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Paul F. Betz Wordsworth and English Literature collection

Identifier: GTM-141121

Scope and Contents

Paul F. Betz, Professor of English, received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1965, taught at Georgetown University until 2007, and remains active as a Wordsworth scholar and in University affairs. His extensive collection of English literature is centered on the Wordsworth circle, but extends to English Romantic poetry in general, to the literature of the English Lake District, and to other late eighteenth century and nineteenth century poetry. Less central elements reflect Betz's interest in fiction and in some twentieth century writers. Concerning the extensive Wordsworth circle material, Professor Mark L. Reed, in his Bibliography of William Wordsworth (Cambridge, 2013) states: "[Paul Betz's] achievement [is] unmatched of its kind in our time."

For two related collections of Betz's late wife and father-in-law, see the Dorothy M. Betz Collection of French and Francophone Literature and the Murray L. Marshall Collection of Materials Relating to the Sonnet and to Twentieth Century Poetry Magazines.

Click on External Documents below to link to a list of manuscripts in the Betz collection.


  • 1565-1997
  • Majority of material found in 1800s-1900

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Paul F. Betz, 2014-2018.

Paul F. Betz Wordsworth and English Literature collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057