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25,000 pieces, 100,000 linear feet
French, English, Italian, Russian, Greek, Latin, Japanese
Dr. Dorothy Moser Medlin (1931 Monroe, NC--2011, Rock Hill, SC) was both a Winthrop Undergraduate (1949-1953) and a member of Winthrop's faculty in the Modern Language Department (1964-1988). She was also honored by this institution as a Distinguished Professor in 1985.
Dr. Medlin was considered to be the world's foremost authority on the French Philosophe, historian, economist and writer, Abbé André Morellet (1727-1819). She published numerous articles on him including the three-volume edition of his correspondence, which she co-edited with Jean-Claude David and Paul LeClerc, Lettres d’André Morellet (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1991–1996). She completed the present electronic edition of the Lettres shortly before her death on 30 July 2011. In addition to the Lettres, Dorothy Medlin also published, with Jeff Merrick, André Morellet (1727–1819) in the Republic of Letters and the French Revolution (New York: P. Lang, 1995), and André Morellet: Texts and Contexts(Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2003) as well as a posthumously published critical edition of Morellet’s Mémoires sur le XVIIIe siècle et sur la Revolution (Ferney-Voltaire: Centre internationale d’étude du XVIIIe siècle, 2013) edited with Kathleen Hardesty Doig.
Dr Medlin was very involved in her local church, St John's United Methodist Church (Rock Hill, SC), with the Friends of Dacus Library, raising beagles and was survived by her partner of 47 years, Jeanne LeHardy, who was also on the faculty at Winthrop.
Scope and Content Note
(The Dorothy Moser Medlin Papers are currently in processing.)
This collection contains most of the records of Dorothy Medlin’s work and correspondence and also includes reference materials, notes, microfilm, photographic negatives related both to her professional and personal life. Additions include a FLES Handbook, co-authored by Dorothy Medlin and a decorative mirror belonging to Dorothy Medlin.
Major series in this collection include: some original 18th century writings and ephemera and primary source material of André Morellet, extensive collection of secondary material on André Morellet's writings and translations, Winthrop related files, literary manuscripts and notes by Dorothy Medlin (1966-2011), copies of historical manuscripts and original research on various enlightenment figures, including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, information on the French Revolution and specifically le Terreur (1793-1794).
The Dorothy Medlin Papers were given to the Archives by Dorothy Medlin on June 12, 2001, and Doris Browder (Executor of Medlin's Estate) on September 5, 2011, January 22, 2013, June 10, 2013, and June 11, 2015.
Enlightenment, French Revolution, le Terreur, politics, economy, philosophy, jurisprudence, penal systems, theory of translation, theology, morality, women's studies, eighteenth century, American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Winthrop University, LGBT, André Morellet, Diderot, Voltaire, philosophe, salon, French History, French Literature, genealogy, ASECS, Electronic Enlightenment
For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.
Finding Aid Citation
Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "Dorothy Moser Medlin Papers - Accession 1049". Finding Aid 884.
LC Subject Headings
Medlin, Dorothy, 1931-2011--Archives; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Faculty; Winthrop College--Faculty; Language teachers--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Languages, Modern--Study and teaching--South Carolina--Rock Hill
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