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William Archibald Dunning papers, 1781-1922

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0373
Bib ID 4078719 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Dunning, William Archibald, 1857-1922
Title William Archibald Dunning papers, 1781-1922
Physical Description 6.5 linear feet (13 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence; miscellaneous letters, manuscripts, clippings, and printed material, 1867-1922, relating to the American Historical Association, the Centenary of Anglo-American Peace, and Dartmouth College; memorabilia, and photographs and postcards. Also, Dunning family correspondence and manuscripts, 1781-1915, including letters from Robert Kerr to W.A. Dunning; letters and post cards to Matilda A. Dunning; journals and diaries of William A. Dunning, 1873-1875 and undated, and Charlotte Dunning, 1899-1915; miscellaneous letters among family members; visiting cards; a composition written by Dunning while a boy; and letters relating to Dartmouth college. The collection also includes manuscript notes for lectures, articles, reviews, books, and chapters by Dunning. Some subjects include: "The British Empire and the United States", "Carl Schurz", "England and Ireland", and "Political Theory".

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); William Archibald Dunning papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Dunning, Matilde. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1923. Accession number--M-23.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

1989-06-00 Papers catalogued by Cataloged Christina Hilton.

August 2021: Material previously described in a separate record titled "William A Dunning records" (BibID 4078718) was incorporated here.

Revision Description

2021-08-20 Processed boxes 8 through 13 originally from (BibID 4078718) and remediated entire finding aid with edited, enhanced description. cml

Subject Headings

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Dunning, Charlotte Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Ireland -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kerr, Robert, 1823-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political science -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Foreign relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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World politics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

William Archibald Dunning (1857-1922) was an American historian and political scientist at Columbia University noted for his work on the Reconstruction era of the United States. He founded the informal Dunning School of interpreting the Reconstruction era through his own writings and the Ph.D. dissertations of his numerous students. Dunning has been criticized for advocating white supremacist interpretations, his "blatant use of the discipline of history for reactionary ends" and for offering "scholarly legitimacy to the disenfranchisement of southern blacks and to the Jim Crow system." Jim Crow laws were state and local laws enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States and elsewhere within the United States.