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William B. Markward Collection

Identifier: COU:1023

Scope and Contents

William B. Markward's papers are centered around his career as an English professor at the University of Colorado. Of primary interest will be Markward's professional writings and his detailed notes on English literature and the Bible. The collection has been organized into five sections: Correspondence, Writings of William B. Markward, Writings of Students, Personal Items, and Oversized. The majority of the correspondence consists of letters of recommendations for students and colleagues. Markward's doctoral dissertation, The Phoenix Theatre in Drury Lane, 1217-1638, and extensive research notes are featured in the series, Writings of William B. Markward. Papers on a variety of literature topics are located in the series, Writings of Students. The series entitled Personal Items contains memorabilia such as maps and publications relating to Markward's yearly visits to Europe, biographical materials, and various awards he had earned during his career.


  • 1945 - 1977

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This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical / Historical

William B. Markward was born April 26, 1909 in Kansas City, Missouri. After receiving his B. A. from Park College in Parkville, Missouri in 1930, Markward taught high school until 1942 in Sutherland, Nebraska; Sterling Colorado; Canon City, Colorado; and at Kemper Military School. During World War II Markward served as a staff Sergeant in the 849th Signal Intelligence Coprs. Markward continued his education after the war, completing an M.A. at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley and a Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham, England in 1953. Markward joined the English faculty at the University of Colorado in 1945, eventually becoming a full professor. He was a popualr instructor and most noted for his classes in Comparative Literature and the Bible as Literature. In 1966, Markward was recognized as an outstanding teacher and in 1970, he received the Teacher Recognition Award. To further his research of the Renaissance Theatre in England and France, Markward made many trips to Europe throughout his career. Professor Markward was also very involved in the community and local schools where he gave many lectures and workshops. Markward retired from teaching in 1977.


4.5 linear feet ( 3 Boxes)

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William Markward (1909-1982) was Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1945-1977. Holder of doctorate from the University of Birmingham, England, awarded in 1953, he frequently visited Europe throughout his career. He taught Comparative Literature and the Bible as Literature. Professor Markward served the university and the local community until his retirement in 1977. The collection includes correspondence, writing of Markward and his students, memorabilia of his visits to Europe, his awards and biographical items. Guide available in Special Collections and Archives.


This collection is arranged into the following series: I. Correspondence II. Writings of William B. Markward III. Writings of Students IV. Personal Items V. Oversize

Processed by: Gary Sexton May 12, 1986
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States