Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011

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Handlin taught history at Harvard and was Director of the Harvard University Library from 1979 to 1984.

From the description of Papers of Oscar Handlin, 1958-1984 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973327

Handlin earned his Harvard AM in 1935 and his PhD in 1940. He taught history at Harvard and was Director of the Harvard University Library from 1979 to 1984.

From the description of The evolution of national character in America, 1861-1875 / by Oscar Handlin. 1935. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228511652

Oscar Handlin was born on September 29, 1915 in Brooklyn New York, the oldest of three children of Russian Jewish immigrants. Oscar graduated from Brooklyn College in 1934 and taught here from 1936-1938. Handlin earned both his B.A. (1935) and Ph.D. (1940) from Harvard University. He then began his long career teaching at Harvard University (1939-1986). Handlin is viewed as one of the most prolific and influential American historians of the twentieth century. As an American historian and educator, he was noted for his in depth examination of American immigration history, ethnic history and social history. His dissertation in 1941 was published as Boston's Immigrants, 1790-1865: A Study in Acculturation. The book was highly regarded for its innovative research on sociological concepts and census data. In 1941, the book won the prestigious Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association as outstanding historical work published by a young scholar. Handlin was a prolific writer. His book The Uprooted (1951), for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize (1952), begins with "Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history". It became his most famous book. In 1954, the years he became a full professor at Harvard, Handlin was chief editor of The Harvard Guide to American History. Also, in 1954, Handlin won a Guggenheim fellowship. By the late 1950s Oscar Handlin was publishing a book nearly every year, with works in the fields of civil rights, liberty, ethnicity, urban history, the history of education, foreign affairs, migration, biography, adolescence, even a book of poetry. During the 1960s, Handlin produced 11 books, wrote a monthly column for the Atlantic Monthly, directed the Center for the Study of Liberty in America, helped manage a commercial television station in Boston, chaired a board that oversaw Fulbright Scholarship awards-in addition to his teaching duties at Harvard. From 1979-1983, he was director of the Harvard University Library. He also edited a 42-volume collection of books on subjects relating to immigration and ethnicity, The American Immigration Collection (1969). During the next three decades, Handlin wrote 12 more books, many on the subject of liberty, and edited at least 20 biographies. He continued his work with immigrants with From the Outer World (1997), which collected the travel accounts of visitors to the United States from non-European countries.

From the description of The Papers of Oscar Handlin, 194?-199? (Brooklyn College). WorldCat record id: 471511733

Historian, Professor of History.

Graduate of Brooklyn College, 1934; has taught at Harvard University since 1939.

From the description of Papers, 1949-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155454089

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creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 (bulk 1960-1980). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Collection: Books, pamphlets, periodicals, 18-- - <ongoing> Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Duberman, Martin B. Martin B. Duberman papers, 1917-1997. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Martin B. Duberman papers, 1917-1992 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. The evolution of national character in America, 1861-1875 / by Oscar Handlin. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Baron, Salo W. Papers, 1900-1980 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Crane, Verner Winslow, 1889-. Verner Winslow Crane papers, 1911-1974. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Tamiment Institute Records, 1935-1990s Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph), 1914-2004. Daniel J. Boorstin papers, 1882-1995 (bulk 1944-1994). Library of Congress
referencedIn Baron, Salo W. (Salo Wittmayer), 1895-1989. Salo Wittmayer Baron papers, ca. 1900-1980. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Theodore Saloutos Papers, 1932-1982 University of Minnesota Libraries. Immigration History Research Center [ihrc]
referencedIn Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976. Papers of Samuel Eliot Morison, 1807-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. The Papers of Oscar Handlin, 194?-199? Brooklyn College
referencedIn Gerschenkron, Alexander. Papers of Alexander Gerschenkron, 1940-1978 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Saloutos, Theodore. Papers, 1932-1982. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Sam Schaefler historical and literary letters and documents, 1674-1970s Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Verner Winslow Crane Papers, 1911-1974 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Skårdal, Dorothy Burton,. Oral history interview with Dorothy Burton Skårdal, 2005. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. Professional works : typescripts and manuscripts, 1950-1988. Brooklyn College
referencedIn Solon J. Buck Papers, 1778-1962, (bulk 1934-1957) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Daniel J. Boorstin Papers, 1882-1995, (bulk 1944-1994) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Carr, Wendell Robert. Papers of Wendell Robert Carr, 1960-1969. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series VII., Other Department Files, 1916-1996 (bulk 1943-1969). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Harvard University. Office of the Director of the University Library. Correspondence 1982-1989 (inclusive) Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. Papers, 1949-1982. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series II., Alfred A. Knopf Personal, 1874-1984 (bulk 1953-1984). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Harvard University. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Records relating to the disruption of a class during spring semester, 1969. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Handlin, Oscar, 1915-2011. Papers of Oscar Handlin, 1958-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
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Death 2011-09-20

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