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A Guide to the M. M. Crow Papers, 1938-1976
Martin Michael ("Mike") Crow was born October 30, 1901, in Crow's Mill, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA degree at Washington and Jefferson College in 1924, his AM at Harvard in 1925, and his PhD at the University of Chicago at 1934. He taught at the University of Arkansas and at Washington and Jefferson before joining the Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin in 1934. With the exception of two years that Professor Crow spent in the Army Air Force in World War II, he served continuously at UT until his retirement in 1972, including a term as chair of the Department of English, 1946 to 1949.
Professor Crow worked with a fellow Chicago PhD, Clair C. Olson, for many years on a volume of materials relevant to Geoffrey Chaucer and his times. Columbia University Press published the volume as Chaucer's World and Oxford University Press as Chaucer's England in 1941. The two later took up the larger work of editing the records of Chaucer's life. That work, The Chaucer Life Records, was published in 1966 by the Clarendon Press of the Oxford University Press and the University of Texas Press.
Mike Crow never married. He died on January 30, 1997, at the age of 95.
In Memoriam: Martin Michael Crow, General Faculty Memorial Resolution, University of Texas at Austin
The M. M. Crow Papers, 1938-1976, predominantly feature letters from Crow's colleague and co-author Clair Olson regarding their work on Geoffrey Chaucer, 1956 to 1966. Letters from Olson spanning the years of 1938 to 1972 are also included, along with a few letters from Mrs. Clair (Grace) Olson in 1974 and 1976. Additionally, the papers contain letters from Lillian and Mabel Redstone, letters from other colleagues, students, and publishers, UT departmental files, and the contract for the biography of Geoffrey Chaucer between Crow and Olson and the University of Chicago Press, 1966.
This collection is open for research use.
M. M. Crow Papers, 1938-1976, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, March 2016.