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Lawrence Sargent Hall Papers 1938-1993


Writings -- Fiction

Catalog Number: M82.1

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Series Description:
Contains five subseries: Short stories, Poems, Novels, Plays, and Ideas. Published and unpublished works are interfiled. Drafts, final versions, published versions, notes, research, background information, copyright information, correspondence, and clippings may be included for each piece. Twenty-three short stories, the titles of which may be found in the container listing, are part of the series, only a few poems, two unpublished plays (Heyday for Ids and An Outpost of Progress), and four novels (Atlantical Lake of Tears, Keeper of the Keys: A Bargain, The Not-Innocent, and Stowaway, the only one published). The Ideas subseries contains Hall's ideas for fiction topics and possible names of characters.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically within subseries.
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Restrictions:None.


Writings -- Non-Fiction

Catalog Number: M82.2

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Series Description:
Contains two subseries: Monographs; and Articles, lectures, and essays. Published and unpublished works are interfiled. Drafts, final versions, galleys, research, notes, background information, copyright information, correspondence, and clippings may be included for each title. The monographs are Hawthorne: Critic of Society (originally Hall's doctoral dissertation); three textbooks, A Grammar of Literary Criticism, How Thinking Is Written, and Seeing and Describing (edited by Hall); and Yankee on a Rebel River, only excerpts of which were published as three articles in The Skipper, November and December 1964 and January 1965. The titles are: The Tale of the Misplaced Dory, The Land Is Mostly Water, and Labyrinth Without Exit. There are thirty addresses, articles, essays, and lectures, the titles of which may be found in the container listing. One folder of addresses to Bowdoin alumni, one of miscellaneous chapel talks, and two reviews by Hall are also included.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically within subseries.
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Restrictions:None.


Correspondence, personal

Catalog Number: M82.3

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Contains Hall's correspondence, 1958-1992, primarily with Bowdoin College administrative staff, but also with Bowdoin alumni. Topics include: age discrimination amendments to the U.S. employment act, 1977; Bowdoin merit increase salary policies and tenure principle revision, 1979; his retirement and his class's 50th reunion with his participation in the program, 1983-85. Other than Bowdoin College presidents and deans, his primary correspondent is his former student, George Packard (Bowd. 1954), a writer. Correspondence with publishers and readers about specific works is filed in the series pertaining to those works. The correspondence concerning Hall's play "Heyday for Ids" includes a letter from the actress Joanne Woodward.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically in reverse according to the College fiscal year (July - June).
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Restrictions:None.


Class Material

Catalog Number: M82.4

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The largest component of this series concerns Hall's English Romanticism course, teaching the origins, growth, and nature of romanticism with emphasis on the pre-Romantics and Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge. He taught this course from 1946 to 1985. Notes and other material are also included for his American Literature I course in pre-Civil War fiction with an emphasis on Hawthorne and Melville, taught at Bowdoin from 1973 to 1985. Additional materials document a one-time course, The Ethical Component in Medical Judgment, Philosopy 10, spring 1986, taught by Hall and Daniel Hanley, M.D. This course resulted from a humanistic curriculum in medical education developed in 1973 by Hall and Dr. Hanley for the Family Practice Residency Institute of Augusta, Maine. Also part of this series are Hall's notes from the Bowdoin College philosophy course, Semantics, audited in spring 1947, and his notes from Theories of Poetry, one of his graduate school courses, 1938-39.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by course title.
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Restrictions:None.


Biographical Information and Images

Catalog Number: M82.5

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Series Description:
Contains Hall's curriculum vitae and an incomplete bibliography; research material, primarily clippings, for a never-completed autobiography entitled Child of Chance and Choice; his log of a Maine coast voyage of the "Alibi" from Mere Point to Camden and back, July 14-19, 1949; personal documents; a speech by John Halperin (Bowd. 1963), in which he recognizes the effect of Hall's teaching on him; Bowdoin College Class of 1936 Class Day and fiftieth reunion material; and material relating to Hall's service on the Governor's Council on Art and Culture. There are also photographs of Hall used for public relations, as well as casual snapshots on the coast, and group pictures.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
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Restrictions:None.


Audio Materials

Catalog Number: M82.6

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Reel-to-reel and cassette tapes of "The Ledge;" "Jim Crow and John Doe: A Theorem of Integration," a chapel address given on April 15, 1963; "What are the Professors Doing with Our Baccalaureate Degree These Days?" an address given April 15, 1985, in Nashville at the Tennessee State Board of Regents Conference on Higher Education; a talk about his 1962 Mississippi River trip, and the Maine State Highway Commission Shellfish Trail hearing, May 26, 1966.
Arrangement:Alphabetical.
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Restrictions:None.


Writings of Others

Catalog Number: M82.7

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Series Description:
Four works by friends or students of Hall (a lecture by Max Black, a Cornell University professor; an English department honors paper by Norman E. Carey, Bowd. 1973; a college paper by Keith Halperin, Bowd. 1986; and a draft novel by George Packard, Bowd. 1954, sent to Hall for comments).
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by author.
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