Guide to the Lambert Armour Shears Papers, 1912-1959


Lambert Shears was a professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at Duke University from 1927-1959. The collection includes syllabi, exams, lecture notes, as well as Shears’ graduate student papers from Columbia University and ranges in date from 1912-1959.

Collection Details

Record Group
Lambert Armour Shears papers
Shears, Lambert Armour, 1890-1962
0.5 Linear Feet, 300 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Shears’ collection includes lecture and research notes from his years as a graduate student and professor, final exams given at Duke, and papers written while a graduate student at Columbia. The collection ranges in date from 1912-1959.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Lambert Armour Shears Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Lecture and Research Notes, undated
Box 1
Research Notes, Final Exam, Shears’ Graduate School Papers, 1915-1950, undated
Box 1
Research Notes, Final Exams, Shears’s Graduate School Papers, 1913-1959, undated
Box 1
Research Notes, Shears’ Graduate School Papers, 1912-1914, undated
Box 1
Research Notes, Shears’ Graduate School Papers, 1915, undated
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Lambert A. Shears was born in 1890 in New York City. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1912, 1914 and 1922, respectively. Before arriving at Duke in 1927, Shears taught at Columbia University, Wesleyan University, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. He taught in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature. He retired from Duke in 1959, and in 1960-61 served as visiting faculty at Wake Forest College. He died in 1962.

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The Lambert Armour Shears Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, January 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, June 2006

Accession A94-101 is described in this finding aid.