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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Restrictions
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Stewart Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 614
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.6 Linear feet (15 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1916 - 1991
    Abstract: The papers of John Stewart, author, musician and UCSD Muir College provost (1965-1987) contain the research materials for his book about composer Ernst Krenek titled Ernst Krenek: The Man and His Music (1991), including typescript drafts; notes describing correspondence, essays, and articles about Krenek; chronologies; and a series of reel-to-reel audiorecordings of interviews with Krenek by Stewart. Also included are drafts of writings, teaching materials, and correspondence with colleagues including Ernst Krenek.
    Creator: Stewart, John L. (John Lincoln)

    Biography

    John Lincoln Stewart was born January 24, 1917 in Alton, Illinois, and grew up in Granville and Dwight, Ontario. He graduated from Dennison College with a double major in English and Music and received his doctorate in English literature at Ohio State University. He served in World War II in the Army Signal Corps. He taught English at UCLA and Dartmouth before joining UCSD, publishing The Burden of Time: The Fugitives and Agrarians, a history of the Nashville literary groups of the 1920s and 1930s.
    Stewart came to UCSD in 1964 to take the lead in establishing arts departments on campus. In 1965 he was appointed Provost of Second College, named for the environmentalist, nature writer, and Sierra Club founder John Muir. He took a leading role in planning Muir campus as an ensemble of buildings, courtyards, and open spaces. Because his position at UCSD allowed him to focus on teaching and research, he concentrated on his interests in the achievements of Austrian-American composer Ernst Krenek. Beginning in the 1970s, no comprehensive biography had been written about Krenek, so Stewart interviewed the composer, studied the musicial scores, and traveled to Vienna to gather research materials. He published Ernst Krenek: The Man and His Music in 1991.
    For years Stewart taught “The Wilderness and Human Values,” at Muir College which culminated in a week-long hike led by Stewart in the Sierra Nevada mountains. During the 21 years he served as Provost, he also founded a faculty jazz group, “The Moldy Figs,” in which he played both slide trombone and flugle horn.
    On the occasion of Muir college's 30th anniversary in 1998, Muir Commons, the center of student life on the campus, was re-dedicated as Stewart Commons in his honor.
    Stewart died August 31, 2007 in Oakland, California.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The John Stewart papers reflect the research endeavors by Stewart, as an author and scholar of humanities. The bulk of the collection documents extensive research on the career of composer Ernst Krenek for the biography Ernst Krenek: The Man and His Music (1991). Materials include notes and translations on correspondence, works of Krenek, and typescript drafts. Other elements of the collection include teaching materials and writings by Stewart.
    The papers are arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) ERNST KRENEK: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC, 3) WRITINGS BY STEWART, 4) TEACHING MATERIALS, and 5) MISCELLANEOUS.
    SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
    The CORRESPONDENCE series contains letters from colleagues and friends regarding personal and scholarly activities from 1971-1996. Notable correspondents include Ernst Krenek and author Friedrich Saathen. Also included are letters concerning the production of Ernst Krenek's musical works.
    SERIES 2: ERNST KRENEK: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC
    The bulk of the second series contains the research materials collected for the publication of the Ernst Krenek biography. The series is divided into four subseries: A) Research Materials, B) Miscellaneous, C) Audiorecording, and D) Typescript Drafts.
    The files collect and document inclusive notes on Krenek's correspondence with family and colleagues, musical works, and writings written by and about the composer. The series also contains miscellaneous research guides and lists, book publication related materials, reel-to-reel audiorecordings of interviews conducted by Stewart with Krenek.
    The book materials also include the typescript drafts and page proofs for chapters 1-12, written between 1986-1991.
    SERIES 3: WRITINGS BY STEWART
    The WRITINGS series contains typescript drafts for published and unpublished manuscripts authored by Stewart including his book The Burden of Time: The Fugitive and Agrarians (1965), a biography of two literary groups that originated in Nashville, TN who, in the early 1920s, had a strong influence on American letters focusing on the writing of John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren. The series is arranged alphabetically.
    SERIES 4: TEACHING MATERIALS
    The TEACHING MATERIALS span Stewart's career as a lecturer from Dartmouth College to UCSD, as the creator of the Muir College course "The Wilderness and Human Values". Arranged alphabetically, the files include lecture notes, syllabi, and class materials.
    SERIES 5: MISCELLANEOUS
    Included in the MISCELLANEOUS series are various subject files including photographs of John Stewart, clippings, and an audiocassette recording of a lecture for the UCSD Friends of Music.

    Restrictions

    Audiorecordings are restricted. Researchers must request user copies.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available.

    Preferred Citation

    John Stewart Paper, MSS 614. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    John Muir College.
    Krenek, Ernst, 1900-1991
    University of California, San Diego -- Faculty -- Archives