Charles S. Sydnor papers, 1729-1978 and undated
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- Sydnor, Charles S. (Charles Sackett), 1898-1954.
- 14.8 Linear Feet
circa 11,159 items
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The Charles S. Sydnor Papers roughly span the period 1729-1978, the bulk dated 1923 to 1954. They include correspondence, research notes, writings, printed materials, and clippings, chiefly relating to Sydnor's teaching career at Duke University, as well as at Harvard and Queen's College, Oxford. The collection also includes information about his involvement with various historical associations and committees, including the American Historical Association, Southern Historical Association, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, and the Advisory Committee of the Office of the Chief of Military History for the United States Army. There is background information pertaining to his various writings, including The Development of Southern Sectionalism (Volume V of the work A History of the South) (Baton Rouge, La., 1948), Gentleman Freeholders: Political Practices in Washington's Virginia (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1952), A Gentleman of the Old Natchez Region: Benjamin L. C. Wailes (Durham, N.C., 1938), Mississippi History (New York, N.Y., 1930), and Slavery in Mississippi (New York, N.Y., 1933). The papers contain notes and examinations for various history courses taught by Sydnor, student roll books, grade books, and papers. Additionally, there are a few notebooks and papers of Sydnor's while he was a student.
Materials relating to Sydnor's teaching career and participation in historical associations are found primarily in the Alphabetical Files Series and the Teaching Files Series. The information about Queen's College, University of Oxford, is located in the Alphabetical Files Series under Oxford. Information pertaining to his writings are found in the Writings and Speeches Series. Sydnor's own student notebooks and papers are found in the Miscellaneous Series. Topics highlighted include the Duke University Department of History during the late 1930s through the early 1950s, (Alphabetical Files Series); the writing and teaching of Southern history, particularly Mississippi history, (Writings and Speeches Series and Teaching Files Series); and the naturalist and planter, Benjamin L. C. Wailes (Writings and Speeches Series). A related collection in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the Benjamin L. C. Wailes Papers.
- Biographical / historical:
Chronology Date Event 1898, July 21 Born, Augusta, Ga. 1915 Graduated from Darlington School, Rome, Ga. 1918 B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va. 1919 Taught high school in Rome, Ga. 1919-1920 Taught at McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tenn. 1923 Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1923-1925 Professor of History and Political Science, Hampden-Sydney College 1924, June 12 Married Betty Brown 1925-1936 Professor of History, University of Mississippi 1935-1938 Member, Board of Editors, Journal of Southern History 1936-1938 Associate professor of History, Duke University, Durham, N.C. 1938 Professor of History and Chairman of History Department, Duke University 1939 President, Southern Historical Association 1941-1944 Member, Executive Committee, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association 1947- Member, Board of Editors, South Atlantic Quarterly 1948 Litt.D., Washington and Lee University, and Princeton University (1953) 1949 President, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association 1950 M.A., University of Oxford, Oxford, England 1950-1951 Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History, University of Oxford 1952- Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Duke University 1953 LL.D., Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. 1954 Died (buried in Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Sydnor's publications include Mississippi History, Slavery in Mississippi, A Gentleman of the Old Natchez Region: Benjamin L. C. Wailes, The Development of Southern Sectionalism, 1819-1848 (Volume V of The History of the South), and Gentlemen Freeholders: Political Practices in Washington's Virginia.
Sydnor held visiting professorships at Emory (1925-1926), Johns Hopkins (1929, 1934), Duke (1935-1936), Cornell (1941), University of North Carolina (1949), and Harvard (1952) Universities. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Council Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Advisory Committee of the Office of the Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army, the American Historical Association, and the American Mississippi Valley Historical Association. He received awards from the Social Science Research Council (1940) and the Library of Congress (1945-1946).
- Acquisition information:
- The Charles S. Sydnor Papers (1729-1978 and undated) were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library in 1990 by members of the Sydnor family.
- Processing information:
Processed by Janie Morris
Assisted by Daniel Daily
Date Completed: November 9, 1992
Encoded by Alvin Pollock
Finding aid updated to include processed additions 2000-0302, 2002-0051, and 2008-0145 in July 2009 by Alice Poffinberger
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Slavery -- United States -- Condition of slaves
Slavery -- Mississippi
Slaves -- United States -- Social conditions
- Duke University -- Faculty
North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
Harvard University. Dept. of History
Southern Historical Association
Duke University. Department of History
Queen's College (University of Oxford)
United States. Dept. of the Army. Office of Military History
American Historical Association
Wailes, Benjamin Leonard Covington, 1797-1862
Sydnor, Charles S. (Charles Sackett), 1898-1954.
- Southern States -- History -- Historiography
Virginia -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865
Virginia -- Politics and government -- Colonial Period, ca. 1600-1775
Southern States -- History
Mississippi -- History
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