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Richard Hofstadter papers, 1944-1970

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0603
Bib ID 4079537 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970
Title Richard Hofstadter papers, 1944-1970
Physical Description 29 linear feet (47 document boxes (CC1, UC1-9, 1-37), 5 record storage cartons of books)
Language(s) English .
Access

Cataloged and arranged material (boxes CC1, UC1-9, 1-37) is located on-site. Five boxes of books (B1-B5) are off-site, and need to be requested at least three business days in advance to use the materials in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, and notes. This collection contains the manuscripts for most of his books and articles. There are also copies of his many book reviews and articles by other authors analyzing the impact of his interpretations of American history. The correspondents include: H.S. Commager, C. Vann Woodward, Stuart Bruchey, S.E. Morison, Clarence Ver Steeg, Alfred A. Knopf, Helen Frankenthaler, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and others. There are also 70 books from his library

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Cataloged and arranged material (boxes CC1, UC1-9, 1-37) is located on-site. Five boxes of books (B1-B5) are off-site, and need to be requested at least three business days in advance to use the materials in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); Richard Hofstadter papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

"The Nature of American Extreme Right Wing Groups" by Richard Hofstatder for the Fund for the Republic. Typed manuscript (carbon), with mss. Corrections, 89 pages. Gift of Fritz Stern. Found in the General Manuscripts Collection (MS#0001, Box 66).

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Richard Hofstadter, 1963 & 1966.

Gift of Mrs Richard Hofstadter, 1971, 1974& 1984.

Transferred from the Burgess-Carpenter Library, 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed BRC 06/--/86.

Revision Description

2020-03-10 PDF replaced with encoded finding aid. kws

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"CUL Collections:"
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Academic freedom -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1889-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beard, Charles A (Charles Austin), 1874-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boorstin, Daniel J (Daniel Joseph), 1914-2004 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bruchey, Stuart Weems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Taylor, 1900-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carman, Harry J (Harry James), 1884-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clemens, Cyril, 1902-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curti, Merle (Merle Eugene), 1897-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dupee, F. W (Frederick Wilcox), 1904-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education, Higher -- United States -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Educators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fox, Dixon Ryan, 1887-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haydn, Hiram Collins, 1831-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historiography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
History -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
History -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Howe, Irving Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Intellectual life -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Intellectuals -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moynihan, Daniel P (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Politics, Practical Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Potofsky, Jacob S (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Progressivism (United States politics) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public opinion -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Right and left (Political science) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social evolution Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sociology -- United States -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Student movements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Diana Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Civilization Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Intellectual life Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Territorial expansion Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ver Steeg, Clarence L (Clarence Lester), 1922-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ward, Barbara, 1914-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodward, C. Vann (Comer Vann), 1908-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The historian Richard Hofstadter was a core member of the group of postwar Columbia intellectuals that included Lionel Trilling, Jacques Barzun, Robert Merton, and Daniel Bell. At a time when politics were assumed essentially to reflect economic interests, Hofstadter began studying alternative explanations for political conduct: unconscious motives, status anxieties, irrational hatreds, paranoia. Hofstadter wrote some of the most influential books to appear in American political and cultural history, among them "The Age of Reform" (1955) and "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life" (1963), both recognized with Pulitzer Prizes, and the celebrated "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" (1965). His "American Political Tradition (1948), an enduring classic, remains today a standard work in both college and high-school history classes and has been read by millions outside the academy.

After earning his MA and PhD from Columbia, Hofstadter joined the faculty in 1946. He was named the DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History in 1959 and remained at the University until his untimely death from leukemia in 1970. Many of Hofstadter's graduate students have gone on to important scholarship and teaching. One of them, Eric Foner, the current DeWitt Clinton Professor, says"He played brilliantly the role of intellectual mentor so critical to any student's graduate career. For all his accomplishments, he was utterly without pretension, always unintimidating, never too busy to talk about one's work." In 1968, following the campus disruptions that spring, Hofstadter delivered the commencement address, in which he defended Columbia as "a center of free inquiry and criticism--a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.".