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Title: John R. Theobald Collection, 1920-1989Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0359
Extent: 3.17 Linear Feet
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John R. Theobald was born September 5, 1903 in India where his parents were doing missionary work.  He was sent to England at age 6 for schooling.  He later attended Oxford University, graduating in 1925 with honors in English.  He was also the recipient of the England Fellowship to Union Seminary in New York where he received a degree in theology in 1929.  Dr. Theobald earned his doctorate in 1943 at the University of Iowa.  He taught at Queens University in Canada, Amherst, Trinity College, Grinnell College, and San Diego State University.  He also worked as a research associate in the Division of War Research at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Theobald came to San Diego State University in 1946 as an associate professor in the English department.  He later became a full professor and retired in 1969 as professor emeritus.  While at San Diego State University, Dr. Theobald gave numerous recitals and addresses on National Public Radio.  He wrote a series of radio talks called The Nine Ultimate Questions that covered subjects from man to God and beauty and peace.  He also did a fourteen part series on poetry and poets called The Spoken Word.

Dr. Theobald was also a respected author.  His works include: The Earthquake and Other Poems, An Oxford Odyssey, A Second Light, Planetsong, and Introducing Poetry.  His translations of French poetry were published in Midi-Noon, A Work by Leconte De Lisle, The Lost Wine: Seven Centuries of Lyric French Poetry Into English Lyrical Poetry.

Dr. Theobald died in December of 1989.

Author: Jennifer Hollander
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I. Personal Files

II. Professional Files

III. Laurence McGilvery Files

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Acquired: 2016-030, 2017-039
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, John R. Theobald Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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