Thomas W. Sims Papers
circa 1914-1994

MSS 88
1 linear foot



Sims, Thomas W., 1914-1994.


English, French, German


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Sims, Thomas W., 1914-1994.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty--Personal and professional papers.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
Academic librarians--Illinois.

Finding aid prepared by:

Joelle Khairallah, 2001. Revised by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006.



Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Received from Thomas W. Sims, East Moline, Illinois, in 1989, and from Rev. Richard Swanson in 1994.



Thomas W. Sims was born in Viola, Illinois, on February 19, 1914. He received his bachelor's degree in English at Augustana College in 1936. He served overseas in the Army during World War II in the ordnance department. Upon his return to the United States, Sims went on to receive his master's degree at the University of Chicago in 1946. He married Albertina Herbert on December 19, 1948 in Abberville, Louisiana. Sims was Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern Louisiana University for 20 years. Apart from his role as professor, Sims also took part in extra-mural studies at Stratford-upon-Avon, where he attended courses on Shakespeare; and University of London, where he completed a month-long study titled: "Art, Literature, and Music in England, 1660-1780." In 1968, he became a reference librarian at Augustana College and was in charge of the library's periodical collection until 1977 when he became a bibliographer. In 1980 Thomas Sims retired from Augustana as Professor Emeritus. Mr. Sims died July 19, 1994, in Rock Island.



The Thomas W. Sims papers date from approximately 1932-1994 and measure approximately 1 linear foot. The papers consist of three series: Personal, Correspondence, and Written Works.

The Personal series (1956-1994 and undated) includes his father's obituary, financial documents, bills, various receipts, programs, certificates, sketches, and one photograph. This series also includes an audiotape of the memorial tea that was given in honor of Sims in 1994 following his death.

The bulk of the Correspondence series (1944-1965 and undated) includes letters that Sims wrote to his parents while he was overseas during World War II. This series also includes miscellaneous correspondence to or from Sims.

The Written Works series (1932-1951 and undated) is by far the largest portion of the papers. This series is divided into three sub-series: Cookbook Manuscript, Coursework, and Miscellaneous. The cookbook manuscript includes both handwritten and typed chapters of a cookbook focusing on domestic cuisine of the city of Belley, France, birthplace of Jean-AnthelmeBrillat-Savarin. The cookbook is written in English with some chapters in French that are noted at the folder level. The Coursework sub-series includes undergraduate, graduate, and miscellaneous work of Sims.  If it was not clear from the title or course number of the class, or if no course number is present, papers have been labeled as miscellaneous and are organized alphabetically by title at the end of the Coursework series. The coursework is primarily work that was done in English classes, Sims's area of specialty. The Miscellaneous sub-series is other written work done by Sims that can't be clearly identified as coursework. This sub-series includes poems, plays, and other items. There are some poems in German that are indicated at the folder level.



Box 1
            Certificates and programs, 1947-1960
            Memorial Tape, 1994
            Newspaper Page, French, 1945
            Photograph, ca. 1980
            Sketches, undated
            Southwestern Louisiana Institute Bulletin, 1960
            University of Edinburgh Students' Diary, 1969-1970

            Miscellaneous, 1960, 1965, undated
            World War II letters, 1944
            World War II letters, 1945

    Written Works
            Cookbook manuscript
                    Preface & chapter 1, undated
                    Chapters 2-3, undated
                    Chapter 4, undated
                    Chapter 5, undated
                    Chapter 5 in French, undated
                    Chapter 6, undated
                    Chapters 7-8, undated
                    Chapters 7-8 preservation copy, undated
                    Chapter 8 in French, undated
                    Chapter 9 in French, undated
                    Chapter 10 in French, undated
                    Chapter 13 in French, undated
                    Chapter 14 in French, undated
                    Fragments, undated

Box 2
        Undergraduate coursework
                    Advanced Composition, ca. 1932-1936
                    Browning, ca.1932-1936
                    Comparative Literature, ca. 1932-1936
                    English Drama, ca.1932-1936
                    English Literature, ca.1932-1936
                    Milton, ca.1932-1936
                    Notes for English 201, ca.1932-1936
                    Psychology 14, ca.1932-1936
                    Romantic Movement, ca. 1932-1936
                    Undergraduate Seminar, ca. 1932-1936
        Graduate coursework
                    English 626, undated
                    English 654, undated
                    English 724, undated
                    English 772, undated
        Miscellaneous coursework
                    "The Aesthetic of Melancholy in Arthur Schnitzler's Anatol," undated
                    "The British Empire as Idea and Organism," undated
                    "Charateristics of the Dramatic Monologue in Morris's Defence of Guenevere," undated
                    "The Classic-Romantic Problem related to German and French National Character," undated
                    "Coleridge's Christabeland the 'Wandering Penitent' Legend," undated
                    "Cynewulf and Cyneheard, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: 755," 1951
                    German Grammar, undated
                    History of Culture 308, undated
                    "In Defense of Cressida," undated
                    "The Development of Idea in Donne's Good Friday in its Various Applications to a Central Image," undated

Box 3
                    Notes for English 364, undated
                    "The Other Side of the Leaf: A Re-examination of Whitman's Political Ideology," undated
                    "The Race Question in Canadian Commonwealth Affairs," undated
                    "A Short History of Burgenland and the Esterhazy Family Prior to Joseph Haydn," undated
                    "William Morris's Aesthetic for a Working Society," undated
                    Plays, undated
                    Poems, 1931-1936, undated
                    Other, undated



None known.


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