Walter Clyde Curry Papers
Scope and Content
In 1968, Special Collections at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library acquired the papers of Walter Clyde Curry (1887-1967). The papers
were a generous donation from Curry's wife, Kathryn Curry, and daughter, Josephine Raney. A distinguished Medieval and Renaissance
scholar, Curry was a member of the Vanderbilt University English Department faculty for 40 years. He served as head of the English
department and the humanities division from 1941 until his retirement in 1955. Walter Clyde Curry was also an initial member of the
Fugitive literary movement.
Curry's collection contains 77 outgoing letters; 135 incoming letters; writings - published & unpublished; book reviews;
publishers' announcements & revisions; royalty statements; research/lecture notes; budget/curriculum notes; graduate information;
offprints by others; diagrams & illustrations; photographs; and ephemera. Also included within this collection is 1 oversize folder.
1887: Walter Clyde Curry was born on January 6th in Graycourt, South Carolina.
1909: Received his B.A. degree from Wofford College.
1913: Received his M.A. degree from Stanford University.
1915: Received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University.
1915-1955: English professor at Vanderbilt University.
1927: Married Miss Kathryn Worth.
1929: Daughter, Josephine, was born on March 29th.
1934: Special editor on occultism in Webster's International Dictionary.
1952: Awarded an honorary Litt. D. degree by Wofford College
1967: Curry dies in Nashville, Tennessee on October 2nd.
[* Biographical notes taken from:
Nashville Banner. "Dr. Curry, Retired VU Professor, Dies." October 3, 1967.
Nashville Tennessean. "Dr. Curry Dies, Ex-Professor." October 3, 1967.]
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