Biographical Notes: John De Novo (b. 1916 in Galva IL; Knox Class of 1938) received an M.A. from University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Yale University, served in the US Navy Reserve and taught at Pennsylvania State University, George Washington University and University of Wisconsin. His wife, E. Jeanne Humphreys (b. 1917 in Knoxville, IL; Knox Class of 1939) received an M. A. from University of Chicago and taught at Pennsylvania State University. John De Novo’s sister, also attended Knox. Marguerite De Novo (Knox Class of 1943) married Claire Hvarvan (later changed to Varvan, Knox Class of 1944).
Scope Notes: Correspondence of John, his mother and sister describes life in Galva and at Knox. The letters from Marguerite between 1939-1941 are closed until her death or 2010. James Harvey Young (Knox Class of 1937) is also a major correspondent. Correspondence with Knox people includes Thomas Frost (Knox Class of 1886, honorary degree) research for his book about Knox), Professors Hermann Muelder and Alfred Newcombe (about retirement). Also fellow students Bill Allen (Knox Class of 1939); Carl Hoffman (Knox Class of 1941); Homer Harlan (Knox Class of 1944); Bob Siebert (Knox Class of 1940), why Eugene Field left Knox. Some other professors mentioned in the letters include Rothwell Stephens, J. Howell Atwood, , Lucius Elder, John Conger, Wm. Bentley (memorial, 21 April 1936), Albert Britt (Knox president, resignation, 11 and 21 Feb 1936).
Collection range: 1934-1959
Collection size: 7 inches
Donor: Jeanne DeNovo