This collection contains the papers of American professor and historian Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932). Subjects covered:
Turner's education; family affairs; business affairs, particularly with his publisher Henry Holt and Co.; ideas about the
frontier, sectionalism, historical scholarship, professional matters generally, and politics; Turner's activities and experiences
at Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Harvard and the Huntington Library; teaching career; work with
the Harvard Commission on Western History; work with the Dictionary of American biography project; and his role in the American
Historical Association, particularly the "Bancroft insurrection" of 1915.
American professor and historian Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932) was born November 14, 1861, in Portage, Wisconsin, the
son of Andrew Jackson Turner, a journalist, politician, and local historian. After study at the University of Wisconsin and
Johns Hopkins, Turner embarked on a teaching career in American history, first at the University of Wisconsin (1889-1910)
and later at Harvard University (1910-1924). With the publication in 1893 of his essay "The Significance of the Frontier in
American History," containing his thesis that American society owed its distinctive characteristics to experience with an
undeveloped frontier, he became a figure of national importance historically. Though he wrote little, he was active in American
Historical Association, and he was a guide and mentor to the future historians who passed through his classroom. His final
years were spent in research at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, where his activities became increasingly
curtailed as his health deteriorated. He died in Pasadena, California, on March 14, 1932.
220.2 Linear Feet
(335 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 24 volumes, 1 map file box)
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