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Charles Austin Beard collection, 1911-1976

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Call No.: MS#1958
Bib ID 14325838 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Beard, Miriam, 1901-1983; Beard, William
Title Charles Austin Beard collection, 1911-1976
Physical Description 3 Linear Feet (7 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Description

Scope and Contents

A significant and sizeable archive of primary materials relating to the career of Charles A. Beard, compiled in the 1970s by Miriam (Beard) Vagts and William Beard. The collection includes more than 300 original letters, manuscripts, and printed material.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Charles Austin Beard Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2018.

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Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Academic freedom Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beard, Charles A (Charles Austin), 1874-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berle, A. A (Adolf Augustus), 1866-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 1897-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Constitutional history -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coudert, Frederic R (Frederic René), 1871-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Croce, Benedetto, 1866-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cross, Wilbur L (Wilbur Lucius), 1862-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Durant, Will, 1885-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic history Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historiography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Progressivism (United States politics) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rogers, Lindsay, 1891-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social scientists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Charles Austin Beard (November 27, 1874 – September 1, 1948) was a leading American historian and progressive social thinker during the first half of the 20th century. He was a history professor at Columbia University but resigned in 1917 over what he considered the violation of civil liberties in the removal of pacifist Professors Dana and Cattell. Together with his wife, Mary Ritter, he was involved in the founding the New School for Social Research.

In works such as An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913) and Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy (1915), he stressed the part played by economic self interest in the development of American institutions and history. With his wife, Mary Ritter Beard, he authored the classic text book, The Rise of American Civilization (1927).

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Series I: Correspondence


A:



Box 1 Folder 1 Alfred A Knopf Inc., 4 December 1944

(Re. Henry Seidel Cancy)


Box 1 Folder 2 Amery, L. S., 3 January 1955

(Re. U.S. economic policy post WWII)


B:


Box 1 Folder 3 Baldwin, Hanson W. (NY Times Military Editor), 9 April 1946

(Re. Vagts' "Landing Operations")


Box 1 Folder 4 Barnes, Harry Elmer, 12 August 1946-3 July 1948

(Re. Roosevelt and WWII)


Box 1 Folder 5 Barton, Bruce, 8 May 1945


Box 1 Folder 6 Baruch, Bernard M., 11 & 14 May 1927

(Re. profits made in war)


Box 1 Folder 7 Bayley, W. C., 5 November 1917

(Re. teaching American history in elementary schools)


Box 1 Folder 29 Beard, Charles A. to various recipients, 1935-1945


Box 1 Folder 8 Beard, Daniel Carter (Boy Scouts of America), 26 October & 23 November 1938

(Re. list of early Americans responsible for molding American thought)


Box 1 Folder 9 Beard, Jack to Miriam Vagts, 27 July 1970

(Re. his mother and flying his plane in 1933)


Box 1 Folder 10 Beard, William to Miriam Vagts, 1970-1978


Box 1 Folder 11 Becker, Carl, 1938-1943


Box 1 Folder 12 Bemis, Samuel Flagg, 28 May 1947


Box 1 Folder 13 Benton, Elbert J., 30 October & November 5 1917


Box 1 Folder 14 Berger, Doris (US Week), 25 February 1941



Box 3 Folder 39 Berle, Adolf Augustus, Jr., 28 September 1938



Box 1 Folder 15 Beveridge, Albert J., 10 October 1917


Box 1 Folder 16 Black, Hugo L. (Justice), 7 January 1942-18 November 1943


Box 1 Folder 17 Bone, Homer T. (US Senate), April 1938


Box 1 Folder 18 Borah, William E. (US Senate), 16 February 1938


Box 1 Folder 19 Borchard, Edwin M. (Yale Law), 1 March 1938-3 May 1945


Box 1 Folder 20 Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 19 April 1944 & 16 October 1970


Box 1 Folder 21 Bowman, Isaiah (Johns Hopkins), 31 May 1940-20 May 1941


Box 1 Folder 22 Boyd, Julian P. (Librarian, Princeton), 31 January -1 July 1948


Box 1 Folder 23 Brandeis, Louis (Supreme Court), 16 March 1934


Box 1 Folder 24 Brecht, Arlold to Dr. Vagts, 11 November 1968

(In German)


Box 1 Folder 25 Brodney, Spencer, 17 February 1936-22 August 1944

(re. Roosevelt)


Box 1 Folder 26 Brooks, Robert C. (American Political Science Association), 1917


Box 1 Folder 27 Brooks, Van Wyck, 12 February 1947


Box 1 Folder 28 Bruncken, Ernest (Library of Congress), May 1913



Box 2 Folder 1 Butler, Nicholas Murray, 18 February 1913-2 May 1944


Box 2 Folder 2 Butterfield, Victo L. (Wesleyan University), 11 May 1945


Box 2 Folder 3 Byrns, Joseph W., 20 & 26 August 1946

(re. Cordell Hull)


Box 2 Folder 4 Byrnes, James F., 24 February 1947


C:


Box 2 Folder 5 Capper, Arthur (US Senate), 25 February 1941


Box 2 Folder 6 Case, Francis (Congress), 11 October 1943


Box 2 Folder 7 Castle, William R., 11-21 January 1946


Box 2 Folder 8 Castle, William R., 25 January 1946

(with his revised "Note to Chaper VI" of Beard's manuscript)


Box 2 Folder 9 Chandler, Edward H. (the Twentieth Century Club), 23 October 1917


Box 2 Folder 10 Chantland, William T. (Federal Trade Commission), 23 January 1930


Box 2 Folder 11 Clark, Tom C. (Attorney General), 14 July 1947

(re. definition of "subversive")


Box 2 Folder 12 Clark, William P., 14 December 1925

(re. "Economics Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy")


Box 2 Folder 13 Coblentz, E. D., 31 May 1945


Box 2 Folder 14 Director of Naval School (Columbia University), 7 June 1944


Box 2 Folder 15 Commager, Henry Steele, 13 & 19 September 1937

(re. "Constitutional History" by Andrew C. McLaughlin)


Box 2 Folder 16 Cook, Jeffey W. to Miriam Vagts, 23 December 1970


Box 2 Folder 17 Coudert, Frederic R., 28 April 1913


Box 2 Folder 18 Counts, Geroge S. (Southern Illinois University) to Miriam Vagts, 11 May - 5 June 1970


Box 2 Folder 19 Crane, Robert T., 3 February 1941


Box 2 Folder 20 Croce, Benedetto, 24 June 1933 & 12 May 1947

(in Italian)


Box 2 Folder 21 Cross, Wilbur L. (CT Governor), 23 August 1933 - 20 April 1936


Box 2 Folder 22 Cunningham, Owen, 29 April 1948


Box 2 Folder 23 Curran, Fred


Box 2 Folder 24 Cushman, Robert E., 10 April 1945


Box 2 Folder 25 Cutting, Bronson M. (US Senate), 8 January 1930


D:


Box 2 Folder 26 Daniels, Josephus (Ambassador to Mexico), 21 September 1934


Box 2 Folder 27 Davidson, Eugene (Yale University Press), 8 May 1939


Box 2 Folder 28 Dept. of History. State University of Iowa, 14 December 1917


Box 2 Folder 29 Dewey, John, 17 December 1917


Box 2 Folder 30 Dickinson, John, 6 March 1931


Box 2 Folder 31 Dooman, Eugene H., 18 May & 22 June 1948


Box 2 Folder 32 Duffus, R.L. (NY Times), 8 June 1939


Box 2 Folder 33 Durant, Will, 14 October 1917


Box 2 Folder 34 Dykstra, C.A. (University of Wisconsin), 7 December 1942


E:


Box 2 Folder 35 Ely, Robert Erskine (League for Political Education), 25 October 1917


Box 2 Folder 36 Engelking, L.L. (NY Herald Tribune), 1944


Box 2 Folder 37 Estelle, Larry to Mary Beard, 20 October 1954


F:



Box 3 Folder 1 Fackenthal, Frank D. (C.U. Provost), 15 March & 27 April 1944


Box 3 Folder 2 Farley, James A. (CocaCola Chairman of the Board), 20 June 1945-4 August 1948


Box 3 Folder 3 Farrand, Max (Yale University), 2 May 1913


Box 3 Folder 4 Fay, Sidney Bradshaw (Smith College), 9 November 1928


Box 3 Folder 5 Fenton, Frank P. (American Federation of Labor), 27 January 1948


Box 3 Folder 6 Ferguson, Homer (US Senate), 11 October 1947


Box 3 Folder 7 Flack, Horace E., 4 November 1911

(re fourteenth ammendment)


Box 3 Folder 8 Fosdick, Harry Emerson (Riverside Church), 10 April 1942


Box 3 Folder 9 Fosdick, Raymond B., 8 February 1916


Box 3 Folder 10 Frank, John P., 28 August 1944 & 25 June n.y.


Box 3 Folder 11 Frankfurter, Felix, 30 April 1943 & 21 January 1948


Box 3 Folder 12 Freedman, I, 13 October 1917


G:


Box 3 Folder 13 Galloway, George B., 21 May 1947


Box 3 Folder 14 Goodknow, Frank J. (Johns Hopkins)


Box 3 Folder 15 Galton, Lawrence N., 6 March 1944


Box 3 Folder 16 Graham, Howard Jay, 29 January 1939


Box 3 Folder 17 Greenfield, Kent Roberts, 31 May 1940


H:


Box 3 Folder 18 Harvard Law, 5 May 1931

(re. "10 Milestones in the History of Privale Law")


Box 3 Folder 19 Hawkes, Mary (C.U. Dean), 4 January 1918

(re. "Fraser incident")


Box 3 Folder 20 Hearst, William Randolph to E. D. Coblentz, 21 January 1932

(re. "Politics shouldn't be a Shell Game") (Typed copy)


Box 3 Folder 21 Hagemann, Werner (New School), 19 April-18 November 1934

(re. his "Entlarvte Geschichte")


Box 3 Folder 22 Hoag, G. C. (Proportional Representation League), 24 October 1917


Box 3 Folder 23 Hughes, Rupert, 8 March 1937


J:


Box 3 Folder 24 Johns Hopkins University telegram to Senator Walter George, 5 February 1941

(re. Lend-lease Bill; sent to Beard by Harold Cherniss)


K:


Box 3 Folder 25 King, Judson (National Popular Government League), 9 & 11 October 1917


Box 3 Folder 26 Krock, Arthur (NY Times), 8 January 1941

(re. Beard's war with Japan prediction in 1933)


L:


Box 3 Folder 27 L.K.7., 23 November 1921


Box 3 Folder 28 Lindberg, Charles A., 20 March 1945-21 August 1948

(typed copy)


Box 3 Folder 29 Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 3 July 1947


M:


Box 3 Folder 30 Macfarland, Charles S., 14 May 1940


Box 3 Folder 31 March, Alton, 15 October 1917


Box 3 Folder 32 Mencken, H. L., 20 May 1939


O:


Box 3 Folder 33 O'Rourke, Grace (for Dr. Bradley), 20 August 1940


P:


Box 3 Folder 34 Palmer, Paul (The American Mercury), 12 May 1927


Box 3 Folder 35 Patterson, J. M. (The News), 16 May 1945


Box 3 Folder 36 Phelps, William Lyon (Yale University), 21 November 1935


Box 3 Folder 37 Pratt, Frances (Foreign Policy Association), 29 August 1934

(Includes copies of letters from Rudolph Katz to Alfred Vagts)


Box 3 Folder 38 Putman, James, 4 December 1932


R:


Box 3 Folder 39 R.W.M. (Assistant Secretary of State), 9 January 1936

(re. Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission)


Box 3 Folder 40 Ratcliffe, Richard P. to Miriam Vagts, 3 August 1973


Box 3 Folder 41 Ritter, Halsted L., 24 October 1917


Box 3 Folder 42 Rogers, Lindsay, 8 May n.y.


Box 3 Folder 43 Rodgers, J. Woowall (American and Planning and Civic Association), 10 February 1948


Box 3 Folder 44 Roosevelt, Franklin, 15 January 1936

(re. Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission)


Box 3 Folder 45 Russell, H. D., 9 August 1947


S:



Box 4 Folder 1 S____ and A. A. Young (War Trade Board), 22 September - 6 November 1917

(re. Academic Freedom in Time of War)


Box 4 Folder 2 Sinclair, Upton, 7 August 1939


Box 4 Folder 3 Smith, G. Herbert (willamette University), 21 May 1943


Box 4 Folder 4 Stangeland (NJ State Chamber of Commerce), 21 September & 9 October 1917


Box 4 Folder 5 Seppel, F. P. (War Department), 23 & 25 October 1917


Box 4 Folder 6 Stewart G. W. (State University of Iowa), 26 November 1917


Box 4 Folder 7 Stone, Harlan Fisk (Supreme Court), 13 March 1934 - 13 November 1945


Box 4 Folder 8 Sullivan, Mark (Collier's), 17 October 1917


Box 4 Folder 9 Symonds, Maurice to J. M. Peterson, 16 May 1945


T:


Box 4 Folder 10 Taylor, Helen K., 27 March 1944


Box 4 Folder 13 Triplett, Norman, 11 October 1917


V:


Box 4 Folder 11 Vagts, Miriam to various, 25 July 1970 - 8 January 1971


W:


Box 4 Folder 12 Witham, W. Tasker, 31 August 1945


Box 4 Folder 14 Wildman, Murray Shipley, 26 November 1917


Box 4 Folder 15 Works, John D. (US Senate), 5 May 1913


Y:


Box 4 Folder 22 Yale University Press to "Uncle Charlie", 29 July 1948

Series II: Manuscripts


By Beard:


Box 4 Folder 18 "The Big Railway Wreck" by Charles A. Beard

(Photocopy from Hoover Institute)



Box 6 Folder 1 "American Nationalism the Foe of Peace and Prosperity for the Whole World", 1944

(A report on the formula for The Reader's Digest)


Box 6 Folder 2 "An Unforgettable Woman"

(About Beard's grandmother, Sarah Payne)


Box 6 Folder 3 "Report to Governor Cross on Milk Situation", 29 August 1933


Box 6 Folder 4 Lectures on "The Scope of Politics" at The Bureau of Municipal Research, 1918


Box 6 Folder 9 "Note on Pearl Harbor"


Columbia Resignation:



Box 4 Folder 21 "Columbia Controversy" manuscript material



Box 6 Folder 8 Essay by Beard on the Columbia University and the Great War


Box 6 Folder 6 Columbia University Special Committee on Subversive Beliefs or Disloyalty, 1917

(Includes manuscripts, reports, and photocopies)


Box 6 Folder 7 "Statement of Facts in the Matter of the Committee of Education of the Board of Education of trustees of Columbia University and professor Charles A. Bead"


Research Photocopies:



Box 4 Folder 16 Photocopies of Raymond Moley correspondence from the Hoover Institute Archives, 1934-1936


Box 4 Folder 17 "Debts and Credits: An Economic Balance Sheet Drawn Up to Meet Political Necessities" by W. Y. Elliott

(Photocopy from Hoover Institute)


Box 4 Folder 19 Notes as to Military Record of Colnel Edward David

(Photocopy from Hoover Institute)


Box 4 Folder 20 Photocopies of correspondence from Harvard and other institutions


Biography of Charles A. Beard:



Box 5 Original manuscrips (ca 1000pp)

(Includes notes, drafts of chapters,  photocopies, and other archival materials compiled for Vagts's biography of C.A.B. The manuscript  appears to be fragmentary, with only a few chapters having proceeded to the finished stage. Materials  arranged as received, many pages clearly out of sequence; completeness impossible to gauge but still a  substantial archive of primary biographical material relating to Beard. )


Meetings:



Box 6 Folder 5 Meeting of the Commission on Direction American Historical Association Investigation of the Social Studies in the Schools, 7-8 May 1931

Series III: Off Prints, Reprints, Clippings, Photographs, and Books



Box 7 "What Can Government Do To Prevent and Relieve Unemployment?" by Robert F. Wagner and Charles A Beard. University of Chicago Press, 1932


Box 7 "Issues of Foreign Policy" by Charles A. Beard. University of Chicago Press, 1932


Box 7 "Issues of Domestic Policy" by Charles A. Beard. University of Chicago Press, 1932


Box 7 "The Idea of Let Us Alone" by Charles A. Beard. Virginia Quarterly Review, 1939


Box 7 "Giddy Minds and Foreign Quarrels" by Charles A. Beard. Harpers Magazine, 1939


Box 7 "Roosevelt's Place in History" by Charles A. Beard. Events, February 1938


Box 7 "A Memorandum on Social Philosophy" by Charles A. Beard. Journal of Social Philosophy, October 1939


Box 7 "Wirtschaft und Regierung den Vereinigten Staaten" by Charles A. Beard


Box 7 "Limitations to the Application of Social Science in Recent Social Trends by Charles A. Beard. Social Forces, May 1933


Box 7 "Time, Technology, and the Creative Spirit in Political Science" Edited by Charles A. Beard, 1927


Box 7 "The Individual and the Group in Marxist Theory" by John D. Lewis, October 1936


Box 7 "The Struggle against the Historical Blackout" by Harry Elmer Barnes

(Includes the poem "Tribute to Charles Austin Beard" by Eugene Davidson


Box 7 "The Predicament of History" by Eugen Rosenstock-Hussy, February 1935


Box 7 "Causes of Revolution" by Louis Gottschalk, July 1944


Box 7 "Social Change v. The Constitution" by Charles A. Beard, July 1936


Box 7 AHA Newsletter , June 1970


Box 7 "Charles Beard, Conneticut Farmer" by Albert Vagts in CLIO, 1976


Box 7 "Charles A. Beard's Recollictions of Henry County, Indiana" Editied by Clifton J. Phillips, March 1959


Box 7 Ritter Family - With Sketch of Eli Foster Ritter


Box 7 "The Relativity of History" by C. Vincent Confer in The Hellenist, May 1934


Box 7 Clippings and articles (ca. 200 items)


Photographs:



Box 6 Folder 10 Photograph of Frances Perkins giving a speech


Box 6 Folder 10 Photograph of an unidentified young boy


Books:



Box 7 Charles A. Beard: An Appraisal. Edited by Howard K. Beale. University of Kentucky Press, 1954

(The copy owned by Mary Beard and marked by her. With a photograph of Charles A. Beard inside the front cover)


Box 7 Charles A. Beard: An Appraisal. Edited by Howard K. Beale. University of Kentucky Press, 1954

(Inscribe to Mary Beard by Howard K. Beale, 8 April 1954)

(Inscribed to Eileen O'Daniel Eddy by Mary Ritter Beard, 31 October 1954)