The Ward M. Canaday Center

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The University of Toledo

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W. U. McDONALD JR. COLLECTION, 1965-2004

Bulk dates: 1976-1996

MSS-118

Size: 1 folder

Provenance: The collection was received from Mr. William U. McDonald on September 3, 1996.

 

Access: open

Collection Summary: Materials in this collection relate to Eudora Welty scholarship and include correspondence to and from McDonald about the Eudora Welty Newsletter and Pieces of News.  The collection also includes printed material and several issues of the Eudora Welty Newsletter.

 

Subjects: Literature

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Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed By: Melanie Kozak, March 3, 1997

Reformatted by: Arjun Sabharwal, July 12, 2010; last updated: July 2014


Biographical Sketch

 

William U. McDonald was born on June 10, 1927 in Meridian, Mississippi. He attended the University of Alabama where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in 1947 and his Masters of Arts degree in 1949.  From there, he taught English at Auburn University until 1952.  He continued his education Northwestern University and received his Ph.D. there in 1956.  McDonald began teaching English at the University of Toledo in 1955.  In 1961 he became an Associate Professor in English at UT and in 1966 he was promoted to Professor.

 

McDonald became an active member in many professional organizations while teaching at the University of Toledo.  Since 1961 he was involved with the English Association of Ohio, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the English Association of Northwestern Ohio. 

 

McDonald was the Director of Freshman English and Chairman of the Freshman English Committee.  He also was the Associate Chairman of the English Department. In addition to these offices he held, McDonald was a member of the Graduate Studies Committee, the Undergraduate Studies Committee, the Library Special Collections Committee, and the Faculty Recruitment Committee.

 

In 1976, McDonald began publicizing, planning, and soliciting manuscripts for the Eudora Welty Newsletter, (EuWN).   As the editor of this bi-annual bibliographical journal, McDonald wrote the news sections and compiled “Works by Welty: A Continuing Checklist,” which appeared in each issue.  The first issue was published in January 1977.  McDonald served on the Coordinating Committee of the Eudora Welty Society. 

 

In March 1985, McDonald retired from UT, returning as a Superannuate Professor.  At the end of the 1992-1993 academic year, McDonald took full retirement from the university.

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            The William U. McDonald Collection contains two series.  These series consist of two series: Correspondence and Printed Materials. 

 

            The Correspondence Series contains correspondence to and from McDonald relating to the Eudora Welty Newsletter. (Box 1)  These letters contain information pertaining to responses from patrons requesting subscriptions, opinions regarding the newsletter-positive and negative reviews and bibliography notes and information to aid in the process of the newsletter.  Also included in box one are Pieces of News, The Welty Society Newsletter, various periodicals, and EuWN transition.

 

            The rest of the collection is composed of the series Printed Materials, which are organized by the sub-series of newsletters. (Box 2-3)

 

            The Eudora Welty Newsletter encompasses the final two boxes.  They were issued bi-annually and are arranged chronologically beginning the winter of 1977 through the summer of 1996.  Each issue contains textual variants of a Eudora Welty piece by various authors.  Also, is an article by W. U. McDonald, “Works by Welty: A Continuing Checklist”, along with many other articles by various authors pertaining to Eudora Welty’s works.

 

            A special issue was published in April 1979 in honor of Miss Welty’s birthday.  It includes an unpublished prose sketch by Miss Welty, “Chodorov and Fields in Mississippi”, and contributions by three of her close friends. (Box 2)

            In the summer of 1996, the fortieth issue of the Eudora Welty Newsletter was published with the announcement that W. U. McDonald was retiring after twenty years as editor. (Box 3)   Beginning with the Winter 1997 issue, EuWN will be edited by Pearl A. McHaney, who has compiled the Checklist of Welty Scholarship since 1986.  The newsletter will continue as a semi-annual publication that focuses on Welty bibliography and textual study and on news about Miss Welty as a literary figure.

 

 

Folder List

 (No folder listings available for collections over 10ft.)

 

BOX

FOLDER

SERIES

ITEM

1

1

Correspondence

Miscellaneous 1972

 

2

Correspondence

Miscellaneous 1973-1981

 

3

Correspondence

Miscellaneous 1977-1986

 

4

Correspondence

Miscellaneous 1982-1989

 

5

Correspondence

Responses to Welty editions census

 

6

Correspondence

Subscriptions requests 1963-1974

 

7

Correspondence

Subscriptions requests 1975-1977

 

8

Correspondence

Subscriptions requests 1978-1982

 

9

Correspondence

Subscriptions requests 1983-1989

 

10

Correspondence

Introduction to bibliography

 

11

Correspondence

Bibliographical Correspondence

 

12

Correspondence

Bibliographical Correspondence

 

13

Correspondence

Bibliographical Correspondence

 

14

Correspondence

Bibliographical Correspondence

 

15

Correspondence

Publicity 1976-1978

 

16

Correspondence

Publicity

 

17

Correspondence

Publicity

 

18

Correspondence

EuWN Procedures

 

19

Correspondence

EuWN Procedures

 

20

Printed Materials

Pieces of News 1992-1996

 

21

Printed Materials

Periodicals

 

22

Correspondence

EuWN Transition

 

 

 

 

2

1

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 1, no. 1, Winter 1977

 

2

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 1, no. 2, Summer 1977

 

3

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 2, no. 1, Winter 1978

 

4

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 2, no. 2, Summer 1978

 

5

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 3, no. 1-A,Winter 1979

 

6

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 3, no. 1-b, April 1979

 

7

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 3, no. 2, Summer 1979

 

8

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 4, no. 1, Winter 1980

 

9

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 4, no. 2, Summer 1980

 

10

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 5, no. 1, Winter 1981

 

11

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 5, no. 2, Summer 1981

 

12

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 6, no. 1, Winter 1982

 

13

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 6, no. 2, Summer 1982

 

14

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 7, no. 1, Winter 1983

 

15

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 7, no. 2, Summer 1983

 

16

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 8, no. 1, Winter 1984

 

17

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 8, no. 2, Summer 1984

 

18

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 9, no. 1, Winter 1985

 

19

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 9, no. 10, Summer 1985

 

20

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 10, no. 1, Winter 1986

 

21

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 10, no. 2, Summer 1986

 

22

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 11, no. 1, Winter 1987

 

23

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 11, no. 2, Summer 1987

 

24

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 12, no. 1, Winter 1988

 

 

 

 

3

1

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 12, no. 2, Summer 1988

 

2

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 13, no. 1, Winter 1989

 

3

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 13, no. 2, Summer 1989

 

4

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 14, no. 1, Winter 1990

 

5

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 14, no. 2, Summer 1990

 

6

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 15, no. 1, Winter 1991

 

7

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 15, no. 2, Summer 1991

 

8

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 16, no. 1, Winter 1992

 

9

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 16, no. 2, Summer 1992

 

10

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 17, no. 1, Winter 1993

 

11

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 17, no. 2, Summer 1993

 

12

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 18, no. 1, Winter 1994

 

13

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 18, no. 2, Summer 1994

 

14

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 19, no. 1, Winter 1995

 

15

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 19, no. 2, Summer 1995

 

16

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 20, no. 1, Winter 1996

 

17

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 20, no. 2, Summer 1996

 

18

Printed Materials

EuWN Vol. 11-20, General index