Log In | Contact Us| View Cart (0)
Browse: Collections Digital Content Subjects Creators Record Groups

Wayne Fields Papers


Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence, Box 1

Essays, Box 1-2

Material Toward Books, Box 3-11

Manuscripts by Others, Box 11

Ephemera, Box 11

Print Material, Box 12-15

Personal Papers, Box 15


Contact us about this collection

Wayne Fields Papers, 1964-2012 | MS Manuscripts

Printer-friendly Printer-friendly | Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Wayne Fields Papers, 1964-2012Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1964-2012

ID: MS/MS/ms149

Primary Creator: Fields, Wayne

Extent: 19.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 11/05/2013

Languages: English, Georgian, Chinese, Spanish;Castilian, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Wayne Fields Papers includes extensive draft materials toward his books and essays. Also included copies of publications featuring essays by Fields, a small amount of correspondence, clippings, and other ephemera.

Collection Historical Note

Wayne Fields is a nationally known expert on American literature, non-fiction prose, rhetoric and American political argument. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Augustana College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.  Fields is currently the Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Professor of English, American Literature and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined Washington University in 1968 in the department of English, later serving as department chair and then as dean of University College and the director of its Master of Liberal Arts Program. He was also the driving force behind the establishment of the American Culture Studies Program, a multidisciplinary program that incorporates humanities, social sciences, arts and architecture and natural sciences. Fields served as the inaugural director of American Culture Studies until 2008.

His book, Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence (1996) examines the use of rhetoric in presidential speeches, from declarations of candidacy to nomination acceptances, inaugural addresses, state-of-the-union speeches, declarations of war, executive farewells and other special addresses. His opinions are frequently sought by the national media to help interpret political speeches. He has served as a commentator for National Public Radio, Radio Free Europe and various television and radio network programs, and for five years wrote a regular column, “Close to Home,” for St. Louis Magazine. Other books include James Fenimore Cooper: A Collection of Critical Essays (1979); What the River Knows: An Angler in Midstream (1990), a highly acclaimed non-fiction book about fly-fishing, the mysteries of rivers and the uncertainties of life’s second half; and The Past Leads a Life of Its Own (1992), a collection of pieces about American boyhood.  His essays include "One Hundred Years of Solitude and New World Literature," "The American Adams," and "To Redeem from Ignorance: Jefferson and the Liberal Arts."

Fields has also received several teaching awards including the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Interfraternity Council’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and he has won fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Institute, the Ford Foundation and the National Humanities Institute.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift of Wayne Fields

Acquisition Method: Accession number 2013.032

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1],
[Series 2: Essays, Box 1-2],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 3-11],
[Series 4: Manuscripts by Others, Box 11],
[Series 5: Ephemera, Box 11],
[Series 6: Print Material, Box 12-15],
[Series 7: Personal Papers, Box 15],
[Series 8: Realia],

Series 2: Essays, Box 1-2Add to your cart.
Essays consists of individual essays by Fields, arranged alphabetically by title.  See also Series V. Ephemera - Clippings
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Adrift on the Liberal ArtsAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 19 pages
Folder 6: Billy Budd: Authority, Process and the Necessity for Political Action [review]Add to your cart.
Autograph, 3 pages
Folder 7: Cather CountryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 21 pages - 4 copies. Typescript [computer printout], 25 pages. Includes background information and notes, 14 items
Folder 8: An Epic Presumption: Americans and the PresidencyAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 22 pages
Folder 9-10: ExcavationsAdd to your cart.
Autograph and typescript drafts, 218 pages. Photocopy of printed article, 7 pages. Tear sheet, 4 pages.  Includes 2 items of correspondence. Published in Playboy, February 1985
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A Higher PlaneAdd to your cart.
Page proofs, 46 pages
Folder 2: Jefferson's Revolution and the Fate of Republican Virtue: A Reading of the 1801 Inaugural AddressAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 74 pages
Folder 3: Lincoln and the House DividedAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 27 pages
Folder 4: Lost HorizonAdd to your cart.
Autograph, 1 page. Includes photocopy of published article, 9 pages. Published in American Heritage, April 1988
Folder 5: Men, Magazines, and the Art of Robert WeaverAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 36 pages. Talk given during An Art of Aspiration: Periodical Illustration and American Visual Culture at Washington University
Folder 6: One Hundred Years of Solitude and New World StorytellingAdd to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, and typescript [photocopy], 73 pages. Published in the Latin American Literary Review, Volume 15, Number 29 (1987: January-June), page 73-88
Folder 7: Politics, Grandfathers and FishAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 16 pages. Includes typed letter signed, 1 page from Fields to L. Rust Hills (no date)
Folder 8: Remarks Following the Attack on the World Trade Center and the PentagonAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 8 pages. Remarks given to Washington University's Board of Trustees
Folder 9: The Reply to Hayne: Daniel Webster and the Rhetoric of StewardshipAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 32 pages. Includes photocopy of published article, 12 pages. Published in Political Theory, February 1983
Folder 10: The Rhetoric of Elections: Language and the Making of American Candidates, 2008: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout] and autograph drafts, 49 pages. Lecture given by Fields for the Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athenaeum and the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University
Folder 11: Rhetorical Theory and Political ArgumentAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 26 pages
Folder 12: Sarah's SongAdd to your cart.
Typescript [computer printout], 5 pages
Folder 13: To Make a Place, 1985: JulyAdd to your cart.
Autograph, 14 pages. Typescript [photocopy], 18 pages. Includes correspondence (19 items). Published in Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal
Folder 14: When the Fences are Down; Language and Order in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry FinnAdd to your cart.
Autograph, 20 pages. Typescript [computer printout], 28 pages and 27 pages. Photocopy of published version, 10 pages. Offprint, 9 pages. Published in the Journal of American Studies, 24 (1990), 3, 369-386
Folder 15: Why I TeachAdd to your cart.
Autograph and typescript drafts, 29 pages

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1],
[Series 2: Essays, Box 1-2],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 3-11],
[Series 4: Manuscripts by Others, Box 11],
[Series 5: Ephemera, Box 11],
[Series 6: Print Material, Box 12-15],
[Series 7: Personal Papers, Box 15],
[Series 8: Realia],

Page Generated in: 0.609 seconds (using 237 queries).
Using 10.66MB of memory. (Peak of 10.91MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21 rev-3
Copyright ©2017 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign