The collection comprises working files, dissertation materials, photographs, personal documents and artifacts, published reference materials, and accruals by and about Eileen Curran, a librarian, professor of English, and authority on Victorian-Era British literature and periodicals.
Eileen M. Curran was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1927, the only child of Edward O. and Laura (Meyer) Curran. She received a B.A. degree with highest distinction from Cornell University in 1948; an Honours B.A. from Cambridge University (England) in 1950; an M.A. from Cambridge University in 1953; and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1958. She was instructor of English at the University of New Hampshire, 1951-1954; a teaching assistant at Cornell, 1950-51 and 1954-56; instructor in English at Ohio University, 1956-1958. At her death, she was professor of English emerita at Colby College, where she taught from 1958 until retiring in 1992. An authority on 19th-century British periodicals, she was an associate editor of The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, volumes 1-3, contributed to other reference works, and published many articles, both in print journals and more recently online. Curran died in Maine in 2013, aged 85.
The Eileen M. Curran Papers, Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.