Wendell Holmes Stephenson papers, 1820-1968
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- Stephenson, Wendell Holmes, 1899-1970
- 34.6 Linear Feet
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- about 25,950 items
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The papers of Wendell Holmes Stephenson span the years 1820-1968, but the bulk of the materials date from 1922 to 1968. They consist of correspondence, writings and speeches, research and teaching material, and subject files. The collection primarily concerns Stephenson's career as a university professor, historian and author, and editor of historical journals. His field was Southern history but included American history, and his interests spanned the colonial period to the 20th century.
The beginnings of Stephenson's career are documented in a limited number of letters, writings, and notes dating from his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and his graduate work at the University of Michigan in the 1920s. These materials are scattered principally in the Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, and Teaching Materials series.
The materials about his career as teacher, editor, and historical writer from the 1920s to the 1960s are not neatly organized into any particular series. The Journal of Southern History Series does record the bulk of his work with that publication, but information about particular persons, topics, and institutions is often available in more than one series, sometimes in all of them.
The Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, Subject Files, Teaching Material, and Research and Bibliographical Notes series span Stephenson's career from the 1920s to the 1960s. The Correspondence Series is considerably more extensive than the other series. Information about individuals, schools, associations, and publishers is principally filed in the Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, Subject Files, and Teaching Material series. The Research and Bibliographical Notes series contains Stephenson's research notes about persons, places, and topics in Southern and American history, but additional notes and information about them may also appear in other series.
Stephenson was the first editor of the Journal of Southern History that began publication in 1935. Correspondence files are extensive, and some subject files are also available. The papers document the operations of the Journal during Stephenson's editorship, 1935-1941, but also to a limited extent as late as 1944 and in the years prior to the inception of publication. The activity recorded ranges from routine business to dealings with the principal scholars in the field. What Southern history was during this period and who was doing research and writing is amply documented.
Stephenson was later the editor of another important journal, the Mississippi Valley Historical Review, during 1946-1953. Files under its name are in the Correspondence and Subject Files series. However, there are many more files in the Correspondence Series because he integrated his editorial files into his other correspondence. Material about the Review is not confined to the years of Stephenson's editorship.
Manuscripts of the articles and books of various historians are sometimes included in their files in the Journal of Southern History, Subject Files, and Correspondence series. In most cases the presence of these writings is related to Stephenson's editorial work, but some were filed because he was interested in the work of earlier historians.
- Biographical / historical:
Date Event 1899, March 13Born, Cartersville, Indiana 1917-1921Teacher in public schools of Indiana 1923A.B., Indiana University 1924A.M., Indiana University 1924-1926Instructor and assistant professor of history and political science, University of Kentucky 1927-1945Associate professor and professor of American history, Louisiana State University 1928Ph.D., University of Michigan 1935-1941Editor, Journal of Southern History 1940-1941President, Agricultural History Society 1941-1944Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Louisiana State University 1944President, Southern Historical Association 1946-1953Professor of Southern history and chairman, Division of Social Sciences, Tulane UniversityManaging editor, Mississippi Valley Historical Review 1953-1970Professor of history, University of Oregon 1957-1958President, Mississippi Valley Historical Association 1970, April 14Died, Eugene, Oregon
- Acquisition information:
- The papers of Wendell Holmes Stephenson (1893-1970), historian, university professor, and editor, were donated to the Special Collections Department in 1963 and 1972 by Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Holmes Stephenson.
- Processing information:
Processed by William R. Erwin, Jr.
Date Completed: October 22, 1991
Encoded by Alvin Pollock
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Historians -- Societies, etc.
Historians -- Southern States
College teachers as authors
History -- Societies, etc.
Universities and colleges -- United States
Historiography -- United States
- Journal of Southern History
Mississippi Valley Historical Review
Louisiana State University -- Faculty
Southern Historical Association -- History
Tulane University -- Faculty
University of Kentucky -- Faculty
University of Oregon -- Faculty
- Southern States -- History
United States -- History
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