John W. Cummins Collection 1953-1989

Chatham University

Summary Information

Repository
Chatham University
Title
John W. Cummins Collection
Creator
Cummins, John W.
Collection Number
RG12.2017.002
Date [inclusive]
1953-1989
Extent
2.0 cubic feet
Abstract
John W. Cummins was a professor of English at Chatham College from 1954-1985.  He specialized in 19 th century British literature and life and focused his scholarship and teaching in these areas.  The John W. Cummins Collection consists of documents that chronicle teaching and life on the Chatham Campus from 1954-1989.  Materials include information on curriculum, administrative processes, correspondence, and professional development activities in which Cummins participated.

Preferred Citation:

John W. Cummins Collection, 1953-1989, RG12.2017.002, Chatham University ARchives & Special Collections.

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Biographical Information:

John W. Cummins was a professor of English at Chatham College from 1954-1985. His research focused primarily on 18 th and 19  th century literature. At Chatham, Cummins served as an advisor on the Minor Bird, participated in theater productions, and became the chairperson of the English Department and the Buhl Professor of English in 1987. After retiring from teaching, Cummins held the position of archival project director until his final retirement in 1993. He passed away in 2001.

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Scope and Contents

The John W. Cummins Collection consists of records of his life and work at Chatham College from the 1950s through the 1980s.   Materials include newspaper clippings, correspondence, professional development information, materials related to teaching such as syllabi and tests, speeches, and letters of recommendation.

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Arrangement of Materials:

Series I. Personal Information and Research

Series II. Administrative Activities

Series III. Course Materials

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Chatham University, November 2018

Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA, 15232
412-365-1212
jkmref@chatham.edu

Conditions Governing Access:

The John W. Cummins Collection is open for research. Three folders containing faculty evaluations are restricted.

Custodial History:

Materials were identified in the archives in May of 2007.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cummins, John W.

Subject(s)

  • Chatham University -- Archives
  • Chatham University -- History -- Sources
  • Education of Women -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History -- Sources
  • Women's colleges -- United States -- History -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Series Personal Information and Research 1953-1985 

Scope and Contents

Highlighting various aspects of  John W. Cummins’ tenure at Chatham, this series includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, personal research materials, etc.

  BoxFolder
Curriculum Vitas (CVs) 1985, c.1957 11
  BoxFolder
Biographical Clippings 12
  BoxFolder
Photographs 13
  BoxFolder
Correspondence 14
  BoxFolder
Book Research 1953-1955 15
  BoxFolder
Himself and Mr. Maxwell…pages 100-xx 16
  BoxFolder
Himself and Mr. Maxwell…pages 100-xx 17
  BoxFolder
Himself and Mr. Maxwell…pages 100-xx 18
  BoxFolder
Himself and Mr. Maxwell…pages 100-xx 19
  BoxFolder
Speeches and Lectures 1958-1985 110

Series Administrative Activities 1953-1989 

Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, faculty evaluations, student evaluations, tutorial advising materials, and administrative correspondence.

  BoxFolder
Administrative Correspondence 1954-1989 111
  BoxFolder
Letters of Recommendation for Students 1964-1987 112
  BoxFolder
Tutorials Directed by John W. Cummings 1955-1976 113
  BoxFolder
Student Evaluations 1978 21
  BoxFolder
Faculty Evaluation, Lenz (Restricted) 1979-1980 22
  BoxFolder
Faculty Evaluation, Palmer (Restricted) 23
  BoxFolder
Faculty Evaluation, Misc. (Restricted) 1966-1986 24

Series Course Materials 1953-1989 

Scope and Contents

The largest series, this group of materials contains syllabi, article and photographic clippings files, tests and quizzes, and other materials related to the teaching of various courses at Chatham.

  BoxFolder
Writing Workshop 25
  BoxFolder
Advanced Composition 1985-1989 26
  BoxFolder
ENG 326, George Eliot Seminar 1978-79 27
  BoxFolder
ENG 322, Special Topics 1980-1986 28
  BoxFolder
ENG 323, 240, 340, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism 1974-1987 29
  BoxFolder
ENG 131, 231, 19 Century English Poets 1971-1972 210
  BoxFolder
ENG 114, English Literature 1800-1900 1971 211
  BoxFolder
ENG 232, 19 Century English Novel 1974-1985 212
  BoxFolder
ENG 214, English Literature of the 19 Century 213
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1951-1953 214
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1954 215
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1955 216
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1956 217
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1957 218
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1958 31
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1959 32
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1960 33
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1961 34
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1962 35
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1963 36
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1964 37
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1965 38
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1966 39
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1967-1970 41
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1967-1970 42
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1967-1970 43
  BoxFolder
ARTS B-101 1967-1970 44
  BoxFolder
Misc. Syllabi and Course Materials 45
  BoxFolder
Christmas Bulletin Board 46
  BoxFolder
Article Clippings File 47
  BoxFolder
Photographic Clippings File 48