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Rosemary T. VanArsdel Endowed Library Fund

Rosemary VanArsdel

The purpose of the Endowment is for collections relating to the Victorian and Edwardian period including books, periodicals, sets of collected works, facsimiles of manuscripts, electronic and all other information formats.

Dr. Rosemary T. VanArsdel, Distinguished Professor of English Emerita, is an internationally recognized authority on British Victorian Periodical Literature, the author of 8 books on the subject, and over 150 articles, chapters in books, reviews, and encyclopedia entries dealing with periodicals.

As one of the earliest scholars to recognize the importance of periodicals in Victorian life, she served on the Editorial Board of the 5-volume Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900, designed to identify authorship of thousands of anonymous articles published in over 40 influential Victorian periodicals; she also serves as an advisor to the 5-volume Waterloo Directory of Victorian Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 (currently in progress) which seeks to identify, locate, and document every periodical, in every discipline, published in Britain in the nineteenth century.

In 1968 Dr. VanArsdel was a founding member of the international Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, which she later served as president. She has been a constant contributor to its journal, Victorian Periodicals Newsletter (later Review) from its first issue, later serving several times as Guest Editor for special editions.

Her memberships include the Royal Society of Literature; Oxford Bibliographical Society; British Association for Victorian Studies; and the Victorian Studies Associations of Western Canada, Toronto, and Australia.

She holds degrees from the University of Washington (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948) and Ph.D., Columbia University, 1961. She also served a four-year term on the Friends of the University of Washington's Libraries.