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Moore-Knott Era 1930-1945 [series]

Moore and Knott eras (1930-1945). The correspondence from the Moore and Knott eras (1930-1934 and 1935-1945) is extensive (2.6 linear feet), reflecting the historical fact that the project was in its infancy at the University of Michigan and many decisions had to be made, not least those about financial matters at a time of severe economic depression and those having to do with the samples produced during the Knott era.

 
Moore-Era Correspondence 1930-1934 [subseries]

Moore's correspondence was primarily with well known and influential Middle English scholars of the time, containing extensive exchanges between Moore and Albert C. Baugh (Pennsylvania; also a member of the Modern Language Association [MLA] Advisory Committee on the MED), Carleton Brown (MLA), W.F. Bryan (Northwestern), Thomas A. Knott (frequently about their joint publication, Elements of Old English), Percy Long (MLA), Lorenz Morsbach (Göttingen), Clark Northup (editor of the dictionary when it was housed at Cornell), Henry L. Savage (Princeton), Mary S. Serjeantson (London), James F. Willard (Colorado), R.M. Wilson (Leeds), and many of the volunteer readers of Middle English texts. In addition to Moore, C.C. Fries, Editor of the EMED, frequently answered letters, as did MED editors Sanford Meech and James Rettger and sometimes administrative staff members Helen Snyder and Eleanore Stuhlmann.

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A
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Allen, Hope Emily (mainly to and from Fries)
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Ba-Bo
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Br-Bu
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Ca-Ch
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Cl-Cu
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D
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E
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F
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G
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H
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I-J
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K
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La-Lock
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Lon-Lu
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Ma-Me
 
MED
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Moore correspondence with MED staff while on sabbatical in England, 1930-31
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Moore correspondence with MED staff 1932, 1933, summer 1934
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Meech correspondence with MED staff while in Eng summer 1932
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Meech correspondence about dialect-survey documents 1932
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Mi-Mu
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N (primarily Clark Northup)
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O
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P
Box   1  
Q-R
Box   1  
Sa-Sh
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Si-Sy
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Stevens, Brown & Co. (primarily with Meech)
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T
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Wa-We
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Wh-Wi
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Wo-Wy
Box   1  
X-Y-Z
 
Knott-Era Correspondence 1935-1945 [subseries]

Knott's correspondence was with many of the same Middle English scholars as Moore's, as well as with others: Hope Emily Allen (a well known independent scholar who also worked for the EMED for a time), Baugh, Bryan, H.H. Carter (Indiana; about his dictionary of Middle English musical terms), Sir William Craigie (former editor of the OED, editor at the time of the Dictionary of American English at the University of Chicago and the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue in Edinburgh), John S. Kenyon (Hiram College; primarily about their joint book, A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English, published in 1944), Kemp Malone (Johns Hopkins; also a member of the MLA's Advisory Committee), John M. Manly (Chicago), Savage, Kenneth Sisam (Oxford University Press), David Stevens (of the Rockefeller Foundation), J.S.P. Tatlock (California-Berkeley), and Clarence S. Yoakum (Dean of the University of Michigan Graduate School), as well as various volunteer readers. In addition to Knott, Fries, Meech, MED editor Harold Whitehall, and EMED editor Hereward Price answered letters.

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A
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Allen, Hope Emily
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Ba-Bi
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Bl-Br
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Bu
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Ca-Ch
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Cl-Cu
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D
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E
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F
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G
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Ha-He
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Hi-Hy
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I
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International Filmbook Corp. (mainly with Fries)
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J
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Ka-Ke
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Kenyon, John S. (mainly with Knott about their American Pronouncing Dictionary)
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Ki-Ky
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L
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Leslie, John A. (inmate at Ohio Penitentiary)
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Lewis, W.J. (printer in Oxford)
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Long, Percy W. (Secretary, Modern Language Assn. of America)
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Ma-Mc
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Me
 
MED
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Knott correspondence with MED staff before becoming editor, 1935-44
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Knott correspondence with MED staff while in England, (includes information about trip) summer 1939
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Knott correspondence while on sabbatical January-June 1942
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Merriam Co., G. & C.
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Mi-Mu
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N
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O
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Oxford University/Clarendon Presses (mainly with Kenneth Sisam)
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P
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Q
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Ra-Ri
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Ro-Ry
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Sa-Sh
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Si-Sy
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Stevens, David (Rockefeller Foundation)
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T
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U
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V
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Wa-We
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Wh-Wy
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WPA (also NYA and FERA)
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X-Y-Z
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Yoakum, Clarence S. (Dean, Graduate School)
 
Administration and History [subseries]

From 1930 to 1939 the budgeting for the MED was combined with that for the EMED, with Moore and then Knott along with Fries for the EMED submitting joint budgets. Though money was tight in the early 1930s, Moore was mercifully spared from the financial problems that beset Knott. The project received grants during its early years (1931-1936) from the Rockefeller Foundation (through the ACLS), but that external support ended in February of 1936, and the University of Michigan had to assume the full cost of both projects. The financial limitations were partly responsible for the decisions first, in 1938, to suspend work on the MED and set the staffs of both the MED and the EMED to editing for the EMED and then, a year later, to resume work on the MED and postpone the EMED indefinitely. There is a full file on this subject, not to mention the official decisions themselves, which are in the MED Council files.

 
Budget and Salaries
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1930-1935
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1935-1945
 
Committee on Dictionaries Minutes
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1929-1938
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1939-June 1945
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Louis Bredvold's copy 1929-1945
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Division of Work between MED and EMED 1938-1939
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Mailing Lists of Various Kinds 1930-1945
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Meech, Sanford B.: Appointment and CV's 1930-1935
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1936, 1937
Box   3  
OED Memorabilia
 
Reports
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Annual (MED copy) 1930-1937
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Annual (MED Record) 1925-1934
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Annual (MED Record) 1935-1941
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Annual (reports not included in the preceding three files) 1932-1943
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Miscellaneous (primarily by Moore; Moore's notebook) 1930-1934
Box   4  
Miscellaneous (on MED or including MED; printed) 1927-1941
 
Editorial Matters [subseries]
 
Bibliography
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List of Writings to Be Quoted, 1933-34
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List of Short Titles A-Le 1940
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List of Short Titles Li-Z 1940
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Bodleian Library Manuscripts
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Box Assignments and Editing (and Other) Progress
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Dialects of Middle English (Moore) circa 1934
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Draft Entries and Quotations for B-Words
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Materials Concerning Editing, Style, etc., 1937-45
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Miscellaneous
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Papers by Knott on Editing the MED and Other Dictionaries 1937-1942
 
Printing of L-Sample
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General 1937
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Completed Questionnaires 1937-1938
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Printing of A-Sample and Summary of Responses 1940-1944
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Science Editing (by Margaret Ogden)
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Style Book (Knott) 1936-1937
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Style Book, Revised Edition (Knott) 1939
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Subentry List, with Powers' Vocabulary of Scientific Terms 1940
 
Reading Program [subseries]

The reading program, which was of special importance during the Moore and Knott eras, has its own category (boxes 5 and 6; 2+ linear feet). It contains Moore's instructions for readers, lists of books to be read, extensive and detailed files on the texts analyzed, letters to readers and their replies, and inventories of the slips prepared at Cornell University and sent to the MED

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General Comments, Instructions for Readers, etc. 1932-1934
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List of Earliest OED Quotations for Middle English Words circa 1932
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Lists of Books to Be Read, ca. late 1930s-1942
Box   5  
Quotations for A
 
Texts Analyzed
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Alphabetical, with Comments on Reading 1930s
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By Series, Journal, etc. 1930s
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Form Letters and Readers' Replies 1932-1934
 
Cornell Slips
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Inventory of Original Donation 1930
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Second Donation 1942-1943
 
Non-MED Materials [subseries]

The category non- MED materials at the end of the Moore and Knott eras is particularly full (box 7; 1 linear foot). There is, first of all, the specifically EMED files (reports, budgets, etc.), followed by the extensive correspondence about EMED matters by Hereward T. Price, who was an associate editor of that dictionary (as well as a faculty member in the Department of English) for a long period of time. The files of Moore's correspondence before 1930 and of Knott's research materials on Piers Plowman are also here, along with their individual files on teaching, professional matters, and civic and personal affairs.

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EMED
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Reports and Budgets 1929-1938
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Miscellaneous 1930s
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Samples (and a few from other dictionaries) 1930s
 
Correspondence by Hereward T. Price 1926-1949
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A-Me
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Morgan, F.C. (of Hereford Public Library)
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Mou-W
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Correspondence (chiefly by Fries) with F.J. Sweatman 1936-1937
 
Moore: Correspondence before MED (1923-1930)
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A-B
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C-J
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K-L
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M-Y
 
Moore:
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Notes on Phonetics
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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1938, 2002
 
Knott:
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American Dialects or 1920s, 1930s
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Class Materials, etc. 1936-1944
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Congregational Church 1937
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Miscellaneous (cv's, bills, etc.) 1935-1942
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Modern Language Assn. Meeting 1936
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Modern Language Assn. Meeting 1937
 
Piers Plowman A
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Critical Edition, with Glossary
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Manuscript Collations 1
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Manuscript Collations 2
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Manuscript Collations 3