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Guide to the James R. Hulbert Papers 1893-1895

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Hulbert, James R. Papers




0.1 linear feet (1 folder)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


James R. Hulbert, professor, author. The James R. Hulbert Papers consist of reprints on English literature and one letter from A. Levinson to James Hulbert (1917).

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The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Hulbert, James R. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

James Root Hulbert was born on March 8, 1884 in Eldora Iowa to James C. and Adda Root Hulbert. He received his Ph.D in English from the University of Chicago in 1912. His thesis, “Chaucer’s Official Life,” was published that same year.

Hulbert’s first appointment was as assistant in the English Department in 1907, and he later became a professor in the same department. During WWI, Hulbert was a civilian volunteer in the War Department, Section of Codes and Ciphers in 1918.

Hulbert married Viola Blackburn. Their daughter, Anna Gifford, was born in 1933.

Hulbert’s books include Effective English (1929, with Viola), Dictionary of American English (1936, with William Craigie), and Dictionaries, British and American (1955).

Scope Note

The James R. Hulbert Papers consist of reprints on English literature and one letter from A. Levinson to James Hulbert (1917).

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Reprints and correspondence

  • "Some Medieval Advertisements of Rome," reprint, 1923
  • "The "West Midland" of the Romances," reprint, 1921
  • "English in Manorial Documents of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries," reprint, 1936
  • "A Hypothesis Concerning the Alliterative Revival," 2 reprints, 1931
  • "A Note on the Psychology of the Beowulf Poet," reprint, n.d.
  • "Chaucer and the Earl of Oxford," reprint, 1913
  • Chaucer's Official Life, 1912
  • The Accuracy of the B-scribe of Beowulf," reprint, 1928
  • "Pearl," book review by Hulbert of Pearl, edited by Sir Israel Gollancz, reprint from Modern Philology, 1927
  • "The Name of the Green Knight," reprint, n.d.
  • "English Literature from Widsith to the Death of Chaucer: A Source Book," book review by Hulbert of English Literature from Widsmith to the Death of Chaucer: A Source Book, by Allen Rogers Benham, reprint from Modern Philology, 1918
  • "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," book review by Hulbert of An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, by Ernest Weekley, reprint from Modern Philology, 1923
  • "The Problems of Authorship and Date of Wynnere and Wastoure," reprint, 1920
  • "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," book review by Hulbert of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, edited by J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon
  • Dr. A. Levinson to James Hulbert, June 18, 1917