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English Department

Identifier: BC13-18

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains materials relating to the Barnard College English Department. Included in the collection are administrative materials, such as meeting minutes, memorandums, departmental budgets, and committee materials; course preparation materials, such as syllabi and instructor's planning papers; copies of annual placement examinations; annual reports from the department; correspondence; event programs, fliers, and posters.

The born digital materials include images of English department events in the series titled 'Photographs, 2003-2008, undated.'


  • Creation: 1922 - 2008

Restricted Materials

Any materials that discuss confidential personnel matters (such as applications for work and tenure appointments) are restricted for 75 years from their date of creation, per the Archive's policy. Numerous folders in boxes 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the entirety of boxes 7 and 8 are restricted.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


6.05 Linear Feet (14 full size document boxes, 1 half size document box, 1 flat file)

4.10 Gigabytes (2,277 digital images (.jpg))




This collection consists of materials from the Barnard College English department.

Collection Arrangement

The collection's paper contents have been grouped topically and inventoried at the folder level.

The transferred computer disks in "Digital photographs, 2003-2008", as part of the processing work done by Archives staff, were intellectually rearranged within this finding aid under "Digital photographs, 2003-2008". Additionally, some high-level physical rearrangement happened to allow the digital materials to be easily integrated into a single system of arrangement. The digital photographs, at the highest directory level, were placed into a new folder with a new file name.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the English department in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and the Office of Communications records in 2023.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Dinah Handel, August 2015. Student associates transffered and inventoried the digital materials in 2018. The finding aid was updated with digital materials by Olivia Newsome, November 2023.

Guide to the English Department Collection
Dinah Handel and Olivia Newsome
© 2015 and 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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