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Personal papers of George J. Worth

Call Number: PP 110


George Worth taught in the Department of English at the University of Kansas from 1955-1995. This collection consists of materials relating to a "Victoria's Jubilees" conference hosted by the English Department in 1987; research and manuscripts for various professional publications; and research, drafts, and correspondence pertaining to Worth's analyses of the writings of Charles Dickens. It also includes records of his service in professional organizations and university committees.


  • Creation: 1970 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of George J. Worth

George Worth, the son of Austrians Adolph and Theresa Schmerzler Wirtschafter, moved first to London and then Chicago from Vienna after the Nazis occupied his home country.

received his A.B. in 1948 and his M.A. in 1951, both from the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1954. He joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1955, reaching full Professor status in 1966. That same year he was also named Chairman of the Department, a position he held until 1979.

Worth taught a variety of courses in the English Department, from remedial composition to honors courses and graduate seminars. He won several awards for his teaching, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988 and the Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award in 1994. His research interests were primarily in Victorian literature, particularly focusing on Charles Dickens. He retired from KU in 1995.

George Worth married Carol L. Dinsdale in 1951. They had one son, Paul, and one daughter, Theresa. George Worth died in October 2016.


7.25 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 110

Physical Location

PP 457

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George Worth, 2007

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the George J. Worth Collection
Personal papers of George J. Worth
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by jw, 2009; cmh, 2011; mwh, 2021.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of George J. Worth, University Archives, PP 110, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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