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Humphrey Tonkin PapersUPT 50 T614

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Sara Mullen
Preparation date
April 2020
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1966-1979
Date [inclusive]
1966-1994
Extent
3.25 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

The Humphrey Tonkin Papers were donated to the University Archives in 2019 by Humphry Tonkin (accession number 2019:087).

ARRANGEMEN

The Humphrey Tonkin Papers are organized into three series: English Department and Teaching Materials 1966-1983, Administrative Materials 1966-1983, and Miscellaneous Materials 1966-1983. The folders within these series are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Humphrey Tonkin (1939-) joined the faculty of the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. Born in England, he received his BA (1962) and MA (1966) from Cambridge University, and his PhD from Harvard University, also in 1966. In 1970, he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Tonkin held a number of administrative positions during his time at Penn. In 1971, he was appointed to the newly created post of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, overseeing the University’s six undergraduate schools and coordinating programs within each. He held this position until 1975. He was appointed Chair of the Council on Performing Arts in 1974, which was tasked with considering new program in development for the Annenberg Center. In 1977, he took over as Coordinator of the Office of International Programs, which oversaw foreign student services and study abroad programs.

Dr. Tonkin left the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 to serve as President of Potsdam University in New York. He went on to serve as President of the University of Hartford in Connecticut from 1989-1998.

In addition to his specialization in sixteenth and seventeenth century English literature, Dr. Tonkin also had a keen interest in languages, particularly Esperanto. He served both as President of the Esperanto Studies Association of America and the Universal Esperanto Association. He also had an interest in the development of language and international studies curricula in higher education, serving as editor of the International Education Review.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Humphrey Tonkin Papers documents Dr. Tonkin’s activities during his time at the University of Pennsylvania both as a professor and an administrator. This includes memos and correspondence with other faculty members, students, and individuals outside the University; materials related to his courses including syllabi and exams; and materials related to his own research and work outside of Penn. The bulk of the collection focuses on Dr. Tonkin’s activities as an English professor, while also giving insight into the structure and activities of the University’s English Department as a whole in the late 1960s and through the 1970s. The collection provides insight into the governance of the University through materials related to the University Senate, Council, and various committees. These include meeting minutes, proposals, and reports. Dr. Tonkin’s time in his various administrative positions are documented through memos, correspondence, reports, proposals, and articles. Dr. Tonkin’s activities outside the University are less thoroughly documented, consisting mainly of correspondence, but also includes reports and evaluations written on behalf of the Middle States Association.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
University of Pennsylvania. College of Arts and Sciences.
University of Pennsylvania. Department of English.
Occupation(s)
College teachers.
Subject(s)
English literature–Study and teaching (Higher)

Inventory

 

English Department and Teaching Materials 

Box

Folder

Academic Advising Materials 1976 Fall 

1

1

Committee to Evaluate the English Major 1970 October – 1971 May 

1

2

Course Materials: English 35 1978-1979 

1

3

Course Materials: English 102, 132, 139 n.d. 

1

4

Course Materials: English 109 Freshman Seminar 1973 Fall 

1

5

Course Materials: English 132, 132C, 632 1970-1971 

1

6

Course Materials: English 139, 739 1970 

1

7

Course Materials: English 230 n.d. 

1

8

Course Materials: English 539 1974-1975 

1

9

Course Materials: English 600 n.d. 

1

10

Course Materials: English 600 Schedules and Students n.d. 

1

11

Dunlap, Joseph, PhD Thesis 1967-1969 

1

12

Engel, William 1982 

1

13

English Department 1967-1970 

1

14

English Department 1968-1969 

1

15

English Department 1970-1971 

1

16

English Department (1) 1970-1972 

1

17

English Department (2) 1970-1972 

1

18

English Department 1971 

1

19

English Department (1) 1971-1972 

1

20

English Department (2) 1971-1972 

1

21

English Department (1) 1972 September-December 

1

22

English Department (2) 1972 September-December 

1

23

English Department 1972-1974 

1

24

English Department 1973 April-August 

1

25

English Department (1) 1973 September-October 

1

26

English Department (2) 1973 September-October 

1

27

English Department 1973 October-December 

1

28

English Department 1973-1974 

1

29

English Department 1974 August-October 

2

1

English Department (1) 1974 November – 1975 June 

2

2

English Department (2) 1974 November – 1975 June 

2

3

English Department 1974-1984 

2

4

English Department 1976 October – 1977 April 

2

5

English Department Senior Examination Materials 1972-1975 

2

6

English Department Spring Semester [restricted includes exam results] 1973 January-April 

2

7

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Teaching Committee 1979 

2

8

Graduate Group 1966-1968 

2

9

Graduate Group 1968-1969 

2

10

Graduate Group September 1970-December 1971 

2

11

Kist, Elizabeth PhD Thesis 1967 September 

2

12

Recommendations: Phi Beta Kappa 1969 March 

2

13

Schmidgall, Gary, Tenure Consideration 1979-1982 

2

14

Students A-E [RESTRICTED] 1967-1971 

2

15

Students F-L [RESTRICTED] 1967-1971 

2

16

Students M-R [RESTRICTED] 1967-1971 

2

17

Students S-Z [RESTRICTED] 1968-1971 

2

18

Students [RESTRICTED] 1969-1971 

2

19

Students A-M (1) [RESTRICTED] 1970-1975 

2

20

Students A-M (2) [RESTRICTED] 1970-1975 

2

21

Students N-Z [RESTRICTED] 1971-1975 

2

22

Teaching Evaluation Committee 1977 February-April 

2

23

Wolfson, Nessa Tenure Consideration 1982-1983 

2

24

 

Administrative Materials 

Box

Folder

Council on Performing Arts 1972-1975 

2

25

Council on Performing Arts 1973 

2

26

Council on Performing Arts 1973 October-1974 February 

2

27

Council on Performing Arts March 1974-August 1974 

3

1

Council on Performing Arts March 1974-April 1975 

3

2

Director of the Office of International Programs 1979-1983 

3

3

Health and Society Undergraduate Program 1972-1973 

3

4

International Studies 1979-1982 

3

5

Personnel Department 1972-1975 

3

6

Symposium on Human Rights and Human Needs 1978 

3

7

“Undergraduate Studies,” A Newsletter from the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies 1974-1975 

3

8

University Senate, Council, and Committees 1966-1968 

3

9

University Senate, Council, and Committees 1966-1974 

3

10

University Senate, Council, and Committees 1970 September – 1971 May 

3

11

University Senate, Council, and Committees 1971-1977 

3

12

Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies 1971-1974 

3

13

Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Studies 1971-1975 

3

14

Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies 1973-1974 

3

15

 

Miscellaneous Materials 

Box

Folder

Biography and News Releases 1972-1974 

3

16

Congress on Medieval Studies 1982-1983 

3

17

Council on Learning 1979-1980 

3

18

Elwyn Institute, Correspondence 1981-1982 

3

19

General Memos, Correspondence, Materials Related to the University (1) 1966-1969 

3

20

General Memos, Correspondence, Materials Related to the University (2) 1966-1969 

3

21

General Memos, Correspondence, Materials Related to the University 1968-1976 

3

22

General Memos, Correspondence, Materials Related to the University (1) 1972-1986 

3

23

General Memos, Correspondence, Materials Related to the University (2) [restricted] 1972-1986 

3

24

Grant Evaluation Report, Earlham College 1981 July 

4

1

Kravitz, Anita 1994 November 6 

4

2

Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools – Evaluation Project – Supplementary Materials 1974 October 

4

3

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools 1979-1983 

4

4

Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 1981-1983 

4

5

Renaissance Seminar 1972-1983 

4

6