Description of the Collection
Call Number: SC0436
Treat, Payson J. (Payson Jackson),
Title: Payson J. Treat papers
3.5 Linear feet
Summary: Papers include articles and lectures, c. 1910-1940, pertaining
to the politics and history of the Far East and World War I; class lecture notes,
1907-1945, and papers by students, 1911-1943; correspondence, bibliographies, and
records pertaining to book purchases for the Stanford University Libraries; and
miscellaneous correspondence, bibliographies, and book reviews.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
Gift of Mrs. Virginia Davis, 1992 and 2004.
Information about Access
This collection is open for research.
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Payson J. Treat Papers (SC0436). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University
Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Payson Jackson Treat, a pioneer in Far Eastern studies, lived from 1879 to 1972. A
native of New York City, he earned his A.B. from Wesleyan University in 1900, and began
teaching at Barnard School while working on his A.M. at Columbia. In 1903, he came to
Stanford to work with Professor Max Farrand in the history department, and was appointed
an instructor at Stanford in 1905 . He received Stanford's first Ph.D. in history in
1910 with his dissertation, The National Land System, 1785-1820.
In 1906, Dr. Jordan, intrigued with the Far East, created a professorship in Far Eastern
history and appointed Payson Treat to fill it. Dr. Jordan also planned for him a leave
of absence from 1906-07 to visit the Orient and Australasia. This was to be the first of
five extended trips to the Far East. On these trips, he not only took the opportunity to
become one of America's leading scholars on the Orient, but he also began to gather
materials from the East for the Stanford libraries.
During his career, he published numerous books and articles on the Far East. He
participated in the activities of the Institute of Pacific Relations in an effort to
maintain peaceful relations between East and West. For his efforts along these lines, he
was decorated with the Third Class Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1935 by the Emperor
of Japan. He served as department head of the Stanford history department from
1922-1929, and, even after his retirement from teaching in 1945, he remained active in
the Stanford community.
Description of the Collection
This collection contains papers of Payson J. Treat from 1907 through 1945. Boxes one
and two primarily contain articles and lecture notes written by Treat on issues relating
to the Far East. Box one also contains correspondence, bibliographies, and other
miscellaneous personal documents. Box three contains class lecture notes from the
classes that Professor Treat taught at Stanford and elsewhere. Box four contains
business documents relating to the books Treat collected for the Hoover Library. Boxes
five through eight (an addition added to the collection in 2004) contain papers by
students in Treat's classes; they are arranged first chronologically then alphabetically
by author. Box eight also contains a few miscellaneous publications, not by Treat. This
collection pertains largely to Payson Treat's teaching career; there is an additional
collection of Treat's papers in the Hoover Institution Archives.
Stanford University. Dept. of History
Stanford University. Libraries.
Treat, Payson J. (Payson Jackson), 1879-1972
East Asia--Study and teaching
World War, 1914-1918 --Study and teaching.