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Wayne Fields Papers


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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


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Wayne Fields Papers, 1964-2012 | MS Manuscripts

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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

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[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 8: RealiaAdd to your cart.
Realia consists of identification badges from Presidential and Vice Presidentical debates held at Washington University and 3 1/2 inch floppy disks featuring work by Fields
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Washington University Presidential Debate identification, 2000: October 17Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Washington University Presidential Debate identification, 2004: October 8Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Washington University Vice Presidential Debate identification, 2008: October 2Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: 3 1/2 inch floppy disksAdd to your cart.
18 items. Includes disks concerning Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence (5 disks), What the River Knows: An Angler in Midstream (1 disk), The Past Leads a Life of Its Own: Fiction of Memory (5 disks), AMCS proposals to Danforth Foundation (1 disk), letter to Margaret Bush Wilson (1 disk), Eliot lecture (1 disk), miscellanous (4 disks)

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],

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