01/AR0809 Guide to the Dr. J. Don Vann Manuscript Collection Vann Manuscript Collection Finding Aid Authors: Bridgett Tanner.

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Guide to the Dr. J. Don Vann Manuscript Collection University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Dr. J. Don Vann Manuscript Collection 1963-2007 01/AR0809 Vann, J. Don (Jerry Don), 1938- 9.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
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The Dr. J. Don Vann Manuscript Collection contains materials documenting the activities of University of North Texas English Professor Dr. J. Don Vann, a noted Dickens enthusiast and author specializing in Victorian periodical research. The collection contains numerous manuscripts as well as correspondence, notes, newsletters, brochures, clippings, memorabilia, syllabi, membership cards, program calendars, travel vouchers, and flyers.
Administrative History:

Dr. J. Don Vann is a retired University of North Texas English Professor, a noted Dickens enthusiast, and an author and editor of numerous scholarly articles and books regarding Victorian literature. During his tenure at UNT, Dr. Vann taught several courses in Victorian literature and was active in the Friends of the North Texas State University (now UNT) Libraries program. His passion for Charles Dickens’s life and works led to his involvement in the Dickens Fellowship organization and his founding of the Denton chapter of the Dickens Fellowship in 1987.

Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated in installments as gifts by Dr. J. Don and Dolores Vann.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation:

Dr. J. Don Vann Manuscript Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

Related materials documenting Dr. J. Don Vann's interest in book collecting and Victorian literature may be found in the Vann Victorian Collection of the University of North Texas Libraries Special Collections.

Information about related materials is available at https://exhibits.library.unt.edu/vann-victorian

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. The UNT Archives and Rare Book department request a 24 hour notice from patrons in order to page materials from vault and ready the materials for use. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.

Arrangement of Materials:

Collection is arranged in 2 series that are further arranged into subseries. Series 1 contains materials pertaining to Dr. Vann's professional career. Series 2 contains materials pertaining to Dr. Vann's interest in Charles Dicken's life and works. Subseries are arranged according to subject and material type.

Series 1: Subseries1: Box 2 is a previously existing arrangement. The arrangement was maintained with the exception of Folder 7 which was moved to Series 1: Subseries 1: Box 3: Folder 5.

Scope and Contents

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.

Detailed List of Contents id109638 Professional 1963-1995 id109639 Manuscripts 1963-1996 id109640 1 Articles by Dr. J. Don Vann 1963-1996 641999 id109642 1 1 MacLeish's J.B. 1963-1964 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Archibald MacLeish's J.B. and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109641 1 2 The two messengers in Archibald MacLeish's J.B. 1963-1970 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled The two messengers in Archibald MacLeish's J.B. and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109643 1 3 An unpublished Harriet Martineau letter 1964 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled An unpublished Harriet Martineau letter and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109644 1 4 An unpublished Whittier letter 1965-1967 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled An unpublished Whittier letter and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109647 1 5 William Golding: A checklist of criticism 1969-1970 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled William Golding: A checklist of criticism and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109677 1 7 The Times, the Morning Chronicle, and the Newspaper Stamp Tax 1972 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled The Times, the Morning Chronicle, and the Newspaper Stamp Tax and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109649 1 6 An unpublished DeQuincey letter 1969-1970 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled An unpublished DeQuincey letter and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109678 1 8 Dickens to J.P. Collier: a letter re-dated 1973-1975 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Dickens to J.P. Collier: a letter re-dated and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109679 1 9 Three uncollected reviews of Pippa Passes 1976 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Three uncollected reviews of Pippa Passes and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109680 1 10 Three more contemporary reviews of Pym 1975-1976 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Three more contemporary reviews of Pym and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109681 1 11 Oxford companion to Dickens contributions 1996-1997 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's contributions to the Oxford companion to Dickens and correspondence and notes concerning it's publication.

id109682 1 12 Dissertation notes 1967 Scope and Contents

Folder contains notebook of notes and drafts of dissertation.

id109683 1 13 Research material: Reviews of Two years before the mast Scope and Contents

Folder contains notes and typed copies of reviews from 1841 of Two years before the mast.

id109696 1 14 Richard Bentley and the United Service Gazette undated Scope and Contents

Folder contains research materials and manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Richard Bentley and the United Service Gazette.

id109697 2 Articles by Dr. J. Don Vann 1972-1984 641998 id109698 2 1 Pickwick in the London newspapers 1972 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Pickwick in the London newspapers and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109699 2 2 The British reception of Emerson's essays, first series Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript and research material for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled The British reception of Emerson's essays, first series and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109700 2 3 Uncollected reviews of Thackeray's Paris sketch-book 1976 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Uncollected reviews of Thackeray's sketch-book and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109701 2 4 Bartleby and Pickwick 1976-1978 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Bartleby and Pickwick and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109703 2 5 Wordsworth and the Burns festival: an uncollected letter 1977 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Wordsworth and the Burns festival: an uncollected letter and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109704 2 6 A blot in the 'Scutcheon': a literary notice 1977-1979 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled A blot in the 'Scutcheon': a literary notice and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109705 2 7 Tennyson and the Burns festival 1979 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Tennyson and the Burns Festival and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109707 2 8 The Atlas and Browning's Dramatic Lyrics 1982 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript and research materials for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled The Atlas and Browning's Dramatic Lyrics and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109708 2 9 Elizabeth Barrett's Poems 1984 Scope and Contents

Folder contains manuscript and research materials for Dr. J. Don Vann's article entitled Elizabeth Barrett's Poems and correspondence and notes concerning the article's publication.

id109709 3 Books by Dr. J. Don Vann 1973-1996 641997 id109710 3 1 Victorian periodicals: a guide to research-Correspondence 1973-04-05 - 1974-12-16 id109711 3 2 Victorian periodicals: a guide to research-Correspondence 1975-01-28 - 1975-12-30 id109712 3 3 Victorian periodicals: a guide to research-Correspondence 1976-01-08 - 1976-05-25, undated id109713 3 4 Victorian periodicals: a guide to research-Research notes and prospectus undated id109840 3 5 Victorian periodicals: a guide to research-Reviews, correspondence 1979-1981 id109810 3 6 Victorian novels in serial-Correspondence 1978-01-09 - 1981-04-14 id109811 3 7 Victorian novels in serial-First proof galleys 1985 id109834 3 8 Victorian novels in serial-Page proof 1985 id109812 3 9 Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire: an exploration- Correspondence 1989-02-13 - 1992-01-20 id109813 3 10 Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire: an exploration-Prospectus and research notes id109814 3 11 Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire: an exploration-Contracts 1995 id109844 4 Victorian novels in serial 1984-1985 641996 Scope and Contents

Box contains typed manuscript of Victorian novels in serial with hand-written notations and correspondence pertaining to its publication.

id109848 5 Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire: an exploration 1996 641995 Scope and Contents

Box contains photocopy of typed manuscript with hand-written notations and one set of page proofs

id109849 6 Periodicals of Queen Victoria's Empire: an exploration 1994-06-23 - 1996-04-03 641994 Scope and Contents

Box contains drafts of introduction; reader's reports; correspondence pertaining to publication; and a draft of Merrill Distad's chapter on Canadian periodicals.

id109854 University of North Texas career 1967-1995 id109857 1 Academics, Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries 1967-1995 641993 id109862 1 1 Academic: Clippings (Classic Learning Core) 1992, undated id109865 1 2 Academic: Correspondence 1992-03-06 - 1992-05-19 id109901 1 3 Academic: Printed material 1970-1979, undated id109868 1 4 Academic: Printed material-Faculty Bibliographies 1967-1970 id109870 1 5 Academic: Syllabi 1991-1997, undated id109883 1 6 Academic: Travel expense forms, vouchers 1972-1988, undated id109885 1 7 Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries: Activity list, invitation, menus, program, program ideas, RSVPs id109886 1 8 Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries: Clippings, press releases, brochure 1994-02-20 - 1995-02-24, undated id109887 1 9 Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries: Correspondence 1981-04-03 - 1987-06-26, undated id109888 1 10 Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries: Financial material id109889 1 12 Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries: List-Executive Board List 1981-1982 id109890 1 13 Friends of the North Texas State University Libraries: Minutes 1982-02-23, 1984-10-11
id109706 Dickens organizations, activities, and materials 1967-2006 id109904 Dickens Fellowship 1972-2006 id109910 1 Dickens Fellowship 1972-2006 641992 id109914 1 1 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Brochures, cast lists, flyer id109932 1 2 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Bylaws undated id109915 1 3 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Correspondence 1988-08-19 - 1998-02-28, undated id109916 1 4 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Clippings 1994-04-20, 2007-05-31 id109917 1 5 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Financial Material 1991-1995, undated id109918 1 6 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Membership cards (blank) id109919 1 7 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Notes id109934 1 8 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Program calendars 1988-1997 id109920 1 9 Denton Dickens Fellowship: Script and cast list binder id109937 1 10 Dickens Fellowship: Membership cards-J. Don and Dolores Vann 1994-2006 id109938 1 11 Dickens Fellowship Chapters (Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Portsmouth, San Francisco): Newsletters 1993-1996, undated id109940 1 12 Dickens Fellowship Conference: Brochures, information packet 1994-1998 id109948 1 13 Dickens Fellowship Headquarters: Correspondence, brochures, agenda 1994-1998 id109972 1 14 Dickens Fellowship: Paper presented in London 1972-11 id109950 Dickens activities and materials 1967-2006 Scope and Contents

Sub-series contains materials pertaining to Charles Dickens and Dickens-related activities not associated with Dickens Fellowship.

id109952 1 Dickens activities and materials 641991 id109954 1 1 Book collecting: Correspondence 1967-02-07 id109958 1 2 Book publications: Catalog, brochure, order form, flyers id109960 1 3 Broadstairs Dickens Festival: Brochures 1992-1995 id109961 1 4 Clippings id109962 1 5 Correspondence (with Cedric Dickens): 1993-1999 id109964 1 6 Dickens Project (University of California, Santa Cruz): Brochure, newsletters 1997-2006 id109965 1 7 Dickens tours: Brochures id109966 1 8 Dickens tour (guided by Vanns): Flyer, notes 1990 id109967 1 9 Dinner with Dickens: Flyer, menu, press release 1983 id109968 1 10 Memorabilia: Blank postcards, photograph id109969 1 11 Memorabilia: Shopping bags, stationery, sketches, menu id109970 1 12 Printed material: American Way magazine 1982-09 id109971 1 13 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals: Correspondence, list, minutes, newsletter 1975, undated id110058 1 1 Royal Doulton Bone China Mr. Pickwick Figurine 1932-1983 Scope and Contents

Figurine is wrapped in tissue paper in the back of the box.

id192851 10 702892 id192852 10 1 Matching Set of "The Old Curiosity Shop" plates 1950s Scope and Contents

Two plates are included.