Records of the Smith Professor of the French and Spanish Languages and Literatures kept by George Ticknor
- 1816-1835 and undated.
Extent1.06 cubic feet (1 document box, 2 flat boxes)
Series: I. Documents arranged by George Ticknor, 1816-1835. This series details the selection and appointment of George Ticknor as Smith Professor of the French and Spanish Languages and Literatures, as well as the concurrent professorship of Belles Lettres; delineates the rules and regulations of the Smith professorship; refer to the development of George Ticknor's program of lectures, including his teaching methodology, theories of instruction, and the organization of modern language instruction at Harvard; and illustrates Ticknor's reform efforts at Harvard College from 1821 to 1827 to alter Harvard's academic organization, particularly around the division of the College into departments and the subdivision of students according to proficiency and merit, rather than alphabetically by class. This series also documents the financial difficulties that Harvard experienced in 1826, referring to suggested remedies, including a proposed salary reduction for professors; and the establishment of the Department of Modern Languages.
Series: II. Letterbook, 1816-1828 and undated. The letterbook documents George Ticknor's appointment as Smith Professor of the French and Spanish Languages and Literatures along with the concurrent Professorship of Belles Lettres (1816-1817); his years in Europe purchasing books for the Harvard College Library (1817-1819); the development of Ticknor's early program of modern language instruction and his initial reform efforts at Harvard (1821-1823); Ticknor's further advocacy of academic reform at Harvard (1823-1827); and the establishment and operation of the Department of Modern Languages (1826-1828). The letterbook also notes the routine administrative functions performed by Ticknor in his management of modern languages at Harvard such as his arrangement of the times and days of examinations and lectures, his arrangement of recitation rooms for the language department, his establishment of student fees for courses, the grading of students, and his committee involvement. The letterbook also provides information about Ticknor's language classes and the modern language department, the academic progress of students, books studied and read in class, and subjects taught to students.
The records were assembled as an archival collection by the archivist at an unknown date from various sources without regard to original provenance in order to document University professorships.
Historical Note on George Ticknor
- Documents arranged by George Ticknor, 1816-1835
- Letterbook, 1816-1828 and undated
- Bentinck-Smith, William and Elizabeth Stouffer. "Smith Professorship of the French and Spanish Languages 1817." In Harvard University, History of Named Chairs: Sketches of Donors and Donations. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Secretary to the University, 1991.
- Doyle, Henry Grattan. "George Ticknor." Modern Language Journal 22, no. 1 (October 1937) : 3-19.
- "Early Instruction in Modern Languages." Harvard Alumni Bulletin, 29 January 1913, 294-296.
- Ford, Jeremiah D. M. "Ticknor, George." Dictionary of American Biography. Ed. Dumas Malone. Vol. XVIII. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1943. 525-528.
- Morison, Samuel Eliot. Three Centuries of Harvard 1636-1936. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1936.
- Quincy, Josiah. The History of Harvard University. Vol. II. Cambridge, Massachusetts: John Owen, 1840.
- Tyack, David B. George Ticknor and the Boston Brahmins. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1967.
Formerly UAI 15.1038.2 Professorship records: Smith Professorship of French and Spanish, 1816-1828 (1 volume)
- See Letterbook, 1816-1828 UAI 15.1038 Box 3, Volume 1
Formerly UAI 15.1038.3 Professorship records: Smith Professorship of French and Spanish, 1819-1835 (1 container)
- See Appointment as Smith Professor, 1816-1819 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 1
- See Arrangement for lectures, 1819-1825 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 2
- See Reforms attempted in 1821 to its failure 1823, 1821-1825, 1821-1825 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 3
- See Reforms attempted 1823 to its failure 1827 in all Departments except the Modern Languages, 1823-1835 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 4
- See Reforms attempted 1823 to its failure 1827 in all Departments except the Modern Languages, 1823-1835 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 5
- See Reforms attempted 1823 to its failure 1827 in all Departments except the Modern Languages, 1823-1835 UAI 15.1038 Box 2
- See Retrenchment, 1826-1828 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 6
- See Department of the Modern Languages, 1825-1831 UAI 15.1038 Box 1, Folder 7
This finding aid was created by Dominic P. Grandinetti in September 2011.
- Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. Records of the Smith Professor of the French and Spanish Languages and Literatures kept by George Ticknor, 1816-1835 and undated: an inventory
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