Don Edward Fehrenbacher papers, 1928-1997

Fehrenbacher, Don E. (Don Edward), 1920-1997


11.5. linear feet (25 boxes).
These papers document Fehrenbacher's career as historian, writer, and professor at Stanford University. Included are his incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1945-1996; syllabi, lectures, and examinations from his classes; manuscripts, drafts, and some research files from his books THE DRED SCOTT CASE and THE MINOR AFFAIR; research files, notes, lectures, and published articles (largely regarding his research on Abraham Lincoln), ca. 1948-1988; and reviews of his published works. The correspondence, arranged chronologically, is with other historians, publishers, professional associations, Stanford colleagues, and his students, with some family letters included. Correspondents include Forrest McDonald, Bernard Weisberger, William T. Hutchinson, Lionel E. Fredman, Norman Graebner, Carl N. Degler, David M. Potter, Michael Burlingame, George H. Knoles, Richard W. Lyman, and Earl Pomeroy.
Don Edward Fehrenbacher, professor of history at Stanford (1953-97), was born in Illinois in 1920. He received his B.A. from Cornell College in 1946 and his M.A. (1948) and Ph.D. (1951) from University of Chicago. He won the Pulitzer Prize (1979) for his book on the Dred Scott case. His other awards included a Guggenheim fellowship in 1959-60, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, 1975-76, and the Lincoln Prize for Civil War studies in 1997. He was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University, 1967-68, and the Harrison Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, 1973-74. Fehrenbacher was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1984; he continued to lecture and publish during his retirement and was a consultant on Ken Burns' epic film THE CIVIL WAR, which aired in 1990. He died in December 1997.

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