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Tidwell, James Nathan (1911-1989) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Tidwell, James Nathan (1911-1989)


Historical Note:

Dr. James Tidwell was born in Texas in 1911.  He earned his doctorate in English from the Ohio State University, and enlisted in the Navy during World War II.  He taught at Ohio State University and Westminster College prior to joining the faculty at San Diego State College in 1947. He was a Fulbright Professor of American Literature and Language at the University of Athens in Athens, Greece from 1956-57.

Tidwell is the author of many scholarly publications and of A Treasury of American Folk Humor, published in 1956. During his career, Tidwell was the regional editor for the Journal of Western Folklore, Counselor for the American Folklore Society, member of the Advisory Committee of American Speech, and also hosted a local television series on folklore in 1956.  He served as acting dean of the School of Arts and Letters, and retired in 1976.






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