Joseph and U.T. Summers Papers

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Joseph and U.T. Summers papers
Creator: Summers, Joseph H. (Joseph Holmes), 1920-
Call Number: D.366
Dates: 1948-1995
Physical Description: 0.74 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Unpublished lectures
Series II: Correspondence
Collection Overview
Title: Joseph and U.T. Summers papers
Creator: Summers, Joseph H. (Joseph Holmes), 1920-
Call Number: D.366
Dates: 1948-1995
Physical Description: 0.74 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Joseph Summers, literary critic and Roswell S. Burroughs Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Rochester, was born in 1920 in Kentucky to a family of Southern Baptists. He earned his BA in English from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1941. After spending the majority of World War II in camps in New Hampshire and Virginia for Conscientious Objectors, he married U.T. Miller in 1943. After the war, he returned to Harvard for his Ph.D. in English, where he worked as a tutor in History and Literature, and during which time was deeply influenced by F.O. Matthiessen. Summers went on to teach at Bard College, the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Washington University in St. Louis, Michigan State University, and the University of Rochester. He spent nine months in Florence, Italy with a fellowship from the Fund for the Advancement of Learning, a year in Cambridge through the Guggenheim Foundation, a year as a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College and as a Fulbright Professor at Oxford, and a year as a visiting professor at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Summers is known for his work on seventeenth-century authors, in particular George Herbert and John Milton. His published works include George Herbert: His Religion and Art (1954), The Muse's Method: An Introduction to "Paradise Lost" (1962), The Heirs of Donne and Jonson (1970), Dreams of Love and Power: On Shakespeare's Plays (1984), Collected Essays on Renaissance Literature (1993), Andrew Marvell: Selected Poems (1963), and George Herbert: Selected Poetry (1967). He was also the editor of a twenty-five-volume series, Discussions of Literature (1960-1966).

U.T. Miller Summers was born in Austin, Texas on January 31, 1920, to parents John Brison Miller and Mary Elliott Miller. She spent her childhood between western Kentucky and McKenzie, Tennessee, where her mother attended the Cumberland Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Bethel College, beginning in 1931. In 1936, after struggling to make ends meet as a salesman, Summers' father left the family, with the departing note, "Hold tight, Sweetheart, I'll make good yet." U.T. went on to Vassar College with the encouragement of her mother and assistance of a Vassar graduate. After graduating, she spent a year at Radcliffe College, where she met her future husband Joseph Summers; they were married in 1943. She followed Joe through his many teaching positions at Bard College, the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Washington University in St. Louis, Michigan State University, and finally to the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York. From 1969 to 1985, she was a professor of language and literature at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She retired as an Associate Professor after 16 years. She and Joe have two daughters, Mary and Hazel, and one son, Joseph Jr. U.T. continues to write about her childhood in Kentucky and Tennessee, and has authored one book, a memoir, titled Hold Tight, Sweetheart: A Memoir of the Twenties and the Great Depression (2007) after her father's departure note from 1936.

Scope and Content
The Joseph and U. T. Summers Papers consists of two series, Unpublished Lectures and Correspondence. The four lectures were delivered by Professor Summers while he was Fulbright Professor at All Souls' College, Oxford University. The Correspondence Series contains a mixture of correspondence, clippings, and articles.

Subject(s):
English literature
Correspondence
Lectures
Summers, Joseph H. (Joseph Holmes), 1920-
Summers, U. T. Miller, 1920-
University of Rochester -- Faculty
College teachers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of U. T. Summers.Access
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Finding aid publication date: 2020-06-14
Content List
Series I: Unpublished lectures
Box 1, Folder 1Unpublished lectures
Joseph Summers, "The Middle Generation of Contemporary American Poetry," first course lecture at All Souls' College, Oxford University, as Fulbright Professor, TS with MS notes and edits by Summers, 17pp.

Joseph Summers, "Elizabeth Bishop," second course lecture at All Souls' College, Oxford University, as Fulbright Professor, TS with MS notes and edits by Summers, 15pp.

Joseph Summers, "Robert Lowell," third course lecture at All Souls' College, Oxford University, as Fulbright Professor, TS photocopy with MS notes and edits by Summers, 25pp.

Joseph Summers, "Richard Wilbur," fourth course lecture at All Souls' College, Oxford University, as Fulbright Professor, TS photocopy with MS notes and edits by Summers, 26pp.

Series II: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 2Joseph Summers to U.T. Summers [nee Miller] and the Summers family, 1941-1942
Joseph Summers to U.T. Summers [nee Miller] and the Summers family, 30 letters, with poems, 1941-1942, during his service in the Civilian Public Service Camp, West Campton, NH for conscientious objectors, manuscript and typescript, photocopies and carbon copies.

Box 1, Folder 3Joseph Summers to U.T. Summers [nee Miller] and family, 1943
Joseph Summers to U.T. Summers [nee Miller] and family, 25 letters, 1943, during his service in the Civilian Public Service Camp, West Campton, NH for conscientious objectors, manuscript and typescript, photocopies and carbon copies.

Box 1, Folder 4Joseph Summers
American Baptist Home Mission Society, "Conscience Compels Them," printed pamphlet, n.d., 8pp.

2 newspaper clippings.

Joseph Summers to friends in Storrs from Firenze, Italy, November 11, 1952, typescript carbon copy with manuscript notes, 2pp.

Joseph Summers to the Michigan Local Board No. 264, 1 letter, May 31, 1969, in support of William Renwick's decision to become a conscientious objector; includes William Renwick's reasoning behind the matter, typescript photocopy, 4pp.

Box 1, Folder 5Douglas Bush, 1950-1983
Douglas Bush [Professor of English Literature, Harvard University], 15 letters, manuscript and typescript, 1950-1980.

Douglas Bush, "Professor Fish on the Milton Variorum," Critical Inquiry, Vol.3, No.1, Autumn 1976, includes marginal notes by Joseph Summers.

Douglas Bush to Prof. Donald C. Bryant, 2 letters, 1958.

"The Odd Pursuit of Teaching Books," Roger Rosenblatt, Time Magazine, March 28, 1983, 2pp. [Essay mentioning Douglas Bush as a 'teacher of literature']

Box 1, Folder 6Linda Flowers [English Ph.D. 1983, University of Rochester; Professor of English, North Carolina Wesleyan College], 1978-1984
Box 1, Folder 7Linda Flowers, 1985-1989
Box 1, Folder 8Linda Flowers, 1990-1999
Box 2, Folder 1Dame Helen Louise Gardner, 1961-1980
Dame Helen Louise Gardner [Merton Professor of English Literature, Oxford University], 8 letters, manuscript, 1961-1980.

Joseph Summers to Helen Gardner, 3 letters, typescript carbon copy, 1965-1971.

"Milton's First Illustrator," Helen Gardner, reprinted from Essays and Studies: 1956, 1956, 12pp.

"The Comedies of T.S. Eliot," Helen Gardner, reprinted from Essays by Divers Hands, Volume XXXIV, 1965, 19pp.

"T.S. Eliot and The English Poetic Tradition," Helen Gardner, for the Byron Foundation Lecture, by the University of Nottingham, 1965, 21pp.

"King Lear," Helen Gardner, for The John Coffin Memorial Lecture 1966, by the University of London The Athlone Press, 1966, 28pp.

Box 2, Folder 2David Mason [English Ph.D. 1989, University of Rochester; poet and faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then Colorado College]
Box 2, Folder 3-4David Mason
Box 2, Folder 5F. O. Matthiessen, 1943-1950
F.O. Matthiessen [Professor of History and Literature, Harvard University; historian; literary critic], 3 letters, manuscript and typescript, 1949-1950.

F.O. Matthiessen, "'Correct Copy,' of Matty's last letter, left in the hotel room at the time of his death," mimeograph, 1 page.

1 sympathy letter to Joseph Summers from Robert Strange [faculty colleague].

"The Humanities in War Time," F.O. Matthiessen, reprint courtesy 1943 Harvard Album, essay, 12pp.

Box 2, Folder 6James Merrill
James Merrill [American poet], 10 letters, typescript and manuscript photocopies, 1951-1967.

U.T. Summers to Mona van Duyn and Thurston Jarvis, describing the New York City memorial service of James Merrill, 1 letter, typescript photocopy, May 17, 1995.James Merrill [American poet], 10 letters, typescript and manuscript photocopies, 1951-1967.

U.T. Summers to Mona van Duyn and Thurston Jarvis, describing the New York City memorial service of James Merrill, 1 letter, typescript photocopy, May 17, 1995.

U.T. Summers, "Friendship with James Merrill; U.T. and Joe Summers, 1948-1995," essay, typescript photocopy, 7pp.

U.T. Summers, "Friendship with James Merrill; U.T. and Joe Summers, 1948-1995," essay, typescript photocopy, 7pp.

Box 2, Folder 7Anthony Morley, 1965
Joseph Summers to Anthony Morley [rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Louis], 2 letters, typescript carbon copy, May 11, and October 3, 1965.

Box 2, Folder 8Edwin Muir, 1958-1959
Edwin Muir [Scottish poet, novelist, critic], approx. 8 letters, manuscript and typescript; 1955-1957; articles and ephemera 1958-1959.

Box 2, Folder 8Willa Muir, 1960-1966
Willa Muir [wife of Edwin Muir], 20 letters, 1960-1966.

Box 2, Folder 9Richard Schlatter (Essay and Article)
Richard Schlatter [Professor of History, Harvard University, Rutgers University, d.1987], "On Being a Communist at Harvard," typescript photocopy, August 1977, 16pp.

"A Scholar's Suicide: Trying to Spare a Family Anguish," Steven Erlanger, The New York Times, October 26, 1987, [about the life and death of Richard Schlatter].

Box 2, Folder 10Mona van Duyn [American poet], 1967-1995
Box 2, Folder 11Mona van Duyn, 1972-1999
Box 2, Folder 12Richard Wilbur, 1959-1971
Richard Wilbur [American poet], 9 letters, manuscript and typescript, 1959-1971.

Box 2, Folder 12Charlee Wilbur, 1971-1973
2 letters, manuscript, 1971-1973.



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