Guide to the Peter Stansky Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2013 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0190
Creator: Stansky, Peter, 1932-
Title: Peter Stansky papers
Dates: 1960-2010
Physical Description: 6 Linear feet
Summary: The papers consist of three different sections, each representing a distinct academic activity: Stansky's committee involvement, publishing activities, and his library correspondence. The committee records include minutes and correspondence with various members of the Academic Senate, the Drama Department, the English Department, the Land and Building Committee, and the Foreign Campus Sub-Committee which was centered in Clivedon, England; the latter committee is also represented by class lists and syllabi. Stansky's publishing activities constitute the second major portion of the collection and include drafts of articles and books, including ENGLAND SINCE 1867 and ON NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, as well as correspondence with his publishers, including Harcourt and Garland. The third part of the collection consists of his correspondence relating to the Stanford University Libraries from 1968 to 1980. An addition made in 2003 consists of two scrapbooks on Stansky's career, 1960-69. In 2014 subject files were added that contain manuscripts, research, correspondence, and reviews related to some of Stansky's publications.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Peter Stansky, 1983-2003.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Peter Stansky Papers (SC0190). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Peter Stansky, born in New York in 19312, has had a long and distinguished career in the field of history. He received his first BA in History from Yale, and a few years later received his second BA in History from King’s College, Cambridge. Assuming he would eventually go into the practice of Law, he sent out but then withdrew applications to Harvard Law School, eventually earning his Ph.D. in History from Harvard. He taught at Harvard until 1968, when he joined the Stanford faculty. In 1974 Stansky became the holder of the endowed Frances and Charles Field Chair in History, and has been the chairman of Stanford's History Department for at least two terms.
Stanksy’s scholarly interests have been quite diverse during his time at Stanford University. He has authored or co-authored numerous books on British social and literary topics, such as The Unknown Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell: The Transformation, Ambitions and Strategies, and numerous other books on subjects including Winston Churchill, Victorian society, William Morris, and William Gladstone. Along with scholarly publications, Stansky has served on many Stanford committees and has been actively involved with the Stanford University Library collection development.

Description of the Collection

The Peter Stansky Papers consists of three different sections, each representing a distinct academic activity Peter Stansky was involved with: his committee involvement, his publishing activities, and his library correspondence.
His committee work ranged from Academic Senate, the Drama Department, the English Department, the Land and Building Committee, and the Foreign Campus Sub-Committee which was centered in Cliveden, England. The content of this section is predominantly minutes and correspondence with various committee members. The last of these committees, the Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, contains both the minutes of the meetings (boxes 2 and 3) and class lists and syllabi (box 4).
Peter Stansky’s publishing activities constitute the second major portion of this collection. Along with the actual material dealing with the compilation of the text or book, this section also includes correspondence with the various publishers, such as Harcourt and Garland. The last two boxes of this collection (boxes 10 and 11) contain file cards with notes on his various publications.
Finally, Peter Stansky was involved with Stanford’s library development, and included in his papers are his correspondence with the Stanford University Libraries from 1968-1980 (box 9).
An addition made in 2003 consists of two scrapbooks on Stansky's career, 1960-69.

Access Terms

Stanford University--Administration.
Stanford University--Faculty.
Stanford University. Dept. of History.
Stanford University. Libraries.
Stanford University. Overseas Study Program.
Stanford University. Senate of the Academic Council.
Stansky, Peter, 1932-
England--Intellectual life--Study and teaching.
Great Britain--Politics and government--Study and teaching.


Collection Contents

 

Original accession

Box 1, Folder 1

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 2

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 3

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 4

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 5

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 6

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 7

Academic Senate, 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 8

Academic Senate, 1978

Box 1, Folder 9

Academic Senate, 1978

Box 1, Folder 10

Academic Senate, 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 11

Committee on Drama Department, 1975-1981

Box 2, Folder 1

Visiting Scholars Committee, 1968-1970

Box 2, Folder 2

Visiting Scholars Committee, 1971-1973

Box 2, Folder 3

Land and Building Committee, 1986-1987

Box 2, Folder 4

Land and Building Committee, 1986-1987

Box 2, Folder 5

Land and Building Committee, 1986-1987

Box 2, Folder 6

SGES Committee on English, 1971-1973

Box 2, Folder 7

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1969-1971

Box 2, Folder 8

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 9

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 10

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970-1972

Box 3, Folder 1

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970-1972

Box 3, Folder 2

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1971

Box 3, Folder 3

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1971

Box 3, Folder 4

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain, 1972

Box 3, Folder 5

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1969-1970

Box 3, Folder 6

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970

Box 3, Folder 7

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970

Box 3, Folder 8

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970

Box 3, Folder 9

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970

Box 3, Folder 10

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970

Box 3, Folder 11

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain, 1970

Box 4, Folder 1

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain (class lists and syllabi), 1971

Box 4, Folder 2

Foreign Campus Sub-Committee, Britain (class lists and syllabi), 1971

Box 4, Folder 3

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain (class lists and syllabi), 1971-1972

Box 4, Folder 4

Clivedon Sub-Committee, Britain (class lists and syllabi), 1971-1972

Box 4, Folder 5

Stanford in Britain (class lists and syllabi), 1976-1977

Box 4, Folder 6

Save Clivedon Committee 1976-1977

Box 5, Folder 1

Publications: England Since 1867, chapters 1-2

Box 5, Folder 2

Publications: England Since 1867, chapters 3-4

Box 5, Folder 3

Publications: England Since 1867, chapters 5 -

Box 5, Folder 4

Publications: England, a textbook

Box 5, Folder 5

Publications: England, a textbook, continued

Box 5, Folder 6

Publications: England, a textbook, continued

Box 5, Folder 7

Publications: England, a textbook, continued

Box 5, Folder 8

Publications: England, a textbook, continued

Box 5, Folder 9

Publications: England, a textbook, continued

Box 6, Folder 1

Publications: On Nineteen Eighty-Four

Box 6, Folder 2

Publications: On Nineteen Eighty-Four

Box 6, Folder 3

Publications: On Nineteen Eighty-Four

Box 6, Folder 4

Publishing activities: Defoe

Box 6, Folder 5

Publishing activities: Victorian Studies, 1964-1969

Box 6, Folder 6

Publishing activities: Victorian Studies, 1969

Box 6, Folder 7

Publishing activities: Victorian Studies, 1970-1973

Box 6, Folder 8

Publishing activities: Victorian Essays

Box 6, Folder 9

Publishing activities: Victorian Essays

Box 6, Folder 10

Publishing activities: Churchill

Box 6, Folder 11

Publishing activities: Churchill

Box 7, Folder 1

Publishing activities: Harcourt, 1966-1971

Box 7, Folder 2

Publishing activities: Harcourt, 1966-1971

Box 7, Folder 3

Publishing activities: Harcourt, 1972

Box 7, Folder 4

Publishing activities: Harcourt, 1972

Box 7, Folder 5

Publishing activities: Harcourt, 1973 -

Box 7, Folder 6

Publishing activities: Harcourt, 1973 -

Box 7, Folder 7

Publishing activities: Harvester Press Ltd.

Box 7, Folder 8

Publishing activities: W. M. Conway Essay

Box 7, Folder 9

Publishing activities: W. M. Conway Essay

Box 8, Folder 1

Publishing activities: Garland Publishing

Box 8, Folder 2

Publishing activities: Garland Publishing

Box 8, Folder 3

Publishing activities: Garland Publishing

Box 8, Folder 4

Publishing activities: Garland Publishing

Box 8, Folder 5

Publishing activities: Garland Publishing

Box 8, Folder 6

Publishing activities: Lyttleton and Thring

Box 8, Folder 7

Publishing activities: Lyttleton and Thring

Box 8, Folder 8

Publishing activities: Morley’s Historical Review

Box 8, Folder 9

Publishing activities: Morley’s Historical Review

Box 8, Folder 10

Publishing activities: British Labour

Box 8, Folder 11

Publishing activities: British Labour

Box 8, Folder 12

Publishing activities: British Labour

Box 9, Folder 1

Correspondence: Stanford University Libraries, 1968-1971

Box 9, Folder 2

Correspondence: Stanford University Libraries, 1972-1980

Box 9, Folder 3

Correspondence: Stanford University Libraries, 1973-1974

Box 9, Folder 4

Notes on publications (note cards)

Box 10

File cards with notes on publications

Box 11

File cards with notes on publications

 

Accession ARCH-2003-096 Additional material

Box 1

Two scrapbooks on Stansky's career

Scope and Content Note

Volume 1, 1960-1966, with clippings, reprints, magazines, programs, and 1 photograph 1; Volume 2, 1966-69, with clippings, newsletters, reprints, and 1 photograph
 

Accession ARCH-2009-183 Additional material

 

Accession ARCH-2014-007 Subject files 1974-2010

Creator/Collector: Stansky, Peter, 1932-
Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

The Peter Stansky subject files include manuscripts, research, correspondence, and reviews of some of Stansky’s publications dated 1974-2010. Subjects covered include C.R. Ashbee and H.W. Rolfe, Julian Bell, the Blitz, Bloomsbury, twentieth-century British artists, William Gladstone, William Morris, George Orwell, and Philip and Sybil Sassoon.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

British history--20th century
British literature--20th century.
Box 1, Folder 1

Ashbee/Rolfe subject files 1974-1978

Language of Material: English
 

Julian Bell subject files 1966-2007

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

This subject file contains research and correspondence about Julian Bell (1908-1937), an English poet and nephew of Virginia Woolf. Peter Stansky published two books about Julian Bell, including Journey to the Frontier: Julian Bell and John Cornford: Their lives and the 1930s with William Abrahams (1966), and Julian Bell: From Bloomsbury to the Spanish Civil War (2012).
Box 1, Folder 2

Research undated

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1982-2007

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 4

Journey to the Frontier illustrations 1966

Language of Material: English
 

Blitz subject files 2006-2010

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

This subject file contains manuscripts and correspondence about the Blitz in London (1940-1941). It also contains book reviews for Peter Stansky’s publication The First Day of the Blitz (2007).
Box 1, Folder 5

Manuscripts 2006-2010

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence 2006-2007

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 7

The First Day of the Blitz book reviews 2007

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 8

The First Day of the Blitz illustrations 2007

Language of Material: English
Box 1

London's Burning, interview on KPFA 1994 Oct 28

London's Burning, interview on KPFA, 1994 Oct 28
London's Burning, interview on KPFA, 1994 Oct 28

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
Language of Material: English
 

Bloomsbury subject files 1986-1998

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

This subject file contains manuscripts about Bloomsbury, as well as correspondence and book reviews for Peter Stansky’s publication On or About 1910: Early Bloomsbury and its Intimate World (1996).
Box 1, Folder 9

Manuscripts undated

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence 1986-1998

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 11

On or About December 1910: Early Bloomsbury and its Intimate World book reviews 1996

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 12

Illustrations 1995

Language of Material: English
Box 1

British artist subject files undated

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

This subject file contains handwritten and typed notecards by Peter Stansky about twentieth-century British artists such as Henry Moore (1898-1986), Graham Sutherland (1903-1980), Paul Nash (1889-1946), and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).
 

William Gladstone subject files 1978-1979

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

In 1979 Peter Stansky’s book about the British politician William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) called Gladstone: A Progress in Politics was published. This subject file includes a manuscript of the book, as well as correspondence and book reviews related to the publication.
Box 1, Folder 15

Gladstone: A Progress in Politics manuscript undated

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence 1978-1979

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 17

Gladstone: A Progress in Politics book reviews 1979

Language of Material: English
 

William Morris subject files 1985-2006

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

Peter Stansky researched and wrote two books about William Morris (1834-1896), an English artist and writer associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. The book William Morris was published in 1983 and From William Morris to Sergeant Pepper in 1999. This research file contains some of Stansky’s manuscripts about Morris, along with correspondence and book reviews of From William Morris to Sergeant Pepper.
Box 1, Folder 18

Manuscripts (1 of 2) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 19

Manuscripts (2 of 2) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 20

Correspondence 1985-2006

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 21

From William Morris to Sergeant Pepper book reviews 1999

Language of Material: English
 

George Orwell subject files 1953-2005

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

Peter Stansky researched and presented papers on George Orwell (1903-1950) throughout his career as a professor and historian. This subject file includes Stansky’s manuscripts, correspondence, and research related to George Orwell.
Box 2, Folder 1

Manuscripts (1 of 2) 1953-2005

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 2

Manuscripts (2 of 2) 1953-2005

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence 1982-2004

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 4

Research (1 of 3) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 5

Research (2 of 3) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 6

Research (3 of 3) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 2

Forum: George Orwell 2000 Nov 13

Forum: George Orwell, 2000 Nov 13
Forum: George Orwell, 2000 Nov 13

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette(s)
 

Today Show program on Orwell's 1984 1984

Today Show program on Orwell's 1984, 1984

Physical Description: 1 optical disc(s) (DVD)
 

Sassoon subject files 1998-2009

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

Two members of the prominent Sassoon family, Philip Sassoon (1888-1939) and his sister Sybil Sassoon (1894-1989) became the subject of one of his Peter Stansky’s many books. Sassoon: The Worlds of Philip and Sybil was published in 2003. This subject file contains book reviews of this publication, along with Stansky’s manuscripts, research, and correspondence related to the Sassoon family.
Box 2, Folder 7

Manuscripts undated

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 8

Research (1 of 2) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 9

Research (2 of 2) undated

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 10

Sassoon: The Worlds of Philip and Sybil book reviews 2003

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence 1998-2009

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 12

Miscellaneous papers undated

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content Note

This subject file contains miscellaneous papers, most but not all of which were written by Peter Stansky.