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Records by Editorial Era [subgrp]

The subgroup RECORDS BY EDITORIAL ERA is organized in series reflecting the tenures of each of the chief MED editors. The series are: Moore-Knott Era, 1930-1945, Kurath Era, 1945-1961, Kuhn Era, 1961-1983, and Lewis Era, 1982-2001 (and later). Each of the series includes subseries relating to content: correspondence, administration and history, editorial matters. Additional subseries pertain to specific matters under particular editors such as the reading program, bibliography, production matters, and non-MED matters.

Effort was made to retain the arrangement and the order of the original materials insofar as that was possible, but inevitably for the sake of consistency from one editorial era to another we had to adapt the arrangement to the emphases in each era. Correspondence, alphabetically arranged, always appears as the first category for all eras. This includes the chief editor's MED and professional, scholarly, and academic correspondence (including intra-university correspondence), both to and from him, with notes on the main correspondents, the subjects of the letters, and who else besides the chief editor was involved in answering letters. Each correspondent's letters are arranged chronologically, from earliest to latest. The only exception to this arrangement is in the Moore and Knott correspondence, where some letters were pasted together for filing in reverse chronological order, as was the custom in the 1930s and 1940s, and these have been kept as they were originally, with the latest on top.

The correspondence is always followed by administrative records and historical files, alphabetically arranged, which contain information on budget requests and staff salaries by year, the minutes of the various committees either overseeing or participating in the work of the MED (chiefly the Committee on Dictionaries from 1930 to 1977, the MED Council and various internal committees thereafter), reports (both annual and miscellaneous), external financial support and grant applications, hiring of editors, ordering of books for the MED library, equipment inventories, statements of account, and the like.

Then follow files and records on editorial matters, also alphabetically arranged: these include such topics as bibliography, dialects, editing progress, editors' guides and style books, papers and articles on various subjects pertaining to the MED, and reviews after publishing began.

Following these fixed categories appear, where appropriate according to the principal activities of each era, some separate categories: for example, for the reading program (which was an especially important activity in Moore's era, to a lesser extent in Knott's), for the bibliography (which was in the process of being established in Kurath's era), and for production matters (which were particularly extensive in the changeover from typewriters to computers in Lewis's era).

Finally, for all but one of the editorial eras, there is a category called non- MED materials, which contains files on the EMED (these are particularly extensive during the Moore and Knott eras), correspondence other than that pertaining to the MED if it is extensive, research and editorial matters not directly related to work on the MED, and occasional files on graduate and undergraduate class matters and civic affairs.

 
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
Box   1  
Lon-Lu
Box   1  
Ma-Me
 
MED
Box   1  
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
Box   1  
N (primarily Clark Northup)
Box   1  
O
Box   1  
P
Box   1  
Q-R
Box   1  
Sa-Sh
Box   1  
Si-Sy
Box   1  
Stevens, Brown & Co. (primarily with Meech)
Box   1  
T
Box   1  
Wa-We
Box   1  
Wh-Wi
Box   1  
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)
Box   2  
Lewis, W.J. (printer in Oxford)
Box   2  
Long, Percy W. (Secretary, Modern Language Assn. of America)
Box   2  
Ma-Mc
Box   2  
Me
 
MED
Box   2  
Knott correspondence with MED staff before becoming editor, 1935-44
Box   2  
Knott correspondence with MED staff while in England, (includes information about trip) summer 1939
Box   2  
Knott correspondence while on sabbatical January-June 1942
Box   2  
Merriam Co., G. & C.
Box   2  
Mi-Mu
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N
Box   2  
O
Box   2  
Oxford University/Clarendon Presses (mainly with Kenneth Sisam)
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P
Box   2  
Q
Box   3  
Ra-Ri
Box   3  
Ro-Ry
Box   3  
Sa-Sh
Box   3  
Si-Sy
Box   3  
Stevens, David (Rockefeller Foundation)
Box   3  
T
Box   3  
U
Box   3  
V
Box   3  
Wa-We
Box   3  
Wh-Wy
Box   3  
WPA (also NYA and FERA)
Box   3  
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
Box   3  
1930-1935
Box   3  
1935-1945
 
Committee on Dictionaries Minutes
Box   3  
1929-1938
Box   3  
1939-June 1945
Box   3  
Louis Bredvold's copy 1929-1945
Box   3  
Division of Work between MED and EMED 1938-1939
Box   3  
Mailing Lists of Various Kinds 1930-1945
Box   3  
Meech, Sanford B.: Appointment and CV's 1930-1935
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1936, 1937
Box   3  
OED Memorabilia
 
Reports
Box   3  
Annual (MED copy) 1930-1937
Box   3  
Annual (MED Record) 1925-1934
Box   3  
Annual (MED Record) 1935-1941
Box   4  
Annual (reports not included in the preceding three files) 1932-1943
Box   4  
Miscellaneous (primarily by Moore; Moore's notebook) 1930-1934
Box   4  
Miscellaneous (on MED or including MED; printed) 1927-1941
 
Editorial Matters [subseries]
 
Bibliography
Box   4  
List of Writings to Be Quoted, 1933-34
Box   4  
List of Short Titles A-Le 1940
Box   4  
List of Short Titles Li-Z 1940
Box   4  
Bodleian Library Manuscripts
Box   4  
Box Assignments and Editing (and Other) Progress
Box   4  
Dialects of Middle English (Moore) circa 1934
Box   4  
Draft Entries and Quotations for B-Words
Box   4  
Materials Concerning Editing, Style, etc., 1937-45
Box   4  
Miscellaneous
Box   4  
Papers by Knott on Editing the MED and Other Dictionaries 1937-1942
 
Printing of L-Sample
Box   4  
General 1937
Box   4  
Completed Questionnaires 1937-1938
Box   4  
Printing of A-Sample and Summary of Responses 1940-1944
Box   4  
Science Editing (by Margaret Ogden)
Box   4  
Style Book (Knott) 1936-1937
Box   4  
Style Book, Revised Edition (Knott) 1939
Box   4  
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

Box   5  
General Comments, Instructions for Readers, etc. 1932-1934
Box   5  
List of Earliest OED Quotations for Middle English Words circa 1932
Box   5  
Lists of Books to Be Read, ca. late 1930s-1942
Box   5  
Quotations for A
 
Texts Analyzed
Box   5  
Alphabetical, with Comments on Reading 1930s
Box   6  
By Series, Journal, etc. 1930s
Box   6  
Form Letters and Readers' Replies 1932-1934
 
Cornell Slips
Box   6  
Inventory of Original Donation 1930
Box   6  
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.

Box   7  
EMED
Box   7  
Reports and Budgets 1929-1938
Box   7  
Miscellaneous 1930s
Box   7  
Samples (and a few from other dictionaries) 1930s
 
Correspondence by Hereward T. Price 1926-1949
Box   7  
A-Me
Box   7  
Morgan, F.C. (of Hereford Public Library)
Box   7  
Mou-W
Box   7  
Correspondence (chiefly by Fries) with F.J. Sweatman 1936-1937
 
Moore: Correspondence before MED (1923-1930)
Box   7  
A-B
Box   7  
C-J
Box   7  
K-L
Box   7  
M-Y
 
Moore:
Box   7  
Notes on Phonetics
Box   7  
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1938, 2002
 
Knott:
Box   7  
American Dialects or 1920s, 1930s
Box   7  
Class Materials, etc. 1936-1944
Box   7  
Congregational Church 1937
Box   7  
Miscellaneous (cv's, bills, etc.) 1935-1942
Box   7  
Modern Language Assn. Meeting 1936
Box   7  
Modern Language Assn. Meeting 1937
 
Piers Plowman A
Box   7  
Critical Edition, with Glossary
Box   7  
Manuscript Collations 1
Box   7  
Manuscript Collations 2
Box   7  
Manuscript Collations 3
 
Kurath Era 1945-1961 [series]
 
Kurath-Era MED Correspondence 1945-1961 [subseries]

Kurath era (1946-1961). Kurath's correspondence has been divided into two parts: the first, in its normal position, is his MED and related correspondence (half of box 8; 0.5 linear foot). Kurath's main correspondents were members of the former MLA Advisory Committee (for example, Baugh, Long, Malone), as well as Allen, the linguist Hermann Flasdieck (Heidelberg), Arthur G. Kennedy (Stanford), Robert J. Menner (Yale), and Randolph Quirk (University College London and the University of Durham), and the correspondence was frequently about details of his editing plan. Kurath was also a prolific writer of recommendations for colleagues and students.

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A
Box   8  
Allen, Hope Emily 1946-1949
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Ba
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Be-Bu
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C
Box   8  
D
Box   8  
E
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F
Box   8  
G
Box   8  
H
Box   8  
I-J
Box   8  
K
Box   8  
L
Box   8  
Long, Percy W. (Secretary, Modern Language Assn. of America) 1946-1948
Box   8  
Ma-Me
Box   8  
MED: Kurath correspondence with MED staff 1949-1952
Box   8  
Mi-Mu
Box   8  
N
Box   8  
O
Box   8  
Oxford University/Clarendon Presses 1950-1953
Box   8  
P
Box   8  
Q
Box   8  
R
Box   8  
Sa-Sm
Box   8  
Sn-Su
Box   8  
T
Box   8  
U
Box   8  
University of Michigan Press 1950-1961
Box   8  
V
Box   8  
W-Z
 
Administration and History [subseries]
Box   8  
Announcements of Publication of the MED 1946-1953
 
Budget and Salaries
Box   8  
1945-1948
Box   8  
1948-1952
Box   8  
1952-1961
 
Committee on Dictionaries Minutes
Box   8  
July-December 1945
Box   8  
1946
Box   8  
1947-1950
Box   8  
1951-1954
Box   8  
1955-1961
Box   8  
English Language Research Center, Proposal for 1951-1954
Box   8  
Financial Support: External 1950-1961
Box   8  
Financial Support: Internal 1946-1953
Box   8  
IBM Typewriters 1950-1959
Box   8  
Inventory of Equipment 1950-1960
Box   8  
Kurath's Notes on Annual Reports circa 1934-1946
Box   8  
Library Business 1946-1958
Box   8  
Monthly Statements of Account 1952-1958
Box   9  
Purchasing Department Requisitions, etc. 1946-1959
Box   9  
Reports: Annual 1946-1961
Box   9  
Reports: Miscellaneous 1946-1961
Box   9  
Responses to Letter of June, 1946
Box   9  
Responses to Reports of December, 1946
Box   9  
Subscribers to MED 1953, 1960
 
Bibliography [subseries]

The bibliography has its own category (two-thirds of box 9; 0.67 linear foot). When Kurath arrived in 1946, he found the MED bibliographical apparatus quite inadequate, and during the next three years editors Margaret Ogden, Charles Palmer, and Richard McKelvey systematized and regularized the short titles used for citing texts and reviewed the dates of all manuscripts quoted. Whenever the evidence for dating was inconclusive or opinions by paleographers and editors varied or clashed, the keepers of manuscripts in the various repositories were consulted before the final dates were set. Their replies make up a large part of this category.

 
General
Box   9  
Guide, Procedures, and General Principles 1950
Box   9  
Stencil Book, with later additions and corrections 1950-1951 (2 volumes)
Box   9  
Catalogues and Books to Be Ordered 1947-1959
Box   9  
Books to Be Ordered from the Supplement (1920-1945) to A.G. Kennedy's Bibliography of Writings on the English Language from the Beginning of Printing to the End of 1922 1927, 1948
Box   9  
Orders and Subscriptions 1946-1953
Box   9  
Library of Congress 1946-1949
Box   9  
University of Michigan Library 1947-1950
Box   9  
University Microfilms 1947-1951
Box   9  
Jordan's List of Localized Texts
Box   9  
Directions for Typing Stencil Cards 1948
Box   9  
MLA Reports on Projects 1939-1951
Box   9  
Dissertations on Middle English 1948
 
Dating of Manuscripts, 1948-early 1950s
Box   9  
A-C
Box   9  
Arms-College of Arms
Box   9  
Bodleian Library
Box   9  
British Museum
Box   9  
Cambridge Colleges
Box   9  
Cambridge University Library
Box   9  
D-G
Box   9  
Dublin Trinity College
Box   9  
H-L
Box   9  
Huntington Library
Box   9  
M-Z
Box   9  
Oxford Colleges
Box   9  
No Reply Received
 
Texts
Box   9  
Ancrene Riwle, Dictes Philosophorum
Box   9  
Lydgate
Box   9  
Northern Homily Cycle
Box   9  
Piers Plowman Manuscripts
Box   9  
Southern Legendary
Box   9  
Wycliffite Bible
 
Editorial Matters [subseries]
Box   9  
Dialects of Middle English (Kurath's Notes), before 1954
Box   10  
Editor's Guide, 1st ed. (with corrections) 1947
Box   10  
Editor's Guide, 2nd ed., 1st typing January 1948
Box   10  
Editor's Guide, 2nd ed., 2nd typing April 1949
Box   10  
Fascicle E-1: Sample Page 1952
Box   10  
Fascicle E-2 1953
 
MED Record
Box   10  
1946
Box   10  
1947-1957
Box   10  
Miscellaneous 1943-1952
Box   10  
Plan and Bibliography 1954
Box   10  
Reviews of MED 1953-1964
Box   10  
Science, Report on (by Katherine Fellows) 1946
 
Non-MED Materials [subseries]

The non- MED materials at the end of the Kurath era comprise the equivalent of a full box (parts of boxes 10 and 11; 1 linear foot). In addition to his appointment as Editor of the MED and Professor of English, Kurath continued during his years at the University of Michigan as Director of the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada, and all of his Atlas materials are in this last category. The first item is his Atlas correspondence, which is mainly with fellow American dialectologists (chiefly Raven I. McDavid, Jr., of the University of Chicago, William Moulton of Cornell and Princeton, and others), but also with the British dialectologist Harold Orton, the Romance dialectologist Sever Pop, the well known H.L. Mencken (author of The American Language), and the Linguistic Society of America (of which Kurath was president in 1941). This correspondence is followed by a number of files on Atlas business matters and on two books by Kurath that grew out of his Atlas work. At the end are some files on his University departmental activities.

 
Kurath, Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada Correspondence
Box   10  
A
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B
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C
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D
Box   10  
E
Box   10  
F
Box   10  
G
Box   10  
H
Box   10  
I
Box   10  
J
Box   11  
K
Box   11  
L
Box   11  
Linguistic Society of America 1951-1959
Box   11  
M
Box   11  
McDavid, Raven 1952-1959
Box   11  
N
Box   11  
O
Box   11  
P
Box   11  
R
Box   11  
S
Box   11  
T
Box   11  
V
Box   11  
W
Box   11  
Y-Z
 
Linguistic Atlas
Box   11  
Account Book 1947-1956
Box   11  
Bank Statements and Deposit Receipts 1955
Box   11  
Bills Paid 1954-1956
Box   11  
Miscellaneous
Box   11  
Orders Completed 1950-1955
Box   11  
Orders in Process 1954-1959
Box   11  
Pronunciation of English in the Eastern States 1958-1959
Box   11  
Word Geography of the Eastern United States: Reviews 1950s
 
Non- MED Materials [subseries]

The non- MED materials at the end of the Kurath era comprise the equivalent of a full box (parts of boxes 10 and 11; 1 linear foot). In addition to his appointment as Editor of the MED and Professor of English, Kurath continued during his years at the University of Michigan as Director of the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada, and all of his Atlas materials are in this last category. The first item is his Atlas correspondence, which is mainly with fellow American dialectologists (chiefly Raven I. McDavid, Jr., of the University of Chicago, William Moulton of Cornell and Princeton, and others), but also with the British dialectologist Harold Orton, the Romance dialectologist Sever Pop, the well known H.L. Mencken (author of The American Language), and the Linguistic Society of America (of which Kurath was president in 1941). This correspondence is followed by a number of files on Atlas business matters and on two books by Kurath that grew out of his Atlas work. At the end are some files on his University departmental activities.

 
University of Michigan Committee on Linguistics
Box   11  
Library Business 1947-1951
Box   11  
Minutes and Summer Programs 1949-1953
 
University of Michigan Kurath
Box   11  
Doctoral Committees (alphabetical by candidate) 1952-1959
Box   11  
Miscellaneous (primarily Department of English) 1947-1961
 
Kuhn-Era (1961-1983) 1961-1983 [series]
 
Kuhn-Era Correspondence 1961-1983 [subseries]

Kuhn era (1961-1983). Kuhn's correspondence is in box 11 (0.5 linear foot). His main correspondents were A.C. Cawley (Leeds), David C. Fowler (Washington), Katharine Garvin Gordon (an independent scholar who was working on an edition of a Middle English translation of Vegetius's De Re Militari), Britton Harwood (Miami of Ohio), Raven McDavid (Chicago), George Pace (Missouri), Robert A. Pratt (Illinois, then Pennsylvania), Roland M. Smith (Illinois), the University of Michigan Press, and Rudolph Willard (Texas; about Old English, Kuhn's primary interest before the MED). Head of production Richard McKelvey and associate editor John Reidy occasionally answered letters. Now that the editing plan for the MED was settled, and the fascicles were appearing on a regular schedule, Kuhn's correspondence frequently involved answering questions from readers and scholars about individual words, usually those not yet published.

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A
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B
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Ca-Cl
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Co-Cr
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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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L
Box   11  
Ma-Mc
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Me-Mu
Box   11  
N
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O
Box   11  
Pa
Box   11  
Pe-Pu
Box   11  
R
Box   11  
S-Sh
Box   11  
Si
Box   11  
Sk-Sw
Box   11  
T
Box   11  
U-V
Box   11  
University of Michigan: Inter-and Intra-Department
Box   11  
University of Michigan Press
Box   11  
W
Box   11  
X-Y-Z
 
Administration and History [subseries]

The files for administration and history (boxes 12-13) are particularly full in Kuhn's era, for much MED staff time was spent on three non-editorial activities. (1) Up to 1974 the editorial staff had been quite small, with progress relatively slow, and the University decided that the project should solicit external funding in order to speed up the completion. Between 1974 and 1977 staff were involved in planning for the solicitation, in applying to the Mellon Foundation, and then (upon receiving a large grant) in hiring seven new full-time assistant editors and moving to larger quarters off-campus. (2) Shortly afterwards, in the spring of 1977 the University administration ordered a review of the MED, which occupied much of the remainder of that year, with both internal and external evaluations and a final report, with detailed recommendations. (3) The most urgent of these--the appointment of a co-editor to assist Kuhn with reviewing--led to a search that began in the winter of 1978 and continued for well over three years (into the fall of 1981).

Box   12  
Advisory Committee 1978-1980
 
Budget and Salaries
Box   12  
1961-1966
Box   12  
1966-1972
Box   12  
1972-1975
Box   12  
1975-1976
Box   12  
1976-1977
Box   12  
1977-1978
Box   12  
1978-1979
Box   12  
1979-1980
Box   12  
1980-1981
Box   12  
1981-1982
Box   12  
Committee on Dictionaries 1962-1977
Box   12  
Executive Committee Minutes 1975-1977
Box   12  
Inventories of Furniture and Equipment 1963-1981
Box   12  
Kuhn, Sherman M.: Miscellaneous 1958-1983
Box   12  
MED Council 1978-1982
Box   12  
MED Library Business 1975-1980
 
Mellon Foundation Grant
Box   12  
Pre-Planning 1973
Box   12  
Pre-Proposal 1974-1975
Box   12  
Proposal and Award 1975
Box   12  
Planning after Award 1975
Box   12  
Assistant-Editor Hiring 1975-1977
Box   12  
Interview Expenses for Assistant-Editor Hiring 1975
Box   12  
Reports to Mellon 1976-1980
 
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Box   12  
Proposal 1979
Box   12  
Award, Reports, etc. 1980-1982
Box   12  
Production Staff Hiring 1975-1982
Box   12  
Reclassification of Senior Research Editors 1973-1974
Box   12  
Reports: Annual 1961-1982
Box   12  
Reports: Miscellaneous 1961-1983
 
Review of Project
Box   12  
Self-Evaluation by MED Staff 1977
Box   12  
Preliminary Report by External Evaluators 1977
Box   12  
Draft Report of Internal Review Committee 1977
Box   12  
Kuhn's Comments on Draft Report 1977
Box   13  
Final Report of Internal Committee 1977
Box   13  
Aftermath and Planning for Future 1977-1979
 
Search for Co-Editor I
Box   13  
General 1978
Box   13  
Correspondence about Possible Candidates 1978
Box   13  
Candidates Asked or Declined to Be Considered 1978
Box   13  
Final Candidates and Comparative Comments 1978
Box   13  
Other Candidates 1978
Box   13  
Negotiations with Ray Page 1978-1981
 
Search for Co-Editor II
Box   13  
General and Candidates 1981
Box   13  
Correspondence about/with Lewis 1981
Box   13  
Sorting Board Construction 1961, 1975
Box   13  
Space and Space Inventory at 555 South Forest 1975-1982
Box   13  
Staff Meetings: Minutes 1976-1982
Box   13  
Subscribers to MED 1962-1983
Box   13  
Visitors to MED
 
Editorial Matters [subseries]
Box   13  
Articles about MED 1964, 1982
Box   13  
Editor's Guide, 3rd ed. 1978
Box   13  
Guide for Compositing circa 1961
Box   13  
Kuhn Article "The Making of the MED," 1976, 1982
Box   13  
Notes on Editing and Reviewing Progress 1968-1982
Box   13  
Reviews of MED circa 1963-1977
 
Non-MED Materials [subseries]
Box   13  
EMED 1962-1973, 1985
Box   13  
Page Proofs for C of The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (1988) 1980s
 
Lewis Era 1982-2001 [series]
 
Lewis-Era Correspondence 1982-2007 [subseries]

Lewis era (1983-2001). Lewis's correspondence occupies a full box (box 14; 1 linear foot). His main correspondents were Michael Adams (Albright), Larry Benson (Harvard), Christopher Cannon (Cambridge et al.), Margaret Laing (Edinburgh), Hiroyuki Matsumoto (an expert from Japan on the Middle English Destruction of Troy), Angus McIntosh (Edinburgh), the OED (beginning with Robert Burchfield, then Edmund Weiner, Elizabeth Knowles, and John Simpson), Eric Stanley (Oxford), and the University of Michigan Press. Letters were occasionally answered by MED editor Elizabeth S. Girsch. As in Kuhn's era, the correspondence frequently involved answering questions from readers and scholars about individual words, but in addition Lewis often asked for help from specialists on manuscript and textual readings (the responses to these latter letters may usually be found in the relevant word files of the MED proper, which are also housed at the Bentley Library). Part of Lewis's correspondence from the mid- to late 1990s on was electronic, and many of these messages, along with his replies, were printed out and added to the files.

Box   14  
Ac-Am
Box   14  
Adams, Michael 1989-2003
Box   14  
An-As
Box   14  
B
Box   14  
C
Box   14  
Da-Dic
Box   14  
Die-Du
Box   14  
E
Box   14  
F
Box   14  
G
Box   14  
Ha-He
Box   14  
Hi-Hu
Box   14  
I-J
Box   14  
K
Box   14  
La
Box   14  
Le-Ly
Box   14  
M
Box   14  
McIntosh, Angus 1982-2005
 
MED
Box   14  
In-House Memos 1982-1991
Box   14  
In-House Memos 1992-2001
Box   14  
N
Box   14  
O
Box   14  
Oxford English Dictionary 1984-2002
Box   14  
P
Box   14  
R
Box   14  
Sa-Sh
Box   14  
Si-Su
Box   14  
T
Box   14  
U-V
 
University of Michigan Press
Box   14  
Fascicle Printing
Box   14  
General 1983-1989
Box   14  
General 1990-2007
Box   14  
W
Box   14  
Y-Z
 
Administration and History [subseries]
Box   15  
Advisory Committee 1982-2001
Box   15  
Affirmative Action 1982-1994
Box   15  
Authorized Signers for MED Accounts 1982-1996
 
Budget and Salaries
Box   15  
1982-1983
Box   15  
1983-1984
Box   15  
1984-1985
Box   15  
1985-1986
Box   15  
1986-1987
Box   15  
1987-1988
Box   15  
1988-1989
Box   15  
1989-1990
Box   15  
1990-1991
Box   15  
1991-1992
Box   15  
1992-1993
Box   15  
1993-1994
Box   15  
1994-1995
Box   15  
1995-1996
Box   15  
1996-1997
Box   15  
1997-1998
Box   15  
1998-1999
Box   15  
1999-2000
Box   15  
2000-2002
 
Celebration of Completion of MED
Box   15  
General 1998-2003
Box   15  
Congratulations from Other Dictionaries 2001
Box   15  
Dispersal of MED Collection and Materials 2000-2010
 
Editorial Staff
Box   15  
Reduction in Force 1995-1997
Box   15  
Work Changes 1987
Box   15  
Electronic MED (chiefly planning for) 1994-2001, 2007
Box   15  
Equipment Ordering and Disposal 1982-1995
Box   15  
Financial Support from University of Michigan (including Rackham) 1974-2001
 
Fund-Raising
Box   15  
General 1980-1993
Box   15  
Diebold Gifts 1992-2007
 
Fund-Raising Campaign
Box   15  
General 1993-1996
Box   15  
List of Possible Contributors 1993-1995
Box   15  
Contributors 1993-1997
Box   15  
Gifts 1993
Box   15  
Pledges 1993
Box   15  
Gifts 1994
Box   15  
Pledges 1994
Box   15  
Gifts 1995
 
Grants
 
Mellon Foundation
Box   15  
1982, 1980-1986
Box   15  
1988, 1987-1998
Box   15  
Financial Information and Reports 1984-1997
Box   16  
National Endowment for the Humanities
Box   16  
1982, 1980-1985
Box   16  
1985, 1984-1989
Box   16  
1988, 1987-1992
Box   16  
1991, 1990-1994
Box   16  
1994, 1993-1997
Box   16  
Reports 1983-1997
Box   16  
Hiring of Assistant Editors 1982-1991
Box   16  
Hiring of Production Staff 1983-1999
Box   16  
Inventories of MED Documents and Letters 1980s
Box   16  
Lease for 555 South Forest 1975-1997
Box   16  
MED Council 1982-2002
Box   16  
MED Library, especially the ordering of books for 1983-1999
Box   16  
Miscellaneous 1982-2002
Box   16  
Move from 4th Floor to 3rd of 555 South Forest 1982
Box   16  
Office of Vice President for Research 1986-1999
Box   16  
Office Procedures 1980s
Box   16  
Oxford English Dictionary Memorabilia
 
Plans for Completion
Box   16  
Responses to 1992 Memo from Office of Vice President for Research, 1991-1994 1991-1994
Box   16  
Final Editing, Review, and Production 1995-1997
Box   16  
Production Staff: Reclassifications and Restructurings 1983-1994
Box   16  
Reading Program 1982-1983
 
Reports
Box   16  
Annual Reports of Project 1983-2001
Box   16  
Annual Reports to Office of Vice President for Research 1986-2000
Box   16  
Quarterly Progress Reports to Office of Vice President for Research 1996-2001
 
Retirements and Obituaries
Box   16  
General, including Hans Kurath 1983-1992, 2009
Box   16  
Howes, Lidie M. (includes photographs) 1991
Box   16  
Kao, Helen W. (includes photographs) 1994
 
Kuhn, Sherman M.
Box   16  
Retirement and Festschrift 1982-1984
Box   16  
Death and Obituaries 1991
Box   16  
Reidy, John (includes photographs) 1987-2000
Box   16  
Review and Promotion Procedures for Assistant Editors 1986-1994
Box   16  
Seminars and Courses Attended by Staff 1989-1991
Box   17  
Space Analysis, 1983-97
Box   17  
Staff Meetings (chiefly of editors) 1982-1987
Box   17  
Subscribers to the MED 1993
Box   17  
Training of New Editors 1975-1991
 
Editorial Matters [subseries]
 
Articles on MED
Box   17  
1982-1996
Box   17  
On Completion of MED 2000-2002
Box   17  
Article on the MED and the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (by Paul Schaffner) 2005
Box   17  
Bibliographer's Notebook: Notes on Additions to Bibliography August 1984-February 2001
 
Corrections to MED
Box   17  
General File circa 1960s-2009
Box   17  
Matsumoto Correspondence 1988-2003
 
Dialect List
Box   17  
Print-out by Library and Manuscript 1992
Box   17  
Print-out by Title 1992
Box   17  
Editing and Reviewing Assignments and Progress 1978-2001
Box   17  
Editor's Guide, revised ed. (with additions) 1988
Box   17  
Fascicle Covers and Publication Dates 1952-2001
Box   17  
Paper on MED by John Reidy (unpublished) 1986
Box   17  
Papers on MED by Lewis (unpublished) 1984-2001
Box   17  
Plan and Bibliography, Supplement I 1984
 
Plan and Bibliography, 2nd ed.
Box   17  
General and Notes for Preface 2001-2007
Box   17  
Miscellaneous and Notes for Plan 2001-2006
Box   17  
Notes for Early History of MED for Plan 2001-2006
Box   18  
Notes for Bibliography 2000-2006
Box   18  
Final Printed Copy 2007

(with some notes on mode of reference penciled in; also includes 3 reviews from 2007-2009)

Box   18  
Q-Fascicle 1984-1985
Box   18  
Reviews of MED 1984-1992
 
Supplement
Box   18  
Plans for and References to 1983-1999
Box   18  
Work on and Future Projects 2000-2001
 
Supplement Entries
Box   18  
Notes 1974-2008
Box   18  
Articles 1917-1997
 
Production Matters [subseries]

Production matters has its own category (three-fifths of box 18 and all of 19 and 20; 2.7 linear feet), divided roughly into two parts: (1) files on the use of computers and (2) style guides for the production staff. (1) Between mid-1982 and late 1983 the project explored, and experimented with, various word-processing and printing systems and, beginning in early 1984, replaced its cumbersome typewriter-generated production system with a computer-assisted system that increased the rate of publication to an average of three fascicles per year between the letter Q in 1984 and the last fascicle in 2001. (2) Between 1983 and 1999 there were so many changes and additions to the production staff that the heads of production during those years, Lidie Howes and Olivia Bottum, decided to standardize, and formalize, the rules and principles of the production process, with the result that they prepared a number of guides and notes on MED style and made them available to the staff.

Box   18  
A-Notebook Example 2000
Box   18  
Back-to-Books Style Guide (Olivia Bottum's copy) 1985-2001
Box   18  
B-Notebook Example (single page) 2000-2001
 
Computers
Box   18  
Correspondence, Reports, etc. 1982-1984
Box   18  
Correspondence, Reports, etc. 1985-1989
Box   18  
Feasibility Study for Word-Processing System 1982-1983
Box   18  
Planning for Computer Use 1982-1984
Box   18  
Procedures for Use of Computer 1980s-1990s
Box   19  
Miscellaneous Notes and Instructions 1980s-1990s
Box   19  
Miscellaneous Examples of Problems 1980s
Box   19  
Printing Samples 1980s-1990s
Box   19  
Use of Computer for Staff (especially e-mail) 1980s-1990s
 
Cross-References
Box   19  
Processing and Some Examples from T 1991-2001
Box   19  
Example of Sa-Sm from MTS 1988
Box   19  
Draft Style Guide (by Lidie Howes) circa 1987
Box   19  
Guide to the Production Process 1992-1999
Box   19  
Notes on Stylistic Details (by Lidie Howes) 1983-1991, 1996-2001
Box   19  
Production Staff: Miscellaneous (primarily memos) 1990-1999
Box   20  
Reference/Master Copy of Stylistic Details
Box   20  
Styling of Definitions A-L 1980s-2001
Box   20  
Styling of Definitions M-Z 1980s-2001
Box   20  
Headwords, Form Sections, Etymologies 1980s-2001
Box   20  
Orthography, Styling Quotations 1980s-2001
Box   20  
Word Division (by Lidie Howes) 1990s
Box   20  
T Record Book 1991-1996
Box   20  
U-Z Progress Charts (samples) 1996-2001
Box   20  
W-Z Front Sheets 1998-2001