MS 1135 - Janis Pallister Collection
|MS 1135 - Janis Pallister Collection
|The papers of distinguished Bowling Green State University Professor of Romance Languages, Dr. Janis L. Pallister, comprise two and a half linear feet of correspondence, files, literary productions, printed materials, and audio visual media dating from approximately 1938 to 2014. The collection reflects Dr. Pallister’s passion for the study of languages, in particular-the French language, and her research interests in the areas of French Renaissance and French Baroque Literature; Black Literature in the Romance Languages; Canadian Literature; Literary Translation; History of Medicine; Vietnamese Literature in French; Film and francophone women directors.
The papers were donated to the Center for Archival Collections by Dr. Ramona Cormier between 2009 and 2010. There are no restrictions placed on the use of the collection for scholarly purposes. The collection finding aid was prepared by Eric Honneffer in November 2014.
Bowling Green State University distinguished University Professor of Romance Languages, Dr. Janis L. Pallister, was born January 12, 1926 in Rochester, Minnesota to George and Edith (Reed) Pallister. After completing her early education at the public schools in Rochester, she studied French at the University of Minnesota earning a B.A. degree cum laude in 1946; an M.A. degree in 1948; and her Ph.D. in French in 1964. Before coming to Bowling Green State University in 1961 she held instructor positions from 1948 to 1950 at Black Hills College in Spearfish, South Dakota and from 1959-1961 at Colby college in Waterville, Maine. Intervening years were spent as a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin and then at the University of Minnesota.
At BGSU, from 1961 to 1978, Dr. Pallister moved through the ranks of instructor to full-professor. She would earn her distinguished University Professor of Romance Languages title in 1979 and would carry it into Emerita status after her retirement in 1985. This popular teacher of French taught undergraduate courses at all levels of French language from beginning and intermediate through Composition and Conversation to Advanced Composition and Conversation. Other courses included Introduction to Literature, Phonetics, 17th Century Literature, Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, English Composition, American Literature, Canadian Film, Women’s Film, and Canadian Literature. French Baroque Literature was available to undergraduate and graduate students.
Graduate courses she taught included Montaigne, French Lyric Poetry, French Literary Criticism, French Comedy, French Renaissance Literature, Black Poets, Rabelais, Contemporary French Poets, French Women Writers, French Literature Outside Europe, Literary Translation, Vietnamese Literature in French, Québécoises et Acadiennes (1996,) and Francophone Women Writers around the world (1999). Dr. Pallister served on a number of thesis and doctoral committees and was acting chair of her department in 1972-73, and during summer sessions in 1984 and 1985. Dr. Pallister was remembered for bringing notable scholars and film makers to campus to speak about their work. She was elected to the Faculty Senate three times and was active in Graduate Council and the Library Advisory Committee. She served on the Friends of the Library Board. The Pallister Conference Room in Jerome Library was named in her honor after she donated funds in 1997 to restore the painted surface of the distinctive murals featured on the exterior of the building.
Dr. Pallister earned an international reputation for her knowledge and scholarly endeavors. She authored numerous books, articles, reviews, and poems in addition to translating a considerable body of literature from such languages as French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Her research interests took her to France, England, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Costa Rica and Canada where she often delivered scholarly papers at various meetings.
Dr. Pallister supported such campus groups as Pro Musica, the Medici Circle, and the Gish Film Theater. She was a member of the President’s Club and established the Pallister Lecture Series in Canadian Studies. She became an Honorary Alumna of BGSU in 1997 and in 2002 was given an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the university. She died October 18, 2008.
|Scope and Content
The papers of Dr. Janis Pallister concentrate predominantly upon her writings: Her dissertation, books, articles, book reviews, and poetry. There is an especially heavy focus on her translations of other’s poetry from primarily French and some from Spanish. To effectively use segments of the collection, researchers should have a familiarity with the French language. Dr. Pallister’s many notes and edits accompanying her works provide researchers with insights into her creative process, her views, and the depth to which she studied various topics especially French language, history, and culture. Her passionate feeling for the subject is evident within her writing.
For those interested in Dr. Pallister’s academic accomplishments there is a lengthy resumé which details all aspects of her career, her complete writings, and her many honors. Clippings and articles about her can also be found among her papers. Reviews of her works are also available. Very little is included about her personal life or family. One very useful work, however, in her Personal Files, is entitled, Sister to Sister: Letters Written by Fannie Reed to Her Twin Sister Eliza Crawford, 1894-1904. This booklet documents some aspects of Dr. Pallister’s maternal grandmother’s life with photos and references made to the family. The work was edited with biographical information and notes by Dr. Pallister.
DISSERTATION RESEARCH – LE MOYEN DE PARVENIR
DISSERTATION AND OTHER RESEARCH MOSTLY PERTAINING TO LE MOYEN DE PARVENIR
CONFERENCE PAPERS, BOOK CHAPTERS, SPEECHES, CLASS NOTES
POETRY DRAFTS - TITLED
POETRY DRAFTS – UNTITLED
POETRY TRANSLATION DRAFTS
POETRY TRANSLATION PROJECTS DRAFTS
PRINTED MATERIAL – BOOKS
PRINTED MATERIAL – JOURNAL ARTICLES
PRINTED MATERIAL – JOURNAL ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
PRINTED MATERIAL – POETRY PUBLISHED
PRINTED MATERIAL – OTHER’S POETRY AND WORKS TRANSLATED BY DR. PALLISTER AND PUBLISHED
PRINTED MATERIAL – MISCELLANEOUS
Box 2: Correspondence
Box 3: Files A-M
Box 4: Files M-V
Box 5: Files – Personal
Box 6: Literary Productions - (Research) for Pallister dissertation - The World View of Béroalde de Verville Expressed Through Satirical Baroque Style in Le Moyen de Parvenir
Box 7: Literary Productions – Dissertation on Le Moyen de Parvenir and other writings on similar topic
Box 8: Literary Productions – Conference Papers, Book Chapters, Speeches
Box 9: Literary Productions – Poetry Drafts - Titled
Box 10 Literary Productions – Poetry Drafts - Titled
Box 11 Literary Productions – Poetry Drafts
Box 12: Literary Productions – Poetry Translations from Various Languages - Drafts
Box 13: Literary Productions – Poetry Translation Projects - Drafts
Box 14: Printed Materials – Books
Box 15: Printed Material
Box 16: Printed Materials – Journal Articles and Reviews (include some drafts)
Box 17: Printed Materials – Poetry Published
Box 18: Printed Materials – Poetry Published
Box 19: Printed Materials – Other’s Poetry and works Translated by J. Pallister and Published
Box 20 Audio/Video Recordings