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Bert G. Hornback book collection

Identifier: 018.BGH

Scope and Contents

The books in the Bert G. Hornback collection have all been inscribed to Dr. Hornback by the author. They are arranged alphabetically by author, and further arranged alphabetically by title. Additional materials from this donation were separated to Eastern Michigan University's circulating library collection.


  • Creation: 1953 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical Note

Bert G. Hornback, was a professor of English at University of Michigan and retired with the status of Emeritus in 1992.

A native of Kentucky, Professor Hornback received his AB., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1957, 1961, and 1964, respectively. He came to the University of Michigan as an instructor in 1964 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1965, associate professor in 1970, and professor in 1975.

Hornback published books on Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and George Eliot, with his scholarly focus being the work of Dickens. His friendship, as displayed by the works in this collection, brought any number of poets to speak at the University of Michigan.


4.4 Linear Feet (11 archive boxes)

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Bert G. Hornback was a professor of English and Literature at the University of Michigan from 1964-1992. During his career he developed friendships with various novelists and poets, who in turn gifted him with copies of their publications with inscriptions, dedications, and signatures. The collection includes those autographed materials arranged by author and then by title. A larger donation of titles was given to the Eastern Michigan University Library with the majority of materials separated to the circulating collection of the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All materials in this collection are from the personal collection of Bert G. Hornback.

Separated Materials

A number of titles from the original donation from Bert G. Hornback were separated to the circulating collection of the Eastern Michigan University Library. Items selected for separation and storage in the University Archives included those titles with inscriptions or signatures from the author.

Bert G. Hornback book collection
Alexis Braun Marks, University Archivist
2012 January 25
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197