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Personal papers of Stuart Levine

Call Number: PP 646


The collection includes American Studies professor Stuart Levine’s articles, lectures given at the University of Kansas and elsewhere, course descriptions and reading lists, and correspondence about travel, publications and about the American Studies journal. There are numbers in the margins of some lectures, which may be slide cues, but no slides are included. Photocopies of labeled slides are indicated, as are materials in Spanish.


  • Creation: 1932-2016 (bulk 1958-1986)


Language of Materials

Most of the collection is in English. Folders with lectures translated into Spanish are indicated.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Stuart Levine (1932-2016)

Stuart Levine, born in Brooklyn, New York, went to Harvard University and later received his masters and doctorate from Brown University. He came to the University of Kansas in 1958 to work in the English Department, becoming an assistant professor in 1961 and associate professor in 1965.

In 1960, Levine was appointed editor of the new American Studies academic journal, founded by his colleague in the English Department, Edward Grier, with whom he co-founded the American Studies Graduate program at KU in 1964.

Levine was awarded Fulbright Scholarships in the 1960s to teach in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica and Jamaica. He took an intensive Spanish course in preparation for one of these trips, taught by Susan Matthews, who would soon become his wife. She translated some of his lectures into Spanish and they collaborated to edit numerous books on Edgar Allen Poe. Susan Levine worked in the Spanish and Portuguese departments and then in the administration office of the University of Kansas Graduate School. After earning her PhD in Spanish in 1980, she became assistant dean of KU's Graduate School.

Stuart Levine’s interests mirrored the interdisciplinary nature of American Studies. He edited the American Studies journal for 30 years, and even after retirement in 1992, published books of fiction and nonfiction, lectured on art history, played French horn in various ensembles for decades, and was an avid cyclist and fisherman.


1 Linear Feet (1 box + 2 oversize folders)


Names and order of series and folders are taken from the labelled section dividers and folder titles from the box in which collection materials arrived at Spencer. Those titles may not strictly apply to every item in that section. When Levine's handwriting was unclear, or when he used shortened forms of words, processing staff put words [in brackets] for clarification.

Physical Location

PP 646

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018.

Related Materials

Lawrence Woodwind Quintet records, RH MS 1475, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the Stuart Levine Collection
Personal papers of Stuart Levine
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Stuart Levine, PP 646, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States