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Francis A. March was the first to hold the title Professor of English Language and Literature anywhere in the United States or Europe. The collection contains original manuscript and research materials dating 1858-1893 in one folder. Of special interest is a letter dated June 21, 1887, from March to James A. H. Murray, in which March, head of the American reading program for the Oxford English Dictionary, reports to Murray, primary editor, on a list of special quotations compiled by J. Hammond Trumbull. Included is a listing of the distribution of some 150 contributors to the OED. The March research materials includes four folders containing copies of some 120 of March’s essays.