Merlin H. Forster papers

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Merlin H. Forster papers

Dates: 1965-2003

The Merlin H. Forster papers document his active involvement in the academic community. They contain presentations given at conferences, lecture notes, reviews of various Latin American programs that he participated in, research notes for the bibliographies he worked on, and material from successful National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

  • Extent: 43 boxes (22.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Forster, Merlin H.
  • Call Number: MSS 2510
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
The Merlin H. Forster papers are divided into three series: I. Merlin H. Forster academic career materials, 1965-2003; II. Merlin H. Forster bibliographies, 1991 and undated; and III. Merlin H. Forster oversize materials, undated. The Academic Career series is divided into seven subseries: I. Curriculum Vitae, 2003; II. Reports, 1965-1997; III. Program Review, 1976-1987; IV. Lectures, 1993-1994, n. d.; V. Teaching Materials, 1988-1997; VI. Conference Presentations, 1981-2002; and VII. National Endowment for the Humanities, 1978-1998. Each of the subseries is arranged chronologically. The Bibliographies is divided into two subseries: I. Mexican Project and II. Vanguardism in Latin American Literature—Research Materials. The Mexican Project subseries materials were left in the order that they arrived in. The Vanguardism in Latin American Literature—Research Materials subseries is subdivided into areas of Latin America and then arranged alphabetically. The exception to this arrangement is found at the end of the Miscellaneous sub-subseries where the materials had no discernible order and were left as is.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Merlin H. Forster papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2510; Merlin H. Forster papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2510, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials were transferred from the private collection of the donor, Merlin H. Foster
Acquisition Information
Donated; Merlin H. Forster; 2003.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Forster, Merlin H.--Archives; Colleges and Universities; Education; Latin American literature--20th century--History and criticism; Latin American literature--20th century--History and criticism--Bibliographies
Genre / Form
Lecture notes; Notes; Reports
Processing Information
Processed; Gordon Daines; 2003.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Forster (Merlin H.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Gordon Daines
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:16-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Merlin H. Forster was born February 24, 1928 in Delta, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Spanish in 1956. He then attended the University of Illinois and received a Master of Arts degree in Spanish in 1957. He completed his dissertation and received his Doctoral degree in Spanish from the University of Illinois in 1960. He was an instructor of Romance Languages at the University of Texas from 1960-1961 and an Assistant Professor of Romance Languages from 1961-1962. In 1962 he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. He taught there until 1978. He was a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas from 1979-1987. In 1987 he joined the faculty of Brigham Young University as the H. Darrel Taylor Distinguished Professor of Latin American Literature-a position he held until 1998 when he was named an Emeritus Professor.

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