Frantisek W. Galan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0164

Scope and Contents

The Frantisek W. Galan Collection contains a series of Galan’s undergraduate and graduate school syllabi, personal notes, graded academic materials, various newspaper clippings, excerpts from his research projects, as well as student projects and evaluations. The majority of the Frantisek W. Galan Collection pertains directly to Galan’s academic career at Princeton University from the years 1971 to 1974.

Dates

  • 1967 - 1990

Biographical Note - Frantisek W. Galan

Dr. Frantisek W. Galan was a Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures, as well as the Director of the Program in Comparative Literature, and a Professor of English at Vanderbilt University from 1989 until his death in 1992. A native of Ontario, Canada, and a person of Czechoslovakian descent, Galan pursued an active academic and professional career in Comparative Literatures and Russian.

Dr. Galan earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Toronto in 1970, and went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature at Princeton University at 1974 and his PhD in Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages at the University of Toronto in 1980. From 1987 to 1989, Galan worked as an associate English professor at the Georgia Institute of technology, teaching both English survey and seminar classes. However, in 1989 Galan accepted a position as a Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Galan served as an undergraduate academic advisor and sat on two graduate dissertation committees. A committed instructor and intellectual scholar, Galan continued his service by assuming a leadership position as the Director of Vanderbilt’s Program in Comparative Literatures.

Throughout his research and scholarly endeavors, Galan conducted extensive research, taught undergraduate students, and published. One of Galan’s early and most significant article publications was centered on the controversial yet pioneering contributions of Prague philosopher and literary scientist, Valclav Cerny in ARDIS, the Journal of Russian Literature in 1974. During his academic tenure as a German and Slavic Languages faculty member, Galan received a series of fellowships and grants, including a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship from Cornell University, providing Galan with the opportunity to perform a linguistic analysis of a “Fonetika, Fonologia, and Grafika.” Galan’s linguistic analysis of “Fonetika, Fonologia, and Grafika” allowed him to delve into and examine the verbal tenses and grammatical nuances of twentieth century literary theory.

Dr. Galan passed away in 1992, just shortly after he assumed leadership over Vanderbilt’s Program in Comparative Literature.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Frantisek W. Galan Collection contains a series of Galan’s undergraduate and graduate school syllabi, personal notes, graded academic materials, various newspaper clippings, excerpts from his research projects, as well as student projects and evaluations. The majority of the Frantisek W. Galan Collection pertains directly to Galan’s academic career at Princeton University from the years 1971 to 1974.

Title
Finding Aid for the Frantisek W. Galan Collection
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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