Guide to the Arlin Turner papers, 1953-1979


Arlin Turner was a professor in Duke's English Department from 1953 to 1978 and served as department chair during 1958-1964.

The collection includes department memoranda, correspondence, minutes and documentation relating to English Department policies. Also included are minutes, memoranda and correspondence related to various committees Turner served on. The collection ranges in date from 1953-1979.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Turner, Arlin, 1909-1980.
Arlin Turner papers 1953-1979
Language of Material
1.5 Linear Feet, 600 Items
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Collection Overview

Collection includes council and committee records including memos, correspondence, minutes of the University Council, the Humanities Council, the Undergraduate Faculty Council and the Graduate Affairs Committee of the University Planning Committee. There are also records of the English department, including minutes, correspondence, and memoranda. Files relating to student grades and personnel decisions were destroyed. The collection ranges in date from 1953-1979.

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Contents of the Collection

English Department
Box 1
Long-Range Planning-Department
Box 1
Staff Minutes
Box 1
Curriculum Committee
Box 1
Permanent Faculty
Box 1
Office of Education Conference Application
Box 1
Consultant Visit, 1959
Box 1
Professorship in Criticism
Box 1
Department Documents
Box 1
Humanities Council, 1961
Box 1
Humanities Committee
Box 1
Humanities Reports
Box 1
Humanities Institute
Box 1
Faculty Club
Box 1
Library Council File
Box 1
Library Council
Box 1
W.C. Library
Box 1
The Fifth Decade
Box 1
Graduate Faculty
Box 1
Minutes, GPC
Box 1
Faculty Ratings
Box 1
English Idea File
Box 1
Box 1
Graduate Affairs Committee Questionnaire
Box 1
Graduate Ad Hoc Committee
Box 1
Graduate Affairs Committee, 1969
Box 1
Long-Range Planning - Subcommittee on Graduate School
Box 1
Committee on Graduate Enrollment
Box 1

Historical Note

Born in Abilene, Texas, Arlin Turner received his B.A. from West Texas State University in 1927 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1930 and 1934, respectively. He joined the English Department at Duke University in 1953 and served until 1979. He was department chair from 1958-1964. Turner specialized in American literature, writing on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain and other Southern humorists. He also served as managing editor of American Literature and reviewed contemporary works in literary journals. He died in 1980.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Dept. of English records, 1926-ongoing (Duke University Archives)
  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Photograph Collection, 1861-2006 (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arlin Turner Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Arlin Turner papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, November 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A82-48 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.