Scope and Contents
Call Number: SC1115
Kennedy, David M.
Title: David M. Kennedy papers
60 Linear feet (40 boxes)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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[identification of item], David M. Kennedy Papers (SC1115). Dept. of Special
Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
David M. Kennedy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian specializing in American history.
Born in Seattle, Kennedy received his A.B. in History from Stanford (1963) and MA (1964)
and PhD (1968) from Yale. At Stanford since 1967, Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan
Professor of History and the Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Professor Kennedy teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of the
twentieth-century United States, American political and social thought, American foreign
policy, American literature, and the comparative development of democracy in Europe and
America. Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which combined
the fields of history, literature, and economics, Professor Kennedy's scholarship is
notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political
history. His 1970 Bancroft Prize-winning book,
Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, embraced the
medical, legal, political, and religious dimensions of the subject and helped to pioneer
the emerging field of women's history.
Here: The First World War and American Society
(1980), a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize, used the history of American involvement in World War I to analyze the
American political system, economy, and culture in the early twentieth century.
Freedom From Fear: The American People in
Depression and War
(1999), which won the 2000 Pulitizer Prize, recounts the
history of the United States in the two great crises of the Great Depression and World
War II. Professor Kennedy is responsible for the recent editions of the popular history
The American Pageant. He is
also the current editor of the
of United States
series and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the professional files of Historian and Stanford Donald J.
McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus David M. Kennedy.
The Personal, Professional & Administrative series contains files related to
Kennedy's activity within the Stanford University History Department, personal and
professional correspondence, and his involvement in professional organizations and
The Research Files series contain notes for publications, as well as drafts of articles
and books. Most frequently represented topics include World War I and World War II, as
well as general US and European history in the 20th century. Drafts of works in this
Freedom From Fear: The American
People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
The American Pageant: A History of the Republic;
Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret
Over Here: The First
World War and American Society.
The Teaching series consists of various course lecture notes, readers, syllabi, and
evaluations prepared for undergraduate and graduate courses taught by Kennedy.
The Travel series includes Kennedy's files related to conferences and other professional
The Computer Files series includes various floppy diskettes created or maintained by
Kennedy. This series is still in process.
Files are arranged into five series: Personal, Professional & Administrative;
Research Files; Teaching; Travel; and Computer Files.
Sanger, Margaret Higgins.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans.