This collection documents the activities of Dr. J. Don Vann, a University of North Texas Professor Emeritus in English and noted Dickens enthusiast. Included within the collection are materials pertaining to Dr. Vann's professional activities as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in Victorian periodical research including manuscripts, correspondence, and notes for numerous scholarly articles and the book publications Victorian periodicals: a guide to research; Victorian novels in serial; and Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire: an exploration. His academic career as a University of North Texas Professor Emeritus in English and involvement with the Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries are documented through correspondence, clippings, syllabi, travel vouchers, and programs.
Also included within the collection are materials related to Dr. Vann's lifelong passion for Charles Dickens. His involvement with the Dickens Fellowship-including his founding of the Denton chapter-is reflected through correspondence, newsletters, program calendars, clippings, brochures, membership cards, and other materials. Other Dickens related materials not associated with the Dickens Fellowship are also contained including correspondence, memorabilia, brochures, clippings, and flyers.