The Sheldon Wolin papers document his work as a political theorist, writer, and teacher. The collection includes academic
and editorial correspondence; administrative materials from the Universities of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, Princeton,
and Cornell; drafts of, and notes and research for, Wolin’s articles, talks, class lectures, and book projects; and a small
amount of personalia. A good portion of the collection contains materials related to an unpublished manuscript that Wolin
worked on for over 40 years, “Dialogues with Power.”
Political theorist and public intellectual Sheldon Wolin was born in Chicago in 1922 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. Wolin
earned his BA at Oberlin College in 1946, and his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1950. He interrupted his college career to enlist in
the Army Air Forces, where he was a navigator and bombardier in the Pacific. Wolin was a professor of Political Science at
the University of California, Berkeley from 1954-1970 and taught for a few years at the University of California, Santa Cruz
before joining the Department of Politics at Princeton, where he taught from 1972 until his retirement in 1987.
27.65 Linear Feet
(21 cartons, 4 boxes)
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Cartons 1-21 and Boxes 1-2 are open for research. Boxes 3-4 include restricted student work and personnel information and
are closed to researchers until 2062.