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Guide to the John L. Lievsay Papers, 1937 - 1989

Abstract

John L. Lievsay was an educator, author, and noted authority on Italian Renaissance literature. He was a Professor Emeritus of English at Duke University from 1962-1975. The collection includes correspondence with students, publishers, administrators, and faculty. Major subjects include all aspects of Renaissance scholarship, Lievsay's career as a professor of English, and his involvement with the Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John L. Lievsay papers 1937 - 1989
Creator
Lievsay, John Leon.
Extent
4.5 Linear Feet , 4500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence with students, publishers, administrators, and faculty. Major subjects include all aspects of Renaissance scholarship, Lievsay's career as a professor of English, and his involvement with the Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

An index to the correspondence file is included in the collection file. The index gives the name of each correspondent, an identifying description, and dates of correspondence. Please consult University Archives staff.

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Contents of the Collection

The collection includes correspondence with students, publishers, administrators, and faculty. Major subjects include all aspects of Renaissance scholarship, Lievsay's career as a professor of english, and his involvement with the Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

An index to the correspondence file, giving the name of each correspondent, identifying description, and dates of correspondence, is included in the collection file. Please consult University Archives staff.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Some folders also have alphabetical letters but these letters do not relate to the correspondents' last names.

Aug. 30, 1937-March 9, 1965
Box 1
March 12, 1965-Dec., 1972
Box 2
Jan. 8, 1973-Dec. 31, 1989
Box 3
Addendum, 1947-1971
Box 3

Historical Note

Born in Whitesboro, Texas, John Leon Lievsay (1906-1992) was educated at the University of Washington (B.A., 1926; M.A., 1932; Ph.D., 1937). After teaching at Stanford University and the University of Tennessee, Lievsay came to Duke University in 1962 as a Professor of English. He was a James B. Duke Professor of English from 1970 until his retirement in 1975.

Lievsay's specialty was sixteenth and seventeenth century literature, with an emphasis on Anglo-Italian relations. He was a research fellow at the Huntington, Newberry, and Folger Libraries, as well as a Fulbright Fellow in Italy (1953-1954) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1968-1969). Lievsay was a special consultant in Italian at the Folger Library (1959-1960); chairman of the Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies; and a member of the Renaissance Society of America, the Dante Society, and the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

Lievsay married Muriel M. Britten in 1926 and they had one son, John Edward.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John L. Lievsay Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The John L. Lievsay Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1991 (A91-47) and in 1993 (A93-47).

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Daniel

Completed February 2004

Encoded by Linda Daniel, February 2004

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