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William Robert Irwin Papers

Identifier: RG99.0063

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Scope and Contents

The William Robert Irwin papers are primarily reviews, essays, and manuscripts he produced throughout his career as a professor of English. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, course notes, and departmental memos are also included. An inventory, prepared by his son, William, is filed in Box 1. Mr. Irwin's curriculum vitae has been removed from this collection and placed in his folder within the Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03).


  • Creation: 1932-1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

William Robert Irwin was born September 17, 1915, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He received his B.A. degree in English from Grinnell College in 1936. He took his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1937 and 1941. He taught English at Long Island University in Brooklyn and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, from 1938 until 1947. Dr. Irwin joined the English faculty at the State University of Iowa as assistant professor in 1947, and was made full professor in 1962. Irwin's area of research was 18th Century English literature. Dr. Irwin retired in 1986. Irwin married Patricia Beesley in 1939 and they had a son, William Andrew, in 1944. Following a divorce from Patricia that was granted in 1953 he married Constance H. Frick of Evansville, Indiana, in 1954. The papers of Constance Irwin reside in the University of Iowa Women's Archives. William R. Irwin died October 24, 1996.


6.00 Linear Feet

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Professor of 18th Century English literature. Essays, manuscripts, and reviews

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University Archives by William A. Irwin in July 1997. Guide created in May 2008.

Related Materials

Folder, "Irwin, William Robert," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Records of the Dept. of English (RG06.0012.001)

Papers of John C. Gerber (RG99.0062)

Papers of Constance Frick Irwin

Denise Anderson, May 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242