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Germaine Dempster collection

Identifier: COU:4371

Scope and Content

The Germaine Dempster collection includes copious notes, essays and bibilographies, letters, citicisms, reviews, articles, lecture notes, research on various elements of the Canterbury Tales, numerous Canterbury Tales reprints, and microfilm that explain Canterbury Tales (textual) relationships. The collection also includes travel materials.


  • 1940 - 1970

Language of Materials

English Spanish Italian French Latin Greek

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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


Germaine Celestine Henriette Colette was born in France. She emigrated to the United States in 1924 to complete requirements for a Ph.D. in English Literature at Stanford University, California. Her thesis on the dramatic irony of Geoffrey Chaucer, published in 1932, set the stage for years of extensive study about Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. She later moved to Chicago where she met her husband, Dr. Arthur J. Dempster who was a professor of physics at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Dempster became a noted authority on Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. She wrote and published numerous articles, reviews and books on the subject. She helped form a research group of other scholars and researchers that conducted extensive studies on Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. She traveled extensively throughout Europe, India, China and parts of Africa.


14 linear feet (28 Boxes)


Papers and microform materials of research related to the Canterbury Tales and the Vita Merlini; also includes travel materials and photographs.


This collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1: Germain Colette courses notes and essays Series 2: Chaucer Research Series 3: Meht Source: Photostats Esope de Macho Series 4: Other academic work Series 5: Photographs Series 6: Assorted Prints and Reproductions of Paintings and Places Series 7: Travel Series 8: Arthur Dempster Papers Series 9: Other Papers Series 10: Assorted newspapers Series 11: Microfilm

Processing Information

Collection process and machine-readable finding aid created by Annie V. Nelson, August 2009.

Guide to the Germaine Dempster Collection (MS 98), 1940-1970
Annie V. Nelson
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Repository Details

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

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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States