Guide to the Percival Hunt Papers, 1918-1968 UA.90.F25

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Percival Hunt Papers
Creator
Hunt, Percival, 1878-1968
Collection Number
UA.90.F25
Date
1918-1968
Extent
1.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location
Thomas Boulevard, 2nd Floor, University Archives Stacks 9/8/7.
Abstract
This collection contains the professional and personal papers of Dr. Percival Hunt, Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh from 1921 to 1948.

Preferred Citation

Percival Hunt Papers, 1918-1968, UA.90.F25, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Percival Hunt was a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh from 1921 until his retirement in 1948. He was chair of the English Department from 1922 until 1941 and built it into one of the country's foremost.

Hunt was born on January 9, 1878 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Henry Clay Hunt and Helen Marr Garrison Hunt. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa and began teaching English at that university in 1904. He was in charge of the English Department at Iowa when he resigned in 1921 to come to the University of Pittsburgh. During his tenure, he instituted and taught freshman composition, short story writing, poetry, description and narration, and Shakespeare.

Upon his retirement from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948, he turned his efforts to writing books. Samuel Pepys in the Diary was published in 1959,  Fifteenth Century England appeared in 1962,  The Gift of the Unicorn, essays on writing was well received in 1965 and  To What Green Altar? was privately published posthumously in 1969.

Percival Hunt died on July 8, 1968 at the Home for Aged Protestants in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Scope and Content Notes

This is a collection of the personal and professional papers of Dr. Percival Hunt, a professor in the English Department of the Univesity of Pittsburgh from 1921 until his retirement in 1948. Several files deal with the drafts and publication of his books, Samuel Pepys in the Diary and  15th Century England. He also wrote books about the teaching of composition and those are reflected in the collection as well. Of particular interest is a diary that Hunt kept on his trip around the world.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, October 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Per Professor Hunt's instructions, his papers were collected from his residence by Ruth Crawford Mitchell and deposited with the University. This was done at some point after his death in July of 1968 (see Univeristy Archives Personal Files).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Marianne Kasica on November 17, 2009 based on an inventory done by archives staff at the time of acquisition.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The Minutes of the Educational Clinic, 1925-1928, were removed and put into Chancellor Bowman's files: UA.2.10, 1921-1945, Box 19, FF 146.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. -- Faculty

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Memorabilia
  • Postcards

Personal Name(s)

  • Beaver, Harold
  • Hunt, Percival, 1878-1968. Samuel Pepys in the Diary
  • Hunt, Percival, 1878-1968
  • Jameson, Storm, 1891-1986
  • Morrisey, John
  • Pepys, Samuel, 1633-1703. Diary

Subject(s)

  • Authors, American -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • English teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Faculty papers
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Voyages around the world

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Previous Citation

Percival Hunt Papers, 1918-1968, UA.90.F25, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Letter: Discipline II; Diary, 1922-1924   Diary has been tied and placed in envelope.11

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Personal papers and student papers, 2

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Radio Talks 1-8 and essays, 1925-1927 3

Radio Talk 1. "Are These Good Poems?", 1/9/27; Radio Talk 2 “Doggerel & Poetry," 1/24/25; Radio Talk #3 "Common Sense in Poetry", 1/30/27; Radio Talk #4 "The Poet's World," 2/7/27; Radio Talk #5 “Music in Poetry," no date; Radio Talk #6 “What Poetry is: The Theory," no date; Radio Talk #7 'What the Poet Writes", no date; Radio Talk #8 "The Amateur in Poetry: The Question of Taste", no date; Essay on John Keats; Essay on Shakespeare, untitled misc. essays.

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  Folder
Record, Household Expenses, 1918-1929 4

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  Folder
Notes on Shakespeare, March 10, 1968 5

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  Folder
Drafts and Notes on Samuel Pepys book, 6

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Drafts on Unicorn book, 1966 7

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An Outline of Composition, 1929 8

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Draft of To What Green Alter, 1968, titled: "To be Read Slowly", 9

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Drafts of Unicorn book and sketches of unicorns, 1964-1965 10

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Letters and clippings about Hunt's books, 1962 211

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Post cards, 1950's-1960's 12

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Personal papers and correspondence, 1930's - 1960's 13

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  Folder
Pamphlets, 1956-1966 14

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Newsclippings about Pepys and others, 1950-1960 15

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Postcards, clippings and maps related to Keats, 16

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Pictures and clippings about Pepys' England, 17

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Memorabilia and letter about St. Olave Hart Street, 18

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Manuscript of 15th Century England, 19

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  Folder
Poems by Evan Morgan Jones with comments by Hunt, 20

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Correspondence about 15th Century England, 1950's-1960's 21

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Correspondence and other papers, 1958-1960 22

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Correspondence with Harold Beaver, 1960-1963 23

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Correspondence, Margaret Storm Jameson, 1958-1962 24

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Correspondence, Library of Congress and National Portrait Gallery, 1956-1960 25

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Correspondece about Samuel Pepys in the Diary, 1959-1960 26

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Correspondence, John Morrissey, 1948-1951 27

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Reviews of Samuel Pepys in the Diary, 1960 28

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Miscellaneous pictures, postcards and memorabilia, 29

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  BoxFolder
Pictures and newsclippings, 1960-1961 430

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Diary, 1930-1934 31

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Journal of Hunt's voyage around the world , June 16, 1927-September 26, 1927 32

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Papers from Journal including three poems, 1927 33

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