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Katherine Gee Hornbeak Papers, 1916-1985
10 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of English. Contains biographical material, correspondence, publications, lecture and research notes, and oversize materials.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Katherine Gee Hornbeak was Professor of English at Smith College from 1930 to 1962. She was born in Tehuacana, Texas on January 24, 1897 to Samuel L. Hornbeck and Martha Gee, one of three sisters. Her twin sister, Louise, became a professor of history and taught in Oklahoma and her sister Harriett Lee ("Hattie) (b. Aug. 1892) was a schoolteacher who taught in Panama, the Philippines and in Texas. Her father was an educator and was eventually President of Trinity University (Texas). She graduated from Trinity University in 1916 and received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1922. After her Columbia degree she taught in high schools in Cleburne, Texas and Cleveland Heights, Ohio and at the North Texas State Normal College, Denton, Texas.

Professsor Hornbeak entered Yale University where she specialized in 18th century literature and social history, in particular, the works of Samuel Richardson and Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu. Her dissertation research took her to Great Britain financed in part by a Sterling Research Fellowship. After the completion of the Ph.D. at Yale in 1930 she came to Smith College where she moved through academic ranks until she was made full professor in 1955. Professor Hornbeak was known as an exacting teacher, but one who was fair and full of praise for her students.

Among her publications are the books The Complete Letter Writer in English, 1568-1800 (1934) and Richardson's Familiar Letters and the Domestic Conduct Books (1939). Both texts were published as part of the series Smith College Studies in Modern Languages.

Professor Hornbeak retired in May 1962 and entered Smith College in the fall of that year as a special student in order to study the Greek language, a study that continued for a number of years. Her studies brought her the Julia Harwood Caverno Prize in May 1964, a prize usually awarded to a member of the junior or senior class for excellent in Greek language and literature. She gained such proficiency that she was called upon to teach Greek as a lecturer at Smith College in 1965/1966.

The retreat owned by Smith College, Juniper Lodge, Silver Lake, New Hampshire was often her summer residence during her early years at Smith and for many years she served as the chair of its executive committee. Professor Hornbeck died on February 24, 1985.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Katherine Gee Hornbeak Papers contain items related to Professor Hornbeak's affiliation with Smith College and her own education. There is extensive correspondence from her sisters Harriett Lee Hornbeak ("Hattie") and Louise Hornbeak. In addition there is correspondence with Ruth Hillyer Hill, Katherine Strayer and Anne Francis (Smith College, M.A., 1942; Headmistress of the Pontypool Girls' County School, Penygarn, Wales, 1945-1960s) and from various students and friends.

Professor Hornbeak's research and lecture notes reflect a teacher's use and reuse of notes throughout her teaching career. A file may contain notes for a particular course in a given year, but it is more apt to contain notes from a succession of years (sometimes dated to show succession). Folders labels suggest a date for a course as noted by Hornbeak but materials included may reflect a range of dates. Also there are situations where a particular file will include papers related to more than one course number. Duplication between files does occur and notes on a particular topic may appear in more than one file. For the most part files are as Professor Hornbeak left them and reflect these many apparent date and course conflicts.

The Hornbeak papers are divided into four series:
  • Series I: General materials (1930s-1985)
  • Series II: Correspondence (1916-1985)
  • Series III: Publications
  • Series IV: Lecture and research notes
  • Series V: Oversize materials


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: Katherine Gee Hornbeak, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Katherine Gee Hornbeak Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English

Contents List
Series I - General



Biographical materials
1985, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Address books, Christmas card lists, etc.
1940s-1970s

Box 1: folder 2
Financial papers
1930s-1960s, 1985

Box 1: folder 3
Call slips from a British library
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Photographs, some of Hornbeak, others not identified
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Photograph album - snapshots of Colorado (?)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Photograph album - snapshots of New Hampshire and New England
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Retirement items
1962

Box 1: folder 8
Certificate from Trinity University (Texas) "upon the fiftieth anniversary of [K.G.H.'s] graduation"
May 30, 1966

Box 1: folder 8a
KGH's Greek studies-Student papers and related documents
1963-1965

Box 1: folder 8b
Greek 11 Examinations and papers
1966

Box 1: folder 8c
Greek studies-Drafts of articles on
1964-1966

Box 1: folder 8d
Family documents
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Hornbeak's written examination for Yale University's English 123-Shakespeare for Professor C. B. Tinker
January 1928

Box 1: folder 9a
Yale University Commencement program and related material
June 1930

Box 1: folder 9b
Miscellaneous materials
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
European travel pamphlets


Box 1: folder 11
Series II - Correspondence



Correspondence from Katherine G. Hornbeak
1945-1946; 1955-1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Correspondence from Katherine G. Hornbeak to Ruth Hillyer Hill



June 1929-Sep 1929


Box 2: folder 2
Oct 1929-Dec 1929


Box 2: folder 3
Jan 1930-Aug 1930


Box 2: folder 4
Correspondence from Ruth Hillyer Hill
July 1929-Dec 1929

Box 2: folder 5a
Correspondence from Ruth Hillyer Hill
1931-1932, 1980

Box 2: folder 5b
Correspondence from Katherine Strayer
1931

Box 2: folder 6
Correspondence from Priscilla Presbrey
1928

Box 2: folder 7
Correspondence from Priscilla Presbrey
1929-1932, n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Christmas letters from Katherine G. Hornbeak
1949-1958

Box 2: folder 9
Correspondence from Lois Ames
1966-1967

Box 2: folder 10
Correspondence from Samuel L. Hornbeak ("Father")
1945-1947

Box 2: folder 10a
Correspondence from "Pattie"
1948-1950

Box 2: folder 10b
Correspondence from Harriett Lee Hornbeak (Hattie) to Lona and Ruth Spruiell with occasional correspondence to Mrs. W. P. Withers (Carrie) from Harriett Hornbeak
1955-1957

Box 2: folder 11
Correspondence from Harriett Lee Hornbeak ("Hattie") to Katherine Hornbeak ("Tassie")



n.d.


Box 2: folder 12
1962


Box 2: folder 13
1968


Box 2: folder 14
Feb 1969-Apr 1969


Box 3: folder 15
Aug 1969-Dec 1969


Box 3: folder 16
Jan 1970-May 1970


Box 3: folder 17
June 1970-Dec 1970


Box 3: folder 18
Jan 1971-Aug 1971


Box 3: folder 19
Sep 1971-Dec 1971


Box 3: folder 20
Jan 1972-May 1972


Box 3: folder 21
June 1972-Dec 1972


Box 3: folder 22
Jan 1973-June 1973


Box 4: folder 23
July 1973-Dec 1973


Box 4: folder 24
1974


Box 4: folder 25
Correspondence from Louise Hornbeak ("Lub") to Katherine G. Hornbeak ("Tod")
1935-1985

Box 4: folder 26
Correspondence from Katherine G. Hornbeak to Anne Francis
1941

Box 4: folder 27
Correspondence from Anne Francis to Katherine G. Hornbeak
1941

Box 4: folder 28
Correspondence from Anne Francis to Katherine G. Hornbeak
1945-1981

Box 4: folder 29
Correspondence from and related to Cuthbert Becher Pigot
1947

Box 4: folder 29a
Correspondence from C. B. Tinker and Remarks on C.B. Tinker and the 18th Century at a dinner Jan 18, 1947
1944-1949

Box 4: folder 29b
Correspondence from Jane Shaw
1947-1948

Box 4: folder 29c
Correspondence from Dorothy Robinson
1952

Box 4: folder 29d
Correspondence from Jean Hecht
1955

Box 4: folder 29e
Correspondence from W. Douglas Simpson
1955

Box 4: folder 29f
Correspondence from Arthur Raistrick
1955-1956

Box 4: folder 29g
Correspondence with the Duke of Northumberland
1955-1956

Box 4: folder 29h
Correspondence from Diana Gould White
1966-1973

Box 4: folder 30
Correspondence from Virginia Corwin Brautigam and Herman A. Brautigam
1975-1978

Box 4: folder 31
Correspondence from and related to Marjorie Hanson
1976

Box 4: folder 32
Correspondence from Betty Baum
1977-1980

Box 4: folder 33
Correspondence from various individuals (usually only one item from each individual), some identified only by first name, Christmas greetings



1928-1964


Box 4: folder 34
1965-1970


Box 5: folder 35
1972-1984


Box 5: folder 36
n.d.


Box 5: folder 37
Correspondence from Trinity University (Texas) officials
1916-1922

Box 5: folder 38
Correspondence from North Texas State Normal College, Denton, Texas officials
1922-1924

Box 5: folder 39
Correspondence from Cleburne Public Schools, Cleburne, Texas official
1922

Box 5: folder 40
Correspondence from Cleveland Heights Schools, Ohio official
1926-1929

Box 5: folder 41
Correspondence from Yale University officials
1927-1979

Box 5: folder 42
Series III - Publications



Publications
1949-1966

Box 5
Series IV - Lecture and research notes



English honors examinations-Notes, etc.


Box 6: folder 1
Lecture notes for English 11-Notes, etc.


Box 6: folder 2
English 19-Notes, etc.


Box 6: folder 3
English 19-Examinations and notes


Box 6: folder 4
Lecture notes for English 21 and syllabi


Box 6: folder 5
Examinations and notes for English 21


Box 6: folder 6
Lecture notes on Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress


Box 6: folder 7
Bunyan memorabilia (post cards, booklets, etc.)
1960s-1970s

Box 6: folder 8
Lecture notes on Congreve's The Way of the World


Box 6: folder 9
Lecture notes on Milton


Box 6: folder 10
Lecture notes on Milton's Paradise Lost


Box 6: folder 11
Lecture notes on Fielding's Joseph Andrews


Box 6: folder 12
Notes on Fielding and Fielding's Tom Jones


Box 6: folder 13
Lecture notes on Pope's Rape of the Lock


Box 6: folder 14
Notes on the [Royal] Game of Ombre


Box 6: folder 15
Notes on Pope


Box 6: folder 16
Notes on Pope's Essay on Man to Gen. Lit. 291 in Sage Hall
March 13, 1957

Box 6: folder 17
Pope and Swift as satirists


Box 6: folder 18
Notes on Swift [1]


Box 6: folder 19
Notes on Swift [2] (satire)


Box 6: folder 20
Lecture notes on Richardson


Box 6: folder 21
Notes on Keats


Box 6: folder 22
Notes on Shakespeare's Comedies-English 21


Box 6: folder 23
Notes, etc. for English 29


Box 6: folder 24
Notes on Medieval drama


Box 6: folder 25
Lecture notes for English 40b-18th Century
1954

Box 6: folder 26
Notes for English 58-Boswell and Johnson
1946

Box 6: folder 27
Notes for English 58-18th Century
1949

Box 6: folder 28
Notes for English 58-18th Century
1945-1950

Box 6: folder 29
Lecture notes for English 58a-18th Century
1950/1951

Box 6: folder 30
Lecture notes for English 58a-18th Century
1951/1952

Box 6: folder 31
Lecture notes for English 58a
1958

Box 6: folder 32
Lecture notes for English 310
Spring Semester 1949

Box 6: folder 33
K.G.H.'s letter and questionnaire to English 310 students
June 9, 1950

Box 6: folder 34
Lecture notes for English 310
1950-1951

Box 6: folder 35
Reading period lists, English 310
1947-1955

Box 6: folder 36
Examinations, English 310
1940s-1950s

Box 6: folder 37
Bibliographies on the Social Background of the 18th Century
1940s

Box 6: folder 38
Notes on Mandeville and Shaftesbury


Box 6: folder 39
Satire-Definitions of terms-Survey of 17th and 18th century dictionaries


Box 6: folder 40
Satire-General Notes


Box 6: folder 41
Satire lecture notes, English 310a
1939-1943

Box 6: folder 42
Satire lecture notes, English 310a (1)
1946-1951

Box 6: folder 43
Satire lecture notes, English 310a (2)
1946-1951

Box 6: folder 44
Satire lecture notes, English 310a
1953-1958

Box 6: folder 45
Satire lecture notes, English 310a
1959-1961

Box 6: folder 46
Satire lecture notes and syllabi
1962

Box 6: folder 47
Student cards-English 310a
1962 (?)

Box 6: folder 48
Lecture notes for English 310a


Box 6: folder 49
Examinations, English 310a (some for English 310)
1930s-1950s

Box 6: folder 50
Examinations, English 310a
1960s

Box 6: folder 51
Suggestions for term papers, English 310a and English 310b


Box 6: folder 52
Notes on Petronius


Box 6: folder 53
Notes on Erasmus and Rabelais


Box 6: folder 54
Notes on Lucian


Box 6: folder 55
Johnson as literary critic-English 310a and 310b


Box 6: folder 56
Johnson as literary critic-English 310b-Student assignment


Box 6: folder 57
Johnsonon (various topics)


Box 7: folder 58
Lecture notes on Huxley, Waugh and Orwell


Box 7: folder 59
Reserve book list for English 310a and Roman satire materials, Latin 34b
1953-1958

Box 7: folder 60
Wit and burlesque notes


Box 7: folder 61
"Splitting the infinitive" notes


Box 7: folder 62
Notes on Don Quixote


Box 7: folder 63
Don Quixote illustrations, including Horst Lemke's


Box 7: folder 64
Notes on Sentimentalism and Richardson


Box 7: folder 65
Notes on Sentimental comedy 18th Century


Box 7: folder 66
Syllabi for English 310b
1960

Box 7: folder 67
Reading period and library reserve reading lists for English 310b


Box 7: folder 68
Examinations, English 310b
1930s-1960s

Box 7: folder 69
Memo book for English 310b
1958

Box 7: folder 70
Lecture notes for English 310b-Boswell and Johnson
1934

Box 7: folder 71
Outline and lecture notes for English 310b
1940s-1960s

Box 7: folder 72
Lecture notes for English 310b
1957-1961

Box 7: folder 73
Lecture notes and/or syllabi, English 310b
1957

Box 7: folder 74
Miscellaneous notes for English 310b


Box 7: folder 75
Map study, English 310b-18th Century London


Box 7: folder 76
18th Century London-Maps (Glass slides)


Box 7: folder 77
Notes on friendship and women


Box 7: folder 78
Notes on Addison and Steele


Box 7: folder 79
Notes on Defoe


Box 7: folder 80
Notes on Dryden


Box 7: folder 81
Notes on Macpherson's Ossian


Box 7: folder 82
Notes on Gray


Box 7: folder 83
Notes on Gentleman's Magazine


Box 7: folder 84
Notes on Goldsmith


Box 7: folder 85
Notes on James Thomson [1]


Box 7: folder 86
Notes on James Thomson [2]


Box 7: folder 87
Notes on Mary Astell


Box 7: folder 88
Notes on Rambler and Idler-17th and 18th Century journalism-English 310b
1950s

Box 7: folder 89
Notes on Juvenal and Johnson, English 310b


Box 7: folder 90
Social background of the age of Johnson (notes on)


Box 7: folder 91
Lecture notes on Boswell and Johnson


Box 7: folder 92
Notes on Boswell's Life of Johnson


Box 7: folder 93
Notes on Boswell as biographer


Box 7: folder 94
Notes and lecture notes on Johnson's Dictionary


Box 7: folder 95
Photographs and illustrations of Johnson and Johnsonian sites


Box 7: folder 96
Notes on Rasselas and Candide, English 59 and English 310b
1940s-1950s

Box 7: folder 97
Notes on P. H. Houston's Dr. Johnson (1923)
1930s

Box 7: folder 98
Notes for talk on the literary scene in England, 1761
April 1961

Box 7: folder 99
Notes on Boswell's papers (general)


Box 7: folder 100
Notes on Boswell's papers, v. 1-6


Box 7: folder 101
Notes on Boswell's papers, v. 8-12


Box 7: folder 102
Notes on Boswell's papers, v. 13-15


Box 7: folder 103
Clippings on Boswell's London journal
1950

Box 7: folder 104
Clippings on Boswell's papers
1948-1950

Box 7: folder 105
Clippings on Johnson and Boswell
1930s-1950s

Box 7: folder 106
Satire unit student papers
n.d.

Box 8: folder 107
Satire unit student papers [1]
1956-1957

Box 8: folder 108
Satire unit student papers [2]
1956-1957

Box 8: folder 109
Satire unit student papers
1958

Box 8: folder 110
Satire unit student papers [1]
1959

Box 8: folder 111
Satire unit student papers [2]
1959

Box 8: folder 112
Satire unit student papers [3]
1959

Box 8: folder 113
Irene Levy paper


Box 8: folder 114
Marian Allison McCrillis paper
1943

Box 8: folder 115
Mary-Elizabeth Bruce paper
1953

Box 8: folder 116
Katherine Reese paper
1947

Box 8: folder 117
Notes on Peacock and Bryon


Box 8: folder 118
Notes for English 314-English Novel


Box 8: folder 119
Notes for English 414 a and b
1957-1959

Box 8: folder 120
Notes for English 414 a and b
1960-1961

Box 8: folder 121
Notes on Sir Robert Walpole and for English 414b
1957-1959

Box 8: folder 122
Notes on diaries


Box 8: folder 123
Notes on biography


Box 8: folder 124
Notes on domestic handbooks-Yale University Library
Summer 1931

Box 8: folder 125
Notes on women and domestic relationships


Box 8: folder 126
Samples of and/or for examinations in English literature
1940s-1950s

Box 8: folder 127
Notes on, drafts and letters of recommendation
1950s-1960s

Box 8: folder 128
K.G.H.'s personal files on Smith College's M.A. in English literature



1952-1953/1954


Box 8: folder 129
1954/1955


Box 8: folder 130
[1] 1955/1956


Box 8: folder 131
[2]1956


Box 8: folder 132
K.G.H.'s copy of Newton Arvin's "The Grounds of Literary Judgment"


Box 8: folder 133
Notes on lecture by Elizabeth Drew, "Life and art in the novel"-Sage Hall
Oct. 5, 1959

Box 8: folder 134
Research on the letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu



Correspondence from and to K.G.H. related to the Montagu letters
1938-1953

Box 8: folder 135
Notes on Montagu letters



[1]


Box 8: folder 136
[2]


Box 8: folder 137
[3]


Box 8: folder 138
Newspaper clippings on Montagu biographies and criticism


Box 8: folder 139
Note cards on various subjects


Box 9
Series V: Oversize



Lithograph of cats, by Jim Sekim


Box 10: folder 1
Reproduction of the "View of the interior of the Rotunda at Ranelgh," by Caneletto from the National Gallery


Box 10: folder 2
Photostat of letter of Lady Elizabeth Montagu
Sept. 4, 1772

Box 10: folder 3
Photostat of will of Lady Elizabeth Montagu
August 27, 1809

Box 10: folder 4
Photostat of documents 18th century


Box 10: folder 5
Reproductions of etchings and paintings of 18th Century England


Box 10: folder 6
"18th Century England"-article in Life
Sept. 13, 1948

Box 10: folder 7

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