Walter B. Scott papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

17 boxes, one oversize folder, four half-size boxes and one legal-size box of material consisting of biographical materials, correspondence, publications and reviews, lectures, translations, parodies, research notes, and teaching materials relating to Walter B. Scott, as well as copies of Scott’s parodies, drawings and watercolors by Scott, and biographical materials and correspondence relating to his wife, Elizabeth Franklin Scott. Included in the collection are parodies of Scott’s friend and Northwestern University colleague George Cohen.

Biographical Historical Note

Walter B. Scott was a professor of literature at Northwestern University between 1939 and his death in 1980. He and his wife Elizabeth were part of a vibrant social circle that included Richard Ellmann (English), Harrison Hayford (English), and George Cohen (Art). Their friendships were marked by extensive and lively correspondence and the production of many parodies, cartoons and spoofs.

Additional Notes

Related collection: George M. Cohen Papers and Harrison M. Hayford Papers, Northwestern University Library.