Papers documenting Carnochan's career as researcher and writer. Included are source materials, drafts, and published versions
of his scholarly articles and books, with related correspondence; published book reviews; texts of papers and talks with related
correspondence and ephemera; and materials pertaining to his support of the Stanford University Libraries and his directorship
of the Stanford Humanities Center.
Educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1953, A.M. 1957, and Ph.D. 1960), W. B. Carnochan joined the English faculty at Stanford
University in 1960. He chaired the English department from 1971-73 and has served the University as dean of graduate studies
and vice-provost, 1975-80, and director of the Stanford Humanities Center, 1985-1991.