Gilbert B. Cross papers
Scope and Contents
The Gilbert B. Cross papers documents Cross' time as a professor of English at Eastern Michigan University from 1966 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2004. The collection includes four series, arranged alphabetically, with records that date from 1963 to 2008.
The four series in the collection are: Alfred Nelson Memorial Prize, Correspondence, Personal, and Projects & Manuscripts. The Alfred Nelson Memorial Prize series contains records of the academic award in Alfred Nelson's honor from 1995 to 1998; the Correspondence series contains a General subseries with correspondence between 1979 and 1995 in addition to specific correspondence arranged alphabetically; the Personal series contains newsletters, conference notes, manuals, fund requests, curriculum vitae, and obituaries of Alfred Nelson, and the Projects & Manuscripts series contains seven subseries, the first containing all materials relating to the Adelphi Calendar Project, the others concerning the James Winston Project, the Jane Eyre Project, and four of his novels--Berlin Fugue, New World Rising, Something Wicked, and The Stingy Dragon. Other materials within the Projects & Manuscripts series include manuscripts of A Prophesy of Elves, The Way Of Life, and Tight-Rope. All materials within the collection are text, except for microfiche copies of the Adelphi Calendar and two folders of slides. This collection does not document courses taught by Cross during his tenure at EMU.
- 1963 - 2008
- Cross, Gilbert B. (Person)
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Gilbert B. Cross was born in Worsley, England in 1939, near the city of Manchester. Cross earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Manchester in 1961 as well as a post-graduate certificate of education from the University of London in 1962. Cross originally considered a career in educational television, but decided that becoming a professor in English would allow more time for writing projects. Cross emigrated to the United States in 1963, earning a Master's in Arts from the University of Louisville in 1965. Cross began teaching English at Eastern Michigan University in 1966, becoming a full professor after earning his doctorate at the University of Michigan in 1971. For his entire career, Cross lived in Ann Arbor with his wife, Margaret, while raising two children. His most notable achievement would be co-directing the Adelphi Calendar with fellow professor Alfred Nelson, starting in 1972. The Adelphi Calendar grew from a broader project directed by the University of Massachusetts known as "The London Stage 1800-1900: A Documentary Record and Calendar of Performances", which strove to chronicle 19th Century performances at various London theatres. The Adelphi Calendar was designed to be a computer database of every performance at the Adelphi Theatre in London from 1806 to 1900 without a single detail lost. Research and construction of the project continued until 1993, a year after Nelson's death. The Adelphi Calendar was also published in print and microfiche formats. Cross also wrote several mystery and fantasy novels and engaged in several academic projects. As a teacher, Cross taught folklore, children's literature, and creative writing.
Gilbert Cross retired from Eastern Michigan University in 2004 with emeritus status.
5.4 Linear Feet (5 record center cartons, 1 archive box )
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The Gilbert B. Cross papers documents Cross' time as a professor of English at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) from 1966 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2004. The collection dates from 1963 to 2008 and includes materials on his academic research, correspondence, novel manuscripts, personal papers, as well as records related to the Alfred Nelson Memorial Prize. This collection does not document courses taught by Cross during his tenure at EMU.
- Gilbert B. Cross papers
- Taylor Styes and Alexis Braun Marks, CA
- 2014 March 7
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