Boorstin, Daniel J., 1956

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Librarian of Congress, author, educator, and historian.

From the description of Daniel J. Boorstin papers, 1882-1995 (bulk 1944-1994). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71070411

Biographical Note

  • 1914, Oct. 1: Born, Atlanta, Ga.
  • 1934: A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1934 - 1937 : Read law at the Inner Temple, London, England
  • 1936: B.A., Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
  • 1937: B.C.L., Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, England Passed English bar examinations and became a barrister-at-law
  • 1938 - 1942 : Tutor, history and literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1939 - 1942 : Lecturer, American legal history, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1940: J.S.D., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1941: Married Ruth Carolyn Frankel Published The Mysterious Science of the Law. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
  • 1942: Admitted to the Massachusetts bar Senior attorney, Lend-Lease Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 - 1944 : Assistant professor of history, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.
  • 1943: Editor, Delaware Cases, 1792-1830. St. Paul: West Publishing Co.
  • 1944 - 1949 : Assistant professor of history, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1948: Published The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Holt
  • 1949 - 1956 : Associate professor of history, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1950 - 1951 : Fulbright lecturer, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • 1953: Published The Genius of American Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • 1956 - 1964 : Professor of history, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1957: Visiting professor of American history, University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan Lecturer, Korea
  • 1958: Published The Americans: The Colonial Experience. New York: Random House; awarded Bancroft Prize, 1959
  • 1959 - 1960 : Lecturer for the State Department in Turkey, Iran, Nepal, India, and Ceylon
  • 1960: Published America and the Image of Europe: Reflections on American Thought. Cleveland: World Publishing Co.
  • 1961 - 1962 : First incumbent, chair of American history, University of Paris, Paris, France
  • 1962: Published The Image, or What Happened to the American Dream. New York: Atheneum; republished in 1964 as The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America. New York: Harper and Row
  • 1964 - 1965 : Pitt professor of American history and institutions, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
  • 1964 - 1969 : Preston and Sterling Morton distinguished service professor of history, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1965: Published The Americans: The National Experience. New York: Random House; awarded Francis Parkman Prize, 1966
  • 1966: Editor, An American Primer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • 1968: Published The Landmark History of the American People: From Plymouth to Appomattox. New York: Random House
  • 1969: Published The Decline of Radicalism: Reflections of America Today. New York: Random House
  • 1969 - 1973 : Director, National Museum of History and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1970: Published The Landmark History of the American People: From Appomattox to the Moon. New York: Random House Published The Sociology of the Absurd: Or, the Application of Professor X. New York: Simon & Schuster
  • 1972: Editor, American Civilization. London: Thames and Hudson
  • 1973: Published The Americans: The Democratic Experience. New York: Random House; awarded Pulitizer Prize, 1974
  • 1973 - 1975 : Senior historian, National Museum of History and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1974: Published Democracy and Its Discontents: Reflections on Everyday America. New York: Random House
  • 1974 - 1981 : Member, State Department's Indo-American Joint Subcommittee on Education and Culture
  • 1975 - 1987 : Librarian of Congress
  • 1976: Published The Exploring Spirit: America and the World, Then and Now. New York: Random House
  • 1978: Published The Republic of Technology. New York: Harper & Row
  • 1978 - 1984 : Member, Japan-United States Friendship Committee
  • 1981: Published with Brooks M. Kelley and Ruth Frankel Boorstin The History of the United States. Lexington: Ginn
  • 1981 - circa 1991 : Member, board of editors, Encyclopedia Britannica
  • 1983: Published The Discoverers. New York: Random House; awarded Watson-Davis Prize for History of Science and Society, 1986
  • 1987: Published Hidden History. New York: Harper & Row
  • 1987: Named Librarian of Congress Emeritus
  • 1989: Published The Republic of Letters: Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin on Books, Reading, and Libraries, 1975-87. Washington: Library of Congress Awarded the Charles Frankel Prize of the National Endowment for the Humanities Awarded the National Book Award Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters
  • 1992: Published The Creators. New York: Random House
  • 1994: Published Cleopatra's Nose: Essays on the Unexpected. New York: Random House
  • 1995: Published The Daniel J. Boorstin Reader. New York: Modern Library
  • 2004, Feb, 28: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Daniel J. Boorstin Papers, 1882-1995, (bulk 1944-1994), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Adlow, Elijah, 1896-1982. Elijah Adlow Collection. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Edward L. Bernays Papers, 1777-1994, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Sabine, Gordon A. Books that made the difference project, 1980-1986. Virginia Tech
referencedIn Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994. Correspondence, 1989. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
referencedIn Joseph L. Blau Papers, 1912-1987. Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library,
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Malone, Dumas, 1892-1986. Papers of Dumas Malone [manuscript], 1932, 1947-1974, 1981. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Macdonald, Dwight. Dwight Macdonald papers, 1865-1984 (inclusive), 1920-1978 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Papers, 1933-1967 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970. Richard Hofstadter papers, 1944-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Samuels, Ernest, 1903-. Ernest Samuels Papers, 1918-1977. Northwestern University
referencedIn Blau, Joseph L. (Joseph Leon), 1909-1986. Joseph L. Blau papers, 1912-1987. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Daniel J. Boorstin Papers, 1882-1995, (bulk 1944-1994) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995. Warren E. Burger introduction, 1976. Library of Congress
referencedIn Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977. Bruce Bliven papers, 1906-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. Papers of Oscar Handlin, 1958-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Evans, Mark, 1947-. Mark Evans papers, 1976-1982. American Primers
creatorOf Redding, Jay Saunders, 1906-1988. Papers, [ca. 1940-1980]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. Papers of Francis Pickens Miller, 1915-1976. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Dwight Macdonald papers, 1865-1984, 1920-1978 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995. Edward L. Bernays papers, 1777-1994 (bulk 1920-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Hunton, Eppa, 1855-1932. Papers concerning Dumas Malone [manuscript], 1974-1976. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Halle, Louis Joseph, 1910-. Papers of Louis J. Halle [manuscript], 1915-1985 bulk (1947-1985). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Halle, Louis Joseph, 1910-. Papers of Louis Joseph Halle [manuscript], 1941-1995. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Malone, Dumas, 1892-1986. Papers of Dumas Malone [manuscript], 1913-1986. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph), 1914-2004. Daniel J. Boorstin papers, 1882-1995 (bulk 1944-1994). Library of Congress
referencedIn Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Director. Peter C. Marzio, Correspondence Files, 1982-2002. Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
referencedIn Powell, Lewis F., 1907-1998. Lewis F. Powell, Jr. papers, 1921-1998. [part 3]. The Library at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Law Library
creatorOf Powell, Lewis F., 1907-1998. Lewis F. Powell, Jr. papers, 1921-1998. [part 6]. The Library at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Law Library
referencedIn Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995. Papers, 1976. Library of Congress
creatorOf Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967. Papers, 1933-1967. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adlow, Elijah, 1896-1982. person
correspondedWith Baker, Howard H. (Howard Henry), 1925- person
correspondedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
correspondedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012 person
correspondedWith Bedini, Silvio A. person
correspondedWith Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995. person
associatedWith Blau, Joseph L. (Joseph Leon), 1909-1986. person
associatedWith Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977. person
associatedWith Boorstin, Ruth Frankel. person
associatedWith Boorstin, Ruth Frankel. person
associatedWith Boorstin, Samuel. person
associatedWith Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995. person
associatedWith Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998 person
correspondedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
correspondedWith Cunliffe, Marcus person
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
correspondedWith English, Maurice person
associatedWith Evans, Mark, 1947- person
correspondedWith Fortas, Abe person
correspondedWith Fortas, Abe person
correspondedWith Franklin, John Hope, 1915-2009 person
associatedWith Halle, Louis Joseph, 1910- person
associatedWith Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. person
correspondedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 person
correspondedWith Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970 person
associatedWith Howe, Mark De Wolfe, 1906-1967. person
correspondedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 person
associatedWith Hunton, Eppa, 1855-1932. person
associatedWith Japan-United States Friendship Commission. corporateBody
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
correspondedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
correspondedWith L'Amour, Louis, 1908-1988 person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Library of Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Library of Congress. Center for the Book. corporateBody
associatedWith Macdonald, Dwight. person
associatedWith MacDonald, Dwight. person
associatedWith Malone, Dumas, 1892-1986. person
correspondedWith Marzio, Peter C. person
correspondedWith Marzio, Peter C. person
correspondedWith Matthiessen, F. O. (Francis Otto), 1902-1950 person
associatedWith Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Morris, Edmund person
correspondedWith Morris, Edmund person
correspondedWith Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Director corporateBody
associatedWith National Endowment for the Humanities. corporateBody
associatedWith National Museum of American History (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Museum of American History (U.S.). Office of the Director. corporateBody
associatedWith National Museum of History and Technology. corporateBody
associatedWith Powell, Lewis F., 1907-1998. person
correspondedWith Reagan, Ronald person
associatedWith Redding, Jay Saunders, 1906-1988. person
correspondedWith Riesman, David, 1909-2002 person
associatedWith Samuels, Ernest, 1903- person
correspondedWith Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007 person
associatedWith Smithsonian Institution. corporateBody
correspondedWith Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim person
associatedWith United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. corporateBody
correspondedWith Woodward, C. Vann (Comer Vann), 1908-1999 person
correspondedWith Wouk, Herman, 1915- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Subject
Books and reading
Books and reading--United States
Law--History
Occupation
Authors
Educators
Librarians of Congress
Historians
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Birth 1914-10-01

Death 2004-02-28

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