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William Archibald Dunning papers, 1781-1922

Summary Information

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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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Arrangement

Arrangement

In part cataloged remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

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".

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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

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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.

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

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

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Dunning, Charlotte Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Kerr, Robert, 1823-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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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.

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Series I: Catalogued Correspondence



Box 1 Catalogued Correspondence--A-N



Box 2 Catalogued Correspondence--O-W, undated

Series II: Subject Files



Box 3 Miscellaneous letters, mss., printed matter and clippings, 1922


Box 3 Includes the following subject folders: American Historical Association 1913; Centenary of Anglo-American peace, 1913; Dartmouth College; Obituary notes.



Box 4 Family documents, 1781-1877


Box 4 Includes: a composition written by William A. Dunning when he was a boy.


Family correspondence and manuscripts



Box 5 Robert Kerr--(32) letters to William A. Dunning


Box 5 Dartmouth College--(23) a.l.s. concerning the college


Box 5 Matilda M. Dunning--(78) letters, post cards etc. addressed to her


William A. Dunning


Box 5 (2) journals, 1873-1987


Box 5 (22) diaries


Box 5 Charlotte Dunning--(1) journal, fragmentary, 1899-1915


Box 5 Dunning family: miscellaneous letters among family members; visiting cards



Box 6 Personal property of William A. Dunning--for example, glasses, watch, pipe ex cetera



Box 7 Photographs and postcards


Box 7 Biographical--Columbia College, circa 1878-1881


Civil War



Box 8 Beginning of Secession to Report of Reconstruction Committee, 1866--Notes and Correspondence, 1886-1910, undated


Box 8 Reconstruction--Manuscripts and Notes, undated

(2 folders)


Box 8 The History of the United States with special reference to the United States Constitution--Manuscript, undated

(2 folders)



Box 9 American Historical Association--Correspondence, Minutes, and Reports, 1914-1915

(2 folders)


Box 9 "Truth in History"--paper read before the American Historical Association--Annual Meeting--Charleston, 29 December 1913.--Published: American Historical Review, 19, no. 2 (January 1914): 217-229.--Drafts, Notes, and Research, 1913-1914


Box 9 The British Empire and the United States--Manuscript and Notes, undated

(2 folders)


Box 9 Children's Stories--Typescript, undated


Political Theory



Box 10 Manuscript--Book Chapters, undated

(4 folders)


Box 10 Notes, undated



Box 11 Andrew Johnson papers--Notes, 1905, undated


Box 11 Carl Schurz papers--Notes, undated

(4 folders)



Box 12 Irish Land Legislation Since 1845--Manuscript--Draft, undated

(4 folders)


England and Ireland


Box 12 Lectures, undated

(15 lectures)



Box 13 Notes, undated

(2 folders)


Box 13 The Political History of Europe since 1815 with special reference to the Nations of the Continent--Manuscript, undated (2 folders), undated

(2 folders)


Box 13 Notes on Languages, undated