Scope and Contents
Call Number: SC1115
Kennedy, David M.
Title: David M. Kennedy papers
Dates: circa 1968-2010
57 Linear feet (38 boxes)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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[identification of item], David M. Kennedy Papers (SC1115). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
David M. Kennedy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian specializing in American history. Born in Seattle, Kennedy received
his A.B. in History from Stanford (1963) and MA (1964) and PhD (1968) from Yale. At Stanford since 1967, Kennedy is the Donald
J. McLachlan Professor of History and the Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Professor Kennedy teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of the twentieth-century United States, American
political and social thought, American foreign policy, American literature, and the comparative development of democracy in
Europe and America. Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which combined the fields of history, literature,
and economics, Professor Kennedy's scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social
and political history. His 1970 Bancroft Prize-winning book,
Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, embraced the medical, legal, political, and religious dimensions of the subject and helped to pioneer the emerging field
of women's history.
Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, used the history of American involvement in World War I to analyze the American
political system, economy, and culture in the early twentieth century.
Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War (1999), which won the 2000 Pulitizer Prize, recounts the history of the United States in the two great crises of the Great
Depression and World War II. Professor Kennedy is responsible for the recent editions of the popular history textbook
The American Pageant. He is also the current editor of the
Oxford History of United States series and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the professional files of Historian and Stanford Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus
David M. Kennedy.
The Personal, Professional & Administrative series contains files related to Kennedy's activity within the Stanford University
History Department, personal and professional correspondence, and his involvement in professional organizations and activities.
The Research Files series contain notes for publications, as well as drafts of articles and books. Most frequently represented
topics include World War I and World War II, as well as general US and European history in the 20th century. Drafts of works
in this series include:
Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945;
The American Pageant: A History of the Republic;
Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger; and
Over Here: The First World War and American Society.
The Teaching series consists of various course lecture notes, readers, syllabi, and evaluations prepared for undergraduate
and graduate courses taught by Kennedy.
The Travel series includes Kennedy's files related to conferences and other professional travel.
The Computer Files series includes various floppy diskettes created or maintained by Kennedy. This series is still in process.
Files are arranged into five series: Personal, Professional & Administrative; Research Files; Teaching; Travel; and Computer
Sanger, Margaret Higgins.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans.
World War, 1939-1945.