John Cowie Reid papers.
Scope and Contents
- 1910 - 1976
- Majority of material found within 1932 - 1972
- Auckland University College (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
- Born in Auckland, 4 January.
- Educated Sacred heart College, Richmond Road. Family living at 71 Clarence Street, Ponsonby.
- ca 1930
- Passed University Entrance Examination.
- ca 1931
- Left school to work. Jobs included, jam factory, door-to-door salesman, clerk in Valuation Department. Attended university part time, in evenings.
- Student at Auckland University College; scripted play
Words and Moujics; won Kiwi prose prize, member of the Drama Club. Edited University Carnival Books and Revue, author of College Revue for 1939 -
CalibanAttended Auckland Teachers College and taught at Kowhai Intermediate School.
- Married Joyce Helena Burnet (1912-1994),together the couple would have six sons and one daughter.
- Graduated with B.A.
- Graduated M.A. and President of Student's Association.
- Assistant master - Auckland Grammar School.
- War Service - 2nd Lieutenant, deputy-director Army Education and Welfare Service (AEWS).
- Assistant Master - Auckland Grammar School.
- Began radio broadcasting.
- Resigned from Auckland Grammar School; and appointed lecturer at Auckland University College.
- Weekly radio critic for NZ Listener
- President New Zealand Film Institute.
- Chairman 1YC Critics Panel; fortnightly book review session on 1YA.
- Travelled to USA as Fulbright scholar for 12 months; 7 months in Madison, Wisconsin; visited Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, New York, Washington and Princeton. Broadcast weekly on Wisconsin State Radio for 8 months.
- Appointed Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Auckland University College.
- Gained D.Litt, thesis:
The mind and art of Coventry Patmore.
- Awarded American Radio Exhibition Award for a series of radio documentaries 'Pacific Portraits'.
- Appointed Associate-Professor.
- Sabbatical leave in Europe.
- Wrote fortnightly programme
Comment on the arts in Aucklandon TV2.
- On Leave from University of Auckland, attached to Department of English, Aarhus University, Denmark.
- Appointed Professor of English, University of Auckland.
- Spent September to November in Italy on leave.
- Spent time in France assisting with the establishment of Department of New Zealand and Australian Literature at the University of Toulouse.
- Died 31 May, aged 56.
3 metres (18 boxes)
Language of Materials
Index of correspondents
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers cover the period 1932 to 1972, although there is very little to document his life before his appointment to a post in English at Auckland University College in 1948. The papers cover a wide variety of topics illustrating the broad range of interests of a gifted and seemingly hyperactive university teacher; including literature of the Victorian period, English language and communication, theatre, film, the arts, music, publishing, food and wine, radio and television, university administration and education and the Catholic Church. The papers also include the manuscripts of 10 of his 27 published works.
The arrangement of the papers presented some problems since they had been moved several times between John Reid’s death and their transfer to the University Library. They have been packed into large cartons without much semblance of order, together with a number of books and periodicals that have since been transferred to the General Collection of the Library. Some materials were recognisable belonging to well-defined groups according to the places where they were generated – home and University – but many eluded such classification so the papers have been treated as an entity. A large proportion of the material had to be sorted page by page. One group quite clearly originated in the University – his university office papers which, together with Collins publishing correspondence, had been filed in manila folders more or less by subject. The bulk of the papers are the product of John Reid’s activity as a researcher and teacher and take the form of notes of works studied, lecture notes, and manuscripts of his published works. He was so much in demand as a public speaker and this is represented in a smaller group of speech notes.
It was possible to distinguish four types of output by the style of handwriting and the kind of papers. The first category consists of Reid’s early student essays and lecture notebooks which are written in a larger, immature hand. His lecture notes were written on A4 papers, in ink, in his normal legible hand. This contrasts strongly with the almost illegible hand that Reid used for his notes of reference works studied, which were written on A4 or larger paper. His speech notes were made on A5 pieces formed from A4 pages torn in half and are sometimes less legible than those written in the lecture hand.
It should not be assumed that the lecture notes were all prepared for university courses. It has not been possible to distinguish the provenance and date of many of the lectures so that the archivist decided to sort them all in one sequence under literature headings including the few that could be identified as being prepared for extra-mural functions such as seminars, refresher courses, summer schools and the like. Outlines of university courses will be found in Series 5 item 33 ‘Timetables and work allocation schedules 1958-70’ and item 41 ‘Course papers: course outlines and reading lists’ and for extra-mural functions in Series 15, item 132 ‘Circulated papers of lecture courses’.
It is probable that some of the titles listed in Series 12, item 109 ‘Other literary manuscripts’, were written by John Reid for University performance, although ‘Maria Martin or Murder in the Red Barn’ is a Victorian melodrama that, according to Mr J.R. Kelly a university contemporary of John Reid, the English Department staged in the 1940s.
- Auckland University College -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
- College teachers -- New Zealand -- Auckland
- English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
- English literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- New Zealand -- Auckland
- Literature teachers -- New Zealand -- Auckland
- University of Auckland -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
- Auckland University College (Organization)
- Catholic Church (Organization)
- Sargeson, Frank (Person)
- Reid, Joyce Helena (Burnet) (Person)
- National Development Conference (1968 : Wellington, N.Z.) (Organization)
- Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand (Organization)
- Mulgan, Alan (Person)
- Campion, Richard (Person)
- Dickens, Charles (Person)
- Liston, James (Person)
- Duggan, Eileen (Person)
- Egan, Pierce (Person)
- University of Auckland (Organization)
- Auckland Recorded Music Society (Organization)
- Auckland Theatre Trust (Organization)
- Schroder, T. H. E. (Person)
- Turner, Dorothea (Person)
- New Zealand Literary Fund. Advisory Committee (Organization)
- Mercury Theatre (Auckland, N.Z.) (Organization)
- New Zealand Broadcasting Service (Organization)
- William Collins Publishers (N.Z.) (Organization)
- Cookery & Food Association (Organization)
- Reed, Alfred Hamish, 1875-1975 (Person)
- Holcroft, M. H. (Montague Harry) (Person)
- Reid, J. C. (John Cowie) (Person)
- Inventory of the papers of John Cowie Reid, 1932-1972.
- Frank Rogers
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