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Francis Hovey Stoddard Papers

Call Number



1905-1937, inclusive
; 1905-1907, bulk


Stoddard, Francis Hovey, 1847-1936


0.25 Linear Feet in one half manuscript box

Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English.


Francis Harvey Stoddard served as Professor of English Language and Literature at New York University (NYU) from 1888-1914 and retired as Professor Emeritus. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of the College of Arts and Pure Science, subsequently the College of Arts and Science, from 1910-1914. Stoddard published widely on topics of English literature, language, and poetry. His papers consist of lecture notes taken by his students as well as biographical material.

Biographical Note

Frances Hovey Stoddard was born in Middlebury, Vermont, on April 25, 1847. He graduated with an A.B. with high honors from Amherst College in 1869 and subsequently began teaching. He married Lucy Maria in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 14, 1873, and they had a daughter, Lucy Stoddard. After 1873 Stoddard worked for several years in the cotton manufacturing business in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was a student at Oxford University from 1884-1886 and afterward spent two years at the University of California as an instructor of English literature. In 1888 Stoddard became Professor of English Language and Literature at New York University; he held that title until he retired in 1914 as Professor Emeritus. It was during his first year at NYU that the University began admitting graduate students as candidates for the doctoral degree. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of the College of Arts and Pure Science (subsequently the College of Arts and Science) from 1910-1914.

Stoddard's published works include: The Modern Novel (1883); The Ideal in Literature (1884); Psycho-Biography (1885); Women in the English Universities (1886); The Caedmon Poems, Conditions of Labor in England, and Miracle Plays and Mysteries (1887); Tolstoi and Matthew Arnold (1888); The Uses of Rhetoric and Inductive Work in College Classes (1890); The Study of the English Language (1894), Lord Byron: Introduction to Works (1899); The Evolution of the English Novel (1900), and the Life of Charles Butler (1903). Stoddard also edited Poems of National Spirit (1904), and served thirty years as the editor of The Pocket Classics (old series), issued by Macmillan.

Stoddard received an honorary A.M. degree from Amherst College in 1886, an honorary Ph.D. from Western University of Pennsylvania (later the University of Pittsburgh) in 1896, and an honorary LL.D from NYU in 1914. He served as a member of the Century and Authors' Clubs, the Modern Language Association of America, and the American Association of University Professors. Stoddard died in New York City on February 6, 1936.


Materials are arranged chronologically in two series:

Series I: Lecture Notes

Series II: Biographical Materials

Scope and Contents

Francis Hovey Stoddard's papers consist of two folders of lecture notes taken by his students for courses taught from 1905-1907, a menu for a dinner given in his honor in 1914, and a copy of his biographical sketch in the 1937 National Cyclopedia of American Biography.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Francis Hovey Stoddard Papers; MC 41; box number; folder number or item identifier; New York University Archives, New York University.

Location of Materials

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; there is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials. The accession number associated with this collection is 2019.011.

Related Materials

Guide to the Records of the Office of the Dean, University College of Arts and Pure Science (Francis Hovey Stoddard), 1904-1936 (RG 18.0.1).

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About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:54:21 -0400.
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Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2019 are unknown.

Revisions to this Guide

January 2019: Edited by Jennifer E. Neal for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description
May 2021: Edited by Rachel Mahre revising laudatory language in the Biographical Note and Abstract


New York University Archives

Series 1: Lecture Notes, 1905-1907, inclusive

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Series I includes lecture notes taken by Stoddard's students for courses taught from 1905-1907.

Notes on the Development of Fiction - Taken by Katharine C. Shively from the Lectures of Professor Stoddard (English IV), 1905-1906, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Lectures on English Poetry Delivered by Professor Stoddard - Notes Taken by Olga Marx in the Graduate School of NYU, 1906-1907, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 2 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Series 2: Biographical Materials, 1914-1937, inclusive

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Series II includes a menu for a dinner given Stoddard's honor in 1914 and a copy of his biographical sketch in the 1939 National Cyclopedia of American Biography.

Dinner Given in Honor of Frances Hovey Stoddard, 1914

Box: 1, Folder: 3 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Francis Hovey Stoddard Biography, 1937

Box: 1, Folder: 4 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
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