The Vann Victorian Collection : An Interview with Don Vann

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. 

Interview with Dr. Don Vann - Part 1

Scholarship in Victorian literature

Interview with Dr. Don Vann - Part 2

Dr. Vann discusses the origination of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

INTERVIEW WITH DR. DON VANN - PART 3

Dr. Vann talks about teaching at Christ Hospital in London.  

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 4

What is like doing research at the British Library and the London Library?  

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 5

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. 

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 6

Dr. Vann talks about buying antiquarian books in London. 

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 7

Who is "Boz"? Dr. Vann has the definitive answer!

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 8

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.

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 9

Dr. Vann discusses the importance of making original texts available for students and scholars engaged in literary research. 

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 10

Opportunities for scholarship in Victorian literature. 

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 11

Dr. Vann talks about the beginning of his Victorian collection, specifically the Bleak House first edition he purchased in 1962. 

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 12

What is the influence of Charles Dickens on today’s world?

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 13

Dr. Vann talks about his arrival at UNT in 1964.

Interview with Dr. Don Vann – Part 14

Teaching has been an important part of Dr. Vann’s life. Here he discusses what his teaching career has meant to him.