Charles A. Smith papers: 1926-1958 (bulk 1926-1934)
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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
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Ma-Mc
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Me-Mu
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N
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O
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Pa
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Pe-Pu
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R
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S-Sh
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Si
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Sk-Sw
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T
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U-V
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University of Michigan: Inter-and Intra-Department
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University of Michigan Press
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W
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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).

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