Fonds MS-2-472 - Allan Bevan fonds

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Allan Bevan fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • Bulk, 1960-1980 (Creation)
  • [ca. 1940]-1981, predominant 1960-1980 (Creation)

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1.1 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Allan Bevan was an active member of the academic community at Dalhousie University for nearly thirty years. A scholar of English literature, particularly the work of seventeenth-century author John Dryden, Bevan earned an MA from the University of Manitoba in 1947 and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1953. He then joined the English department of Dalhousie where he taught several classes each year, ranging from introductory English to graduate seminars. Bevan was active in the administration of the English faculty, belonging to numerous committees and serving as head of the department from 1958-1969 and again from 1975-1977. During his career at Dalhousie, he was editor of the Dalhousie Review, a long-running literary journal of scholarly essays and creative writing published by the university. Bevan himself was a creative writer, and produced a number of original stories and essays.

Custodial history

Allan Bevan's papers were donated by his son, David Bevan, in the spring of 1983.

Scope and content

Fonds contains textual records relating to the history of the activities of the Dalhousie University English Department and to Bevan's academic activities. The fonds consist of research notes generated during Bevan's study of Dryden's literature; academic and departmental correspondence and documentation created while Bevan was head of the English department and afterwards; documents and correspondence relating to operations at the Dalhousie Review from 1972-1980; fiction and other writings; material pertaining to courses he taught from 1949 to 1976; and various undated papers written by his students.

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Original order has been maintained for most of the collection, except for some personal and departmental correspondence that Bevan had not filed in any discernable subject or date order, so it was arranged by date.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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no further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Allan Bevan fonds, MS-2-472, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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