New Collection Guide for the Department of English Records Now Available

Cover of "Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems", 1942 (UA 120.012, Box 14, Folder 23)

Cover of "Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems", 1942 (UA 120.012, Box 14, Folder 23)

This post was guest authored by Sarah Take, a Student Desk Assistant in the Special Collections Reading Room since May 2018.

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that the newly updated collection guide for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English Records is now available online.

The Department of English offers a range of undergraduate majors and concentrations, minors, and graduate programs, as well as multiple courses of interest to the University community as a whole. They also provide multidisciplinary opportunities for NC State students by working with other departments and programs -- such as Foreign Languages and Literatures, Women's Studies, Communications, and Education.

English Majors can choose among concentrations in Literature (LLT), Language, Writing, and Rhetoric (LWR), Creative Writing (CRW), Teacher Education (TED), and Film Studies (FLM). The department also offers minors and courses in Linguistics, Journalism, Technical and Scientific Communication, World Literature, and others. Graduate students enroll in either the Master of Arts in English program (with concentrations in Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, Linguistics, and Film Studies), the Master of Science in Technical Communication program, or the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Poster for English Club meeting at Mitch's Tavern, 1992-1994 (UA 120.012, Box 24, Folder 32)
Poster for English Club meeting at Mitch's Tavern, 1992-1994 (UA 120.012, Box 24, Folder 32)

The North Carolina State University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English Records include minutes, correspondence, handbooks, annual reports pertaining to the establishment of the Department of English, enrollment, postmodern culture (an e-journal from the early 1990's), and a proposal for the establishment of an undergraduate major in speech communications. Also included in this collection is an unpublished manuscript of "The Photographer" by Lawrence Rudner, a professor in the English Department. This collection also contains hand-drawn posters which advertise the English club, as well as Volume I of Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems from 1942. This anthology offers a rare first-hand glimpse into student life during World War II.

Entry #43, "College - Before and After" from "Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems", 1942 (UA 120.012, Box 14, Folder 23)
Entry #43, "College - Before and After" from "Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems", 1942 (UA 120.012, Box 14, Folder 23)
Entry #44, "A Fine Experience I Had Last Summer" from "Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems", 1942 (UA 120.012, Box 14, Folder 23)
Entry #44, "A Fine Experience I Had Last Summer" from "Pen and Ink: A Collection of Student Essays and Poems", 1942 (UA 120.012, Box 14, Folder 23)

For more resources regarding university history and many other topics, search our digitized collections and archival collection guides. Research questions and/or requests for materials can be sent in using the Special Collections Request Form.

Special thanks to Wykila Chavis, Clancy Hecht-Nielsen, Laura Lethers, Angelique Marrero, Molly Pruett, Sarah Take, Rachel White, and Cathy Dorin-Black for their work on this collection.