On July 28, 2014 Morgan Gieringer, Head of Special Collections, visited with Dr. Vann at his home in Denton, Texas. In this series of videos you may hear Dr. Vann discuss his research in Victorian literature, his membership in the Pickwick Club and his philosophy on book collecting.
Scholarship in Victorian literature
Dr. Vann discusses the origination of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
Dr. Vann talks about teaching at Christ Hospital in London.
What is like doing research at the British Library and the London Library?
Travel to London, meeting with Cedric Dickens and the character that Dr. Vann represents as part of the Pickwick Club are discussed in this segment.
Dr. Vann talks about buying antiquarian books in London.
Who is "Boz"? Dr. Vann has the definitive answer!
Dr. Vann discusses some of his favorite book in the Vann Victorian collection including the 1836 First Edition of the Pickwick Papers published in India and the periodical Household Words. Also mentioned is the former offices of Charles Dickens which is now the Dickens Coffee House in London.
Dr. Vann discusses the importance of making original texts available for students and scholars engaged in literary research.
Opportunities for scholarship in Victorian literature.
Dr. Vann talks about the beginning of his Victorian collection, specifically the Bleak House first edition he purchased in 1962.
What is the influence of Charles Dickens on today’s world?
Dr. Vann talks about his arrival at UNT in 1964.
Teaching has been an important part of Dr. Vann’s life. Here he discusses what his teaching career has meant to him.