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Richard Hofstadter papers, 1944-1970

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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.

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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

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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.

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Processing Information

Processed BRC 06/--/86.

Revision Description

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

Subject Headings

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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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
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.".

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence



Box CC1 Barnes, Harry Elmer


Box CC1 Barzun, Jacques


Box CC1 Beard, Charles A.


Box CC1 Boorstin, Daniel J.


Box CC1 Caldwell, Taylor


Box CC1 Carman, Harry J.


Box CC1 Clemens, Cyril


Box CC1 Commager, Henry Steele


Box CC1 Curti, Merle


Box CC1 Dupee, Frederick Wilcox


Box CC1 Fox, Dixon Ryan


Box CC1 Frankenthaler, Helen


Box CC1 Goodrian, Paul


Box CC1 Haydn, Hiram


Box CC1 Howe, Irving


Box CC1 Jackson, Barbara Ward (Lady)


Box CC1 Kazin, Alfred


Box CC1 Knopf, Alfred A.


Box CC1 Kronenberger, Louis


Box CC1 Lerner, Max


Box CC1 Malone, Dumas


Box CC1 Morison, Samuel Eliot


Box CC1 Morris, Richard B.


Box CC1 Moynihan, Daniel Patrick


Box CC1 Nevins, Allan


Box CC1 Potofsky, Jacob S.


Box CC1 Riesman, David


Box CC1 Schapiro, Meyer


Box CC1 Schlesinger, Arthur M.


Box CC1 Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr.


Box CC1 Trilling, Diana

Series II: Uncataloged Correspondence



Box UC1 A-Ca



Box UC2 Ce-Da



Box UC3 De-Go



Box UC4 Gr-Ho



Box UC5 Hu-Ko



Box UC6 Kr-Ow



Box UC7 P-Ro



Box UC8 S-Un



Box UC9 Ut-Z

Series III: Manuscripts



Box 1 America at 1750



Box 2 America at 1750



Box 3 American Political Tradition



Box 4 American Political Tradition



Box 5 American Violence



Box 6 American Violence



Box 7 American Violence



Box 8 Idea of A Party System



Box 9 Idea of A Party System



Box 10 Idea of A Party System



Box 11 People and the Nation



Box 12 People and the Nation



Box 13 People and the Nation



Box 14 Progressive Historians



Box 15 Progressive Historians



Box 16 Progressive Historians



Box 17 Progressive Historians



Box 18 Biographical Material



Box 19 Biographical Material



Box 20 Article Reviews



Box 21 Article Reviews



Box 22 Article Reviews



Box 23 Lectures and Speeches --Notes on the Works of Other Authors



Box 24 Notes on Radical Right



Box 25 Age of Reform



Box 26 Turner Anthology- Paranoid Style in America, Issues in American History, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Miscellaneous Essays (published), Social Darwinism, American Higher Education



Box 27 Letters of Permission to Reprint: Course Materials, Columbia 1968



Box 28 Article Reviews about Hofstadter



Box 29 Printed Materials



Box 30 Printed Materials



Box 31 Misc. Unpublished Works: Senior Tutorial Thesis, Misc. Material



Box 32 Manuscript: Paranoid Style in American Politics



Box 33 Manuscript: Anti-Intellectualism in American Politics



Box 34 Misc. Notes and Drafts



Box 35 Misc. Notes and Drafts



Box 36 Misc. Notes and Drafts



Box 37 The Hofstadter Aegis: A Memorial, Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick, eds. New York, Knopf, 1974. Transcript, galley and page proofs, photographs.

Series IV: Books



Box B1 American higher education: a documentary history / edited by Richard Hofstadter and Wilson Smith

Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, c1961, 1968] 2 v. Paperbound.


Box B1 American higher education: a documentary history / edited by Richard Hofstadter and Wilson Smith

Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, c1961, [1970] 2 v. Clothbound.


Box B1 American violence: a documentary history / edited by Richard Hofstadter and Michael Wallace. -- 1st ed.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970 A Borzoi book.


Box B1 American violence: a documentary history / edited by Richard Hofstadter and Michael Wallace. -- 1st Vintage Books ed.

New York: Vintage Books, c1970, [1971]


Box B1 The business establishment / edited by Earl F. Cheit

New York; London; Sydney: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c1964 Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley


Box B1 Great issues in American history: a documentary record / edited by Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st ed.

New York: Vintage Books, 1958 2 v. V. 2: Signed by Richard Hofstadter.


Box B1 Great issues in American history / edited by Clarence L. Ver Steeg and Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st Vintage ed.

New York: Vintage Books, c1969 [3] v.


Box B1 Great issues in American politics: a series of study and discussion programs for adult groups / [prepared by Richard Hofstadter]

S. l.: S. n., c1956 2 v. 2 copies.


Box B1 Coin's financial school / by William H. Harvey; edited by Richard Hofstadter

Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963 The John Harvard library


Box B1 Coin's financial school / by William H. Harvey; edited by Richard Hofstadter

Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c1963, [1965] First paperback issue. The John Harvard library


Box B1 Academic freedom in the age of the college / by Richard Hofstadter

New York and London: Columbia University Press, c1955, [1964]


Box B1 The age of reform from Bryan to F. D. R. / by Richard Hofstadter

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956 A borzoi book.



Box B2 The age of reform from Bryan to F. D. R. / Richard Hofstadter

London: Jonathan Cape, [1962]


Box B2 The age of reform from Bryan to F. D. R. / by Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st Vintage ed.

New York: Vintage Books, 1960


Box B2 The age of reform from Bryan to F. D. R. Italian. L'eta delle riforme: da Bryan a F. D. Roosevelt / Richard Hofstadter; introduzione di Vittorio de Caprariis.

[Bologna ]: Societa Editrice il Mulino, c1962 Collezione di storia americana; 10


Box B2 America at 1750: a social portrait / by Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st ed.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971


Box B2 The American political tradition: and the men who made it / by Richard Hofstadter

New York: Alfred. A. Knopf, 1949 A Borzoi book.


Box B2 The American political tradition: and the men who made it / Richard Hofstadter

London: Jonathan Cape, [1962]


Box B2 The American political tradition / Richard Hofstadter. --Paperback ed.

London: Jonathan Cape, [1967]


Box B2 The American political tradition. Chinese. The American political tradition / Richard Hofstadter; translated by Chiu-Sen Yang

Hongkong: Hsien Hua Press, c1948, [1957]


Box B2 The American political tradition. French. Batisseurs d'une tradition / Richard Hofstadter; [traduction Denise Wandby]

Paris: Editions Seghers, 1966 Vent d'ouest


Box B2 The American political tradition. Hebrew. The American political tradition / Richard Hofstadter

Israel: Yachdav, United Publishers Co. Ltd., 1969


Box B2 The American political tradition. Italian. La tradizione politica americana / Richard Hofstadter; [traduzione di Giuseppe Vetrano]

[Bologna ]: Societa Editrice il Mulino, c1960 Collezione di storia americana; 3


Box B2 The American political tradition. Japanese. The American political tradition and the men who made it / by Richard Hofstadter

[Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1957]


Box B2 The American political tradition. Spanish. La tradicion politica americana: y los hombres que la forjaron / Richard Hofstadter; [traduccion de Rafael Albisu].

Barcelona: Editorial Seix Barral, 1969 3 copies. Biblioteca breve de bolsillo; libros de enlace



Box B3 The American republic / Richard Hofstadter; William Miller; Daniel Aaron

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1959 2 v.


Box B3 The American republic / Richard Hofstadter; William Miller; Daniel Aaron. -- 2nd ed.

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., c1970 2 v.


Box B3 Anti-intellectualism in American life / Richard Hofstadter

London: Jonathan Cape, c1963, [1964]


Box B3 Anti-intellectualism in American life / Richard Hofstadter

New York: Vintage Books, c1963


Box B3 Anti-intellectualism in American life. Italian. Societa e intellettuali in America / Richard Hofstadter

[Torino]: Giulio Einaudi editore, c1968


Box B3 Anti-intellectualism in American life. Spanish. Anti intelectualismo en la vida norteamericana / Richard Hofstadter; [traduccion de Federico Fernandez de Castillejo]

Madrid: Editorial Tecnos, c1969 Semillo y surco; coleccion de ciencias sociales; serie de sociologia


Box B3 The development and scope of higher education in the United States / by Richard Hofstadter and C. DeWitt Hardy

New York: Columbia University Press; published for The Commission on Financing Higher Education, c1952, [1954]


Box B3 The development of academic freedom in the United States / by Richard Hofstadter and Walter P. Metzger

New York: Columbia University Press, 1955


Box B3 The idea of a party system: the rise of legitimate opposition in the United States, 1780-1840 / by Richard Hofstadter

Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1969


Box B3 The idea of a party system: the rise of legitimate opposition in the United States, 1780-1840 / by Richard Hofstadter. -- Paper-bound ed.

Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1970



Box B4 The Hofstadter aegis: a memorial / edited by Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick. -- 1st ed.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974 A Borzoi book.


Box B4 The paranoid style in American politics: and other essays / Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st ed.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965 A Borzoi book.


Box B4 The paranoid style in American politics: and other essays / Richard Hofstadter

London: Jonathan Cape, c1965, [1966]


Box B4 The paranoid style in American politics: and other essays / Richard Hofstadter

New York: Vintage Books, c1965, [1967]


Box B4 The progressive historians: Turner, Beard, Parrington / Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st ed.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968 A Borzoi book.


Box B4 The progressive historians: Turner, Beard, Parrington / Richard Hofstadter

London: Jonathan Cape, c1968, [1969]


Box B4 The progressive historians: Turner, Beard, Parrington / Richard Hofstadter. -- 1st Vintage Books ed.

New York: Vintage Books, c1968, [1970] 3 copies.


Box B4 The progressive historians. Spanish. Los historiadores progresistas: Turner, Beard, Parrington / Richard Hofstadter; [version castellana Eduardo J. Prieto]

Buenos Aires: Editorial Paidos, c1970 Biblioteca de historia; serie mayor; 5


Box B4 Social Darwinism in American thought, 1860-1915 / by Richard Hofstadter

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1945, [1948] Prepared and published under the direction of the American Historical Association.


Box B4 Social Darwinism in American thought / Richard Hofstadter. -- Revised ed.

New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1959 Signed by Richard Hofstadter.


Box B4 Social Darwinism in American thought / Richard Hofstadter. -- Revised ed.

Boston: The Beacon Press, c1955 Beacon paperbacks Beacon contemporary affairs series


Box B4 The structure of American history / Richard Hofstadter; William Miller; Daniel Aaron

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., c1964



Box B5 Paths of American thought / edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Morton White. -- Sentry ed.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1970 First Sentry printing. Contributors include Richard Hofstadter.


Box B5 Ver Steeg, Clarence L. A people and a nation / Clarence L. Ver Steeg; Richard Hofstadter

New York; Evanston; London: Harper & Row, c1971


Box B5 The progressive movement, 1900-1915 / edited and with an introduction by Richard Hofstadter

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1963 A Spectrum book.


Box B5 The radical right: the new American right, expanded and updated / edited by Daniel Bell. -- 1st ed.

Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963


Box B5 The radical right: the new American right, expanded and updated / edited by Daniel Bell. -- 1st ed.

Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday & Company, Inc., c1963, [1964]


Box B5 Sociology and history: methods / edited by Seymour Martin Lipset and Richard Hofstadter

New York; London: Basic Books, Inc., c1968 The sociology of American history; 1


Box B5 Ten major issues in American politics / Richard Hofstadter. -- New ed.

New York; London; Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1968 Paperback.


Box B5 Turner and the sociology of the frontier / edited by Richard Hofstadter and Seymour Martin Lipset

New York; London: Basic Books, Inc., c1968 Hardcover. The sociology of American history; 2


Box B5 Turner and the sociology of the frontier / edited by Richard Hofstadter and Seymour Martin Lipset

New York; London: Basic Books, Inc., c1968 Paperback. The sociology of American history; 2