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  • Title: Stephen J. Tonsor papers
    Date (inclusive): 1951-2001
    Collection Number: 2000C97
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 50 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (18.8 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Papers of the American historian include correspondence, speeches, and writings, relating to conservative political thought and higher education in the United States.
    Creator: Tonsor, Stephen J. (Stephen John), 1923-2014
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2002

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Stephen J. Tonsor papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biography Note

    1923 November 26 Born, Jerseyville, Illinois
    1941-1943 Student, Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois
    1943-1946 Served as Sergeant (Cryptographer) Signal Corps, U.S. Army
    1948 B.A., Philosophy, University of Illinois
    1948-1949 Student, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    1953-1954 Student, University of Munich, West Germany
    1954 Awarded Ph.D., History, University of Illinois
    1954- Assistant professor to professor of history, University of Michigan
    1954-1955 Pre-doctoral instructor, University of Michigan
    1957, 1962, 1972 Horace H. Rackham grantee
    1955-1959 Instructor, University of Michigan
    1959 Author, National Socialism: Conservative Reaction or Nihilist Revolt?
    1959-1964 Assistant professor, University of Michigan
    1962 Recipient, University of Michigan Literary and Education Class of 1923 Award for Distinguished Teaching
    1962-1963 Relm Foundation grantee
    1964- Associate professor, University of Michigan
    1969 Associate Editor, Modern Age
    1970-1973 Consultant, President's Council of Economic Advisers, Washington, D.C.
    1971 Summer grantee, Earhart Foundation
    1972 Awarded honorary D. Litt
    1972-1973 Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    1974 Author, Tradition and Reform in Education Member, Mont Pelerin Society
    1974-1977 Member, board of directors, YM-YWCA, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    1975 Author, America's Continuing Revolution: An Act of Conservation
    1982 Author, Freedom, Order, and the University
    1990 Author, Reflections on the French Revolution: A Hillsdale Symposium
    1993 Author, Quest for Liberty: America in Acton's Thought

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Stephen John Tonsor papers, acquired in 2002, consist of correspondence, speeches and writings and other materials relating to conservative political thought and to higher education in the United States.
    The bulk of the materials contained in the Correspondence series include Stephen Tonsor's personal correspondence with his friends and family members, various organizations he was associated with, and exchange of official letters with his colleagues relating to students' requests for recommendations for teaching positions and admission to graduate programs in different universities around the country. Among his personal correspondents, special mention should be made of, F. A. Hayek, Sidney Hook, Henry Regnery, and Eric Voegelin. Speeches and Writings reflect his political ideas relating to conservative ideology, his views about current educational systems and problems arising out of that system. Some of Henry Regnery's writings are included in the Writings by Others series.
    The inclusion of photographs sent to him by his friends, such as Annelise Thimme, George Tilton, and others, complement the series previously mentioned.


    The collection is organized into eight series: Biographical File, Correspondence, Speeches and Writings, University of Michigan File, Writings by Others, Subject File, Oversize Material, Photographs

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Education -- United States
    United States -- Politics and government
    Universities and colleges -- United States