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Walter Thomas Pattison papers

Identifier: ua-00478

Scope and Content

Pattison was an expert on the Spanish novelist, Benito Pérez Galdós and much of his work on Galdós is evident in this collection. Two books on Galdós that are a result of his research, were published in 1954 by the University of Minnesota Press, and in 1975 by Twayne Publishers.

Five folders in the collection contain research on Mary Adriana Tate, whom Galdós knew, and with whom he had a family connection. Other research that stands out in the collection includes folders on Iberian-Basque Syntax, and on Emilia Pardo Bazán, a novelist and contemporary of Benito Pérez Galdós.

While the collection contains two folders of personal correspondence, there is little else to indicate any other interests and activities Professor Pattison may have had. Finally, although he was Chairman of both the Department of Romance Languages (1954-1960, 1966-1967), and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (1968-1970), no mention is made of this in the Papers, and there is no documentation of any departmental correspondence nor of any committees on which he may have served.


  • 1918-1986


Language of Materials

English and Spanish

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Walter Thomas Pattison (1903-1992)

Walter Pattison was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 5, 1903 and received his early education in the Chicago area. He attended Harvard University and obtained a B.S. degree in 1925, M.A. in 1926 and Ph.D. in 1931. He also did additional graduate studies at the University of Minnesota from 1926-1928 and Ecole des Chartes in 1933-1934.

He was appointed Assistant Professor at Wesleyan College, Middletown, Connecticut, 1929-1938 and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota from 1938-1947. Pattison became a Full Professor in 1947 at the University of Minnesota and served in this position until his retirement in 1970.

Professor Pattison's field was Romance Languages with a special interest in Peninsular Spanish Literature, and Spanish Syntax. He also taught elementary and intermediate Spanish and French courses, as well as French Literature. Walter Pattison died in 1992.


2.2 Cubic Feet (11 boxes (hollingers))


This collection consists of the papers of Walter Thomas Pattison, professor of Spanish at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The papers were deposited in University of Minnesota Archives on December 11, 1987.

Walter Thomas Pattison papers, 1918-1986
Karen Klinkenberg; updated by Karen Spilman
Dec. 1992; updated May 2004
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