Edgar Hill Duncan Papers

Identifier: MSS.0124

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Dr. Edgar Hill Duncan (1905-1980), longtime English professor at Vanderbilt.


  • circa 1930s-1980

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Biographical Note - Edgar Hill Duncan, Jr.

Edgar Hill Duncan, Jr. was born on September 16, 1905 in Nashville, Tennessee. he earned his B.A. from Randolph Macon College, his M.A. from the University of Southern California, and his PhD from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he was the Director of Freshman English from 1937-1955, the Director of Graduate Studies from 1960-1967, and Chairman of the English Department from 1963-1966. He died on October 15, 1980 in Nashville, TN.


24.19 Linear Feet (17 Paige boxes; 7 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of Dr. Edgar Hill Duncan (1905-1980), longtime English professor at Vanderbilt.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Edgar Hill Duncan Papers
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Nellie Burns
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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