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June Rose Colby Papers

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June Rose Colby Papers, 1865-1940 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

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Collection Overview

Title: June Rose Colby Papers, 1865-1940Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1875-1925

ID: FS/IAI19XX_03

Primary Creator: Colby, J. Rose (June Rose) (1856-1941)

Other Creators: Addams, Jane, 1860-1935, Arnold, Matthew, ǂd 1822-1888, Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947, Dickerman, Elizabeth S. (Elizabeth Street), 1872-, Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895, Ellsworth, William Webster, 1855-1936, Gage, Frances Dana, 1808-1884, Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911, Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894, Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885, Lewis, James, 1863-1939, Livermore, Mary A. (Mary Ashton), 1820-1905, McKinley, William Brown, 1856-1926, Paul, Alice, 1885-1977, Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, Sherman, Lawrence Yates, ǂd 1858-1939, Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933, Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894, Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883, Underwood, Oscar W. (Oscar Wilder), 1862-1929, Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892

Extent: 3.35 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is divided into five series by material type. Series I includes high school and college notes, exams, essays, and notebooks pertaining to her pre-professional career. Series II is comprised of materials produced during her nearly forty years as a professor at ISNU. Series III is made up of photographs of Dr. Colby, as well as tin types of her family. Series IV possesses ephemera including newspaper clippings and drawings. Series V has been devoted to miscellaneous correspondence between Dr. Colby and various parties.

Subjects: Colby, J. Rose (June Rose), 1856-1941, Colby, J. Rose (June Rose), 1856-1941 - Correspondence., College teachers - Illinois - Normal., Illinois State Normal University., Language arts (Higher), Literature--Study and teaching (Higher)

Languages: English

Abstract

June Rose Colby was a professor of English at ISNU from 1892 to 1932. The materials contained within this collection include pre-professional high school and university papers, manuscripts produced during her professional years at ISNU, poems, teaching notes, correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, and several pieces of ephemera.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: Pre-Professional, c. 1865, 1871-1877, 1884-1886 holds materials produced by Dr. Colby during her high school and college years. Included among these materials are essays and notebooks retained by Dr. Colby from her time at Ann Arbor High School. The content of these essays and notebooks varies from item to item, and reflects the eclectic curriculum which characterizes high school education. The materials in this series pertaining to Dr. Colby's college career consist primarily of notebooks, essays, and exams she produced while both an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Michigan. Like those of her high school years, these college materials cover a broad range of academic subjects--from literature and rhetoric, to science, language, and philosophy.

Series II: Professional, 1872, 1881, 1892-1931, 1935, 1940 possesses materials generated by Dr. Colby during her nearly forty-year career as a professor of literature at Illinois State Normal University. Included are various manuscripts, poems, teaching notes, pamphlets, misc. writings, and tributes. A preponderance of Dr. Colby's professional materials consist of manuscripts relating to a number of subjects, though many of these items deal with the function of literature in societal and institutional milieus, e.g. elementary and high schools, as well as libraries. In addition to these materials, several of the manuscripts contained in series II bear relation to Dr. Colby's published works. Her work on the subject of Sir Walter Scott's novel Quentin Durward is especially well-represented among the manuscripts comprising Series II.

Series III: Photographs, undated is comprised of photographs of Dr. Colby and her family, as well as tin types of her family. These items span decades, and depict Dr. Colby at various stages of her life.

Series IV: Ephemera, 1887, 1906-1907, 1912 holds ephemera including newspaper clippings, drawings, programs, and notecards.

Series V: Correspondence, 1896 contains miscellaneous correspondence between Dr. Colby and various parties. Among these assorted letters, etc. are several items which Dr. Colby received from notable individuals over the course of her professional career.

Collection Historical Note

June Rose Colby, the fourth of five children, was born to Lewis and Celestia Rice Colby of Cherry Valley, Ohio on June 4, 1856. Home schooled for much of her youth, she eventually graduated from Ann Arbor High School in Michigan before enrolling at the University of Michigan in 1874. Following the completion of a four year A.B. degree, Dr. Colby spent the years 1878 to 1883 teaching high school classes.

Having left her high school teaching position in order to pursue a graduate degree, Dr. Colby earned a A.M. degree from the University of Michigan in 1885. The following year she became one of the first female students to complete Ph.D. work at the University of Michigan.

For six years following the completion of her Ph.D. work, Dr. Colby was unable to obtain a university position. During this period she taught high school classes in Peoria, IL In 1892, however, Dr. Colby was finally granted a professorship at Illinois State Normal University. Over the course of her nearly forty-year career at ISNU, Dr. Colby specialized in literature, grammar, and composition.

Upon her retirement in July, 1931, she was made Emerita Professor of Literature. She never married, nor had she any children. Dr. Colby died in her home at 302 West Mulberry Street, Normal, IL on May 11, 1941.

Subject/Index Terms

Colby, J. Rose (June Rose), 1856-1941
Colby, J. Rose (June Rose), 1856-1941 - Correspondence.
College teachers - Illinois - Normal.
Illinois State Normal University.
Language arts (Higher)
Literature--Study and teaching (Higher)

Administrative Information

Repository: Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

Access Restrictions: The entire collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials held within the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: These materials were found as part of the larger University Archives collection and were processed in 2001.

Related Materials: Records of the Illinois State University Department of English, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Preferred Citation: June Rose Colby Papers, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Processing Information: Materials were rehoused in acid free folders and boxes. Paper clips were removed.


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[Series I: Pre-Professional, c. 1865, 1871-1877, 1884-1886.],
[Series II: Professional, 1872, 1879-1937, 1940.],
[Series III: Photographs, undated.],
[Series IV: Ephemera, 1887, 1906-1907, 1912.],
[Series V: Correspondence, 1896.],
[All]

Series I: Pre-Professional, c. 1865, 1871-1877, 1884-1886.Add to your cart.
Series I holds materials produced by Dr. Colby during her high school and college years. Included among these materials are essays and notebooks retained by Dr. Colby from her time at Ann Arbor High School. The content of these essays and notebooks varies from item to item, and reflects the eclectic curriculum which characterizes high school education. The materials in this series pertaining to Dr. Colby's college career consist primarily of notebooks, essays, and exams she produced while both an undergraduate and graduate student at The University of Michigan. Like those of her high school years, these college materials cover a broad range of academic subjects--from literature and rhetoric, to science, language, and philosophy.
Extent: 1.5 Linear feet
Sub-Series 1: Theses, 1885.Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Some Ethical Aspects of Later Elizabethan Tragedy, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: A Study of Matthew Arnold: A Thesis For the Degree of M.A., 18 Jun, 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Doctoral Thesis, undated.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Notebooks, 1873-1874, 1876-1877, 1884-1886.Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Chaucer-Plato, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Chemistry, Feb 1877.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Chemistry, Apr 1877.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Creative Literature, Oct 1884.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Education, undated.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Elizabethan Literature, Oct 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ethics, Feb 1886.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: French, Sep 1876.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Greek, Jan 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: History, 1876.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: History, Philosophy, May 1886.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Language, Aug 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Latin, 1876.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous, Feb 1885.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Philosophy, Sep 1877.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Physics, Sep 1874.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Schiller, Sep 1884.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Essays, Exams, Notes, 1871-1875, 1885-1886.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Abstract of the Panegyrieus of Isocrates, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Abstract of Schiller's Essay "Concerning Grace and Dignity", undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: A Criticism on Miss Dratt's Essay on "Henry IV", Apr 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: A King's Household, 21 Mar, 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: An Essay on Edmund Burke's "Reflection on the French Revolution", undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: An Essay on the Tragedy "Coriolanus", Jun 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: The Aztecs, Nov 1874.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Blessed is He Who Has Found His Work, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Captain Cuttle, Apr 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Critique on Mr. Lockwood's "Essay on Paradise Lost", undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 30A: Critique on Ignorance, 2 Jan 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Delos, 18 May, 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Dowder, Oct 1872.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Exam, Ethics, Jun 1886.Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Failure, 28 Oct, 1872.Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Gessler's Cap, 30 Oct, 1874.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: The Gyropaedia of Xenophon, May 1874.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Homeric Unity, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: John Morley, 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 39: List of Articles and Reviews, 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 40: The Need for Heroes, 15 May, 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Notes on Debate, 13 Sep, 1872.Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Notes, Latin, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Notes, Misc, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 44: On Every Major Height There Lies Repose (Goethe), undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Our Plurality, Mar 1875.Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Partisanship, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Philomathian Public Lyceum, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 48: The Practical Use of the Ideal, Oct 1875.Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Roman Orators, 25 Oct, 1872.Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Sieve Sailing, Jan 1873.Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Silas Marner, 1885.Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Something About Emigrants, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 53: The Third Punic War, 1871.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Poems, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Misc. Writings, c. 1865.Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Pre-Professional, c. 1865, 1871-1877, 1884-1886.],
[Series II: Professional, 1872, 1879-1937, 1940.],
[Series III: Photographs, undated.],
[Series IV: Ephemera, 1887, 1906-1907, 1912.],
[Series V: Correspondence, 1896.],
[All]


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