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Romance Languages and Literature Department records

Identifier: RG0080

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include graduate student exams and manuscript preparation, correspondence, photos, programs, publications, audio cassettes, Financial Committee information, the St. Gall exhibit (Dr. James King), and the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures website. They range in date from 1962-1992, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Chair of the Romance Languages and Literature Department. Note: Not all series are processed. Ask staff for assistance.


  • Creation: 1958-1992


Restrictions on Access

Series 3 is closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation. Any student records in the collection, such as those in Series 1, are closed to research until the death of the student.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

The George Washington University's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is composed of faculty members who teach courses in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. The Department has been known as Romance Languages and Literatures since 1933, before that it was known as Romance Languages.

The Department fosters the reflective study of these cultures as well as a critical awareness of the complex ties that exist among Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. They teach all levels of Spanish, French, and Italian language and literature, as well as first- and second-year Portuguese. The Department views language, culture and literature as complementary aspects of a single mission. Faculty members' scholarship and teaching enrich each other and lead to innovative approaches in the courses offered. The department pursues the model of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary intellectual community. The Department nourishes the geographical and cultural richness of Washington, DC and promotes the process of lifelong learning from both global and interactive perspectives.

Faculty are deeply committed to the critical analysis of literature, culture and film. Many faculty members also participate in Interdisciplinary programs at the graduate level, such as the Latin American Studies Program and the Graduate Program in the Human Sciences. The Department offers a wide variety of courses in literature and culture. Introductory courses in French, Italian and Spanish Literature are regularly offered, as well as courses dedicated to specific periods, authors or Special topics. Courses on film and cross-cultural studies are an important part of our curriculum. The department requires all majors to take a one-year seminar in advanced literature and criticism in preparation for the major field examination. This course marks the culmination of students' knowledge of language, literature and culture.

N.B. This history note was written in 2005


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Language of Materials



Collection includes graduate student exams and manuscript preparation, correspondence, photos, programs, publications, audio cassettes, and websites.

Collection Organization

Organized into six series: Graduate student exams and manuscript preparation; Fellowships, grants, and NDEA; Financial Committee, Division of History; St. Gall (Switzerland) exhibit and conference materials; and Writings, newspapers, publications, and Websites (captured using the Internet Archive's Archive-it service in 2023 and then once a year after that).

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from Romance Languages and Literature Department.

Guide to the Romance Languages and Literature Department records, 1958-1992
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America