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David Geherin papers

Identifier: 010.DG

Content Description

Materials in the David Geherin papers relate to his Monographs, Author correspondence and interviews, and documents related to the Ronald Collins Teaching award at Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Geherin joined the English departement in 1969 and retired in 2010. The majority of the collection relates to his work researching, writing and teaching on the analytic studies of contemporary crime fiction authors. Given Dr. Geherin's long tenure at the University, his involvement with World Cultural History tours through the University, and the number of publications, one would expect to find more materials related to teaching, service and scholarship.

What is in the collection however, is an example of the relationship that exists between the researcher and their subject specifically in the Correspondence series. In addition to the Correspondence series which includes personal notes from Loren Estleman, Joan Didion Dunne, Christopher Isherwood and Elmore Leonard; there is a series for Manuscripts and supporting documents for the Ronald Collins Distinguised Faculty Award.


  • Creation: 1968 - 2009


Biographical / Historical

David Geherin was born in 1943 in Auburn New York. He attended St. Michael’s College in Toronto and Purdue University before joining the faculty in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University in 1969. Geherin taught literature and eventually wrote and taught about mystery and crime fiction. Geherin was also an avid traveler during his time with the University, accompanying students starting in 1989 on World Cultural History tours across Europe, studying classic works or art, history, and literature in their places of origination. Geherin received Emeritus status in 2010.


.6 Linear Feet (1 archive box, 1 half-size archive box)

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The David Geherin papers document a small part of the professional life of an English professor who's tenure at Eastern Michigan University lasted from 1969 - 2010. Geherin's scholarship focused on the analytic studies of contemporary crime fiction authors and the collection includes some of the manuscripts, contracts and correspondence with authors during the research, writing and publication process. Also included in the collection are supporting documents for Geherin's application for the Ronald Collins Distinguished Faculty Award, awarded by Academic Affairs at Eastern Michigan University.

David Geherin papers
Alexis Braun Marks, CA
31 August 2022
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Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

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