Guide to the George Harmon Knoles Papers

Processed by Alan Wilson and Patricia White.
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
2004
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Overview

Call Number: SC0328
Creator: Knoles, George Harmon
Title: George Harmon Knoles papers
Dates: 1920-1994
Physical Description: 15 Linear feet
Summary: Professional and personal papers of Stanford University professor of American history.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of George H. Knoles, 1986, 1993, 1998, 2002.

Information about Access

Letters of recommendation from accessions 1985-097 and 1986-022 are restricted; contact the University Archivist for more information. Otherwise the collection is open for research. Materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

Ownership & Copyright

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Cite As

George Harmon Knoles Papers (SC0328). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

George Knoles was a distinguished professor of History at Stanford University. Dr. Knoles received two degrees from (then) College of the Pacific, an A.B. in 1928 and an M.A. in 1930. He joined Stanford as an instructor in history in 1937 and received his Ph.D. in history from Stanford in 1939. During World War II he was a Lieutenant in the Navy serving with the Pacific Fleet and in preparing Naval history after the War. In 1946 he rejoined Stanford rising to become Chairman of the History Department and the Margaret Bryrne Professor of American History before his retirement in 1972. Professor Knoles' field was American history. He has written extensively on American political, intellectual and cultural history, His major publications include The Presidential Campaign and Election of 1892, The Jazz Age Revisited, and The New United States: A History Since 1896. With fellow Professor Rixford Snyder he co-wrote Readings in Western Civilization, which was widely used in American universities in the study of western civilization. During 1950-52 and 1956, Professor Knoles went to Japan with a small group of Stanford professors to teach American history. In the years following he maintained many personal and professional relationships with Japanese scholars. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Japan in 1971. He was a popular teacher and established strong relationships with his students. These relationships with students continued after they left Stanford. Two of the many ways he served the University was as a speaker at alumni functions and as a field judge for Stanford Track Meets.

Scope and Content of Collection

Collection contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, lecture notes, syllabi, manuscripts, photographs, and other papers pertaining to Knoles' academic career at Stanford, Stanford's overseas campuses, particularly those in Japan, the Institute of American History, his publications, and his work with the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries. There is extensive correspondence with other historians and students. Correspondents include Harold W. Bradley, Rixford K. Snyder, Thomas A. Bailey, John Foster Dulles, Frank Friedel, John F. Kennedy, Michio Murayama, Allan Nevins, E. E. Robinson, Arnold Toynbee, Gordon Wright, William and Eleanor Bark, John Gange, J. E. W. Sterling, and Max Savelle. Also included are several files on student unrest at Stanford in the 1970s and an audiotape of John Dewey speaking on philosophy at Cooper Union, New York, December 7, 1941. The personal papers within the collection include extensive correspondence, 1920s-1994, his Naval logs and records, 1942-45, and his World War II letters, 1944-46.

Access Terms

Bradley, Harold Whitman.
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
Gange, John.
Robinson, Edgar Eugene, 1887-1977
Savelle, Max, 1896-
Snyder, Rixford K., (Rixford Kinney), 1908-
Stanford University. Dept. of History.
Stanford University. Institute of American History
Stanford University. Libraries. Associates
Phonotapes.
Photoprints.
Stanford-Tokyo University Seminars.
United States--History--Study and teaching.


Collection Contents

 

Accession ARCH-1985-097 Original Accession

Scope and Content Note

This accession includes administrative and professional correspondence, 1933-76; personal correspondence, 1930-76; course files; and Stanford-Tokyo Seminar records, 1961-68.
Box 1, Folder 1

University General 1937-1948

Box 1, Folder 2

University General 1949-1950

Box 1, Folder 3

University General 1951-1952

Box 1, Folder 4

University General 1953-1954

Box 1, Folder 5

University General 1955-1958

Box 1, Folder 6

University General 1959

Box 1, Folder 7

University General 1960

Box 1, Folder 8

University General 1961-1966

Box 1, Folder 9

University General 1967-1975

Box 1, Folder 10-12

Stanford-Tokyo Seminars 1950

Box 2, Folder 1-4

Stanford-Tokyo Seminars 1951

Box 2, Folder 5-6

Stanford-Tokyo Seminar Outlines 1952

Box 2, Folder 7-8

Stanford-Tokyo Seminar Correspondence 1952

Box 2, Folder 9

Stanford-Tokyo Seminars 1953-1954

Box 3, Folder 1

Stanford-Tokyo Seminars 1955-1968

Box 3, Folder 2-3

Keio-Stanford Summer Program 1962

Box 3, Folder 4

Stanford in England

Box 3, Folder 5

Stanford in France

Box 3, Folder 6-7

Professor Harold Bradley

Box 3, Folder 8-9

Professor Rixford Snyder

Box 3, Folder 10

Stanford Bookstore

Box 3, Folder 11

Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1947-1948

Box 4, Folder 1

Fulbright Japan

Box 4, Folder 2-8

Publishing-Henry Holt

Box 4, Folder 9

Publishing-Stanford University Press

Box 4, Folder 10

Illustrations for "Readings in Western Civilization"

Box 4, Folder 11-13

Publishing-Letters of Permission

Box 5, Folder 1-6

Publishing-Free Press

Box 5, Folder 7

Passages from Mark Twain

Box 5, Folder 8-11

Book Royalty Accounting

Box 6, Folder 1-2

History Course Outlines

Box 6, Folder 3-6

History Course Exams

Box 6, Folder 7-8

History Course Syllabus

Box 6, Folder 9

Lecture Notes

Box 7, Folder 1-3

American Studies Association

Box 7, Folder 4

International Center

Box 7, Folder 5-6

History Department 1933-1945

Box 7, Folder 7-9

History Department 1946-1947

Box 7, Folder 10-11

History Department 1948-1949

Box 7, Folder 12-14

History Department 1950-1952

Box 8, Folder 1-2

History Department 1953

Box 8, Folder 3-4

History Department 1954

Box 8, Folder 5-6

History Department 1955

Box 8, Folder 7-9

History Department 1956-1957

Box 8, Folder 10

History Department 1958

Box 8, Folder 11

History Department 1959

Box 8, Folder 12

History Department 1960

Box 8, Folder 13-14

History Department 1961-1962

Box 8, Folder 15-16

History Department 1963-1964

Box 9, Folder 1-2

History Department 1965-1967

Box 9, Folder 3-5

History Department 1968

Box 9, Folder 6-8

History Department 1969

Box 9, Folder 9

History Department 1970

Box 9, Folder 10-11

History Department 1971-1976

Box 9, Folder 12-13

Obituaries

Box 9, Folder 14

Miscellaneous

Box 9, Folder 15

Political Commentaries 1970's

Box 10, Folder 1-2

History of the US Navy Fleet Command 1941-1945

Box 10, Folder 3

US Naval History Program (WWII)

Box 10, Folder 4

Correspondence 1930-1940

Box 10, Folder 5

Correspondence 1941

Box 10, Folder 6-7

Correspondence 1942

Box 10, Folder 8-9

Correspondence 1943

Box 10, Folder 10

Correspondence 1944

Box 10, Folder 11

Correspondence 1945

Box 10, Folder 12

Correspondence 1946

Box 10, Folder 13-14

Correspondence 1947

Box 11, Folder 1

Correspondence 1948

Box 11, Folder 2

Correspondence 1949

Box 11, Folder 3-5

Correspondence 1950

Box 11, Folder 6-8

Correspondence 1951

Box 11, Folder 9-11

Correspondence 1952

Box 12, Folder 1-3

Correspondence 1953

Box 12, Folder 4-6

Correspondence 1954

Box 12, Folder 7-9

Correspondence 1955

Box 12, Folder 10

Correspondence 1956

Box 12, Folder 11-12

Correspondence 1957

Box 12, Folder 13

Correspondence 1958

Box 13, Folder 1

Correspondence 1959

Box 13, Folder 2

Correspondence 1960

Box 13, Folder 3

Correspondence 1961

Box 13, Folder 4

Correspondence 1962

Box 13, Folder 5

Correspondence 1963

Box 13, Folder 6

Correspondence 1964

Box 13, Folder 7

Correspondence 1965

Box 13, Folder 8

Correspondence 1966

Box 13, Folder 9

Correspondence 1967

Box 13, Folder 10

Correspondence 1968

Box 13, Folder 11

Correspondence 1969

Box 13, Folder 12

Correspondence 1970

Box 13, Folder 13

Correspondence 1971

Box 13, Folder 14

Correspondence 1972

Box 13, Folder 15

Correspondence 1973

Box 13, Folder 16

Correspondence 1974

Box 13, Folder 17

Correspondence 1975

Box 13, Folder 18

Correspondence 1976

 

Accession ARCH-1986-022 Additional Material

Scope and Content Note

This accession includes administrative and professional files, 1967-80, and material on student unrest at Stanford of the late 60s to early 70s.
Box 1, Folder 1

Black Student Issues

Box 1, Folder 2-4

Committee on Libraries

Box 1, Folder 5-6

Correspondence 1976-80

Box 1, Folder 7

David Potter - information re biography and bibliography

Box 1, Folder 8

David Potter - drafts of Knoles' bibliography of Potter's works

Box 1, Folder 9

H. Bruce Franklin: press releases, memos, clippings, 1971-72

Box 1, Folder 10

Historical Pamphlets, including E. E. Robinson's "Faith and the University" delivered at Stanford Aug. 3, 1941, 1941-72

Box 1, Folder 11-12

History Corner Dedication (1980)

Box 2, Folder 1

History Course Outline and Notes

Box 2, Folder 2-3

History of Western Civilization Course

Box 2, Folder 4

Inauguration of President Truman 1949

Box 2, Folder 5-6

Japan Fullbright

Box 2, Folder 7

Kalamazoo College Presidential Inauguration 1972

Box 2, Folder 8

Miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 9

Stanford-Keio Summer Exchange Report

Box 2, Folder 10

Student Unrest - AEL

Box 2, Folder 11

Student Unrest - Encina Hall

Box 3, Folder 1-3

Student Unrest - General

Box 3, Folder 4

Student Unrest - History Department

Box 3, Folder 5

Student Unrest - ROTC

Box 3, Folder 6

Student Unrest - SRI

Box 3, Folder 7-10

University 1967-72

Box 3, Folder 11

Audio tape: John Dewey on philosophy, Dec. 7, 1941

 

Accession ARCH-1998-045 Additional Material

Scope and Content Note

This accession includes correspondence files of the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries, 1975-87; and administrative files pertaining to university affairs, 1942-83.
Box 1, Folder 1

Associates of Stanford University Libraries, correspondence 1975-77

Box 1, Folder 2

Associates of Stanford University Libraries, correspondence 1978

Box 1, Folder 3

Associates of Stanford University Libraries, correspondence 1979-80

Box 1, Folder 4

Associates of Stanford University Libraries, programs 1978-79

Box 1, Folder 5

Associates of Stanford University Libraries, programs 1984

Box 1, Folder 6

Associates of Stanford University Libraries, programs 1985-87

Box 1, Folder 7

Pacific Coast Branch of AHA, Book Award Committee 1972-

Box 1, Folder 8

Stanford Historical Society

Box 1, Folder 9

Stanford-in-Germany 1972-73

Box 2, Folder 1

University affairs 1942-63

Box 2, Folder 2

University affairs 1965

Box 2, Folder 3

University affairs 1966-75

Box 2, Folder 4

University affairs 1976-80

Box 2, Folder 5

University affairs 1981-83

 

Accession ARCH-2002-292 Additional Material

Scope and Content Note

This accession includes extensive personal correspondence, 1920s-94; correspondence and military papers from his World War II service, 1942-46; files pertaining to the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries, 1974-82; and an album and photographs from the Tokyo-Stanford Seminars, 1950-60.
 

Correspondence, 1920-1994

Box 1, Folder 1

Bark, William and Eleanor 1941-44

Box 1, Folder 2

Bark, William and Eleanor 1952-81

Box 1, Folder 3

Bradley, Harold 1942-44

Box 1, Folder 4

Bradley, Harold 1957-81

Box 1, Folder 5

Dockstader, Fred 1941-42

Box 1, Folder 6

Gange, John 1937-78

Box 1, Folder 7

Hawaii Loa College 1971-82

Box 1, Folder 8

Robinson, E. E. 1945-66

Box 1, Folder 9

Savelle, Max 1941-47

Box 1, Folder 10

Savelle, Max 1953-79

Box 1, Folder 11

Snyder, Rixford 1942-45

Box 1, Folder 12

Snyder, Rixford 1946-52

Box 1, Folder 13

Snyder, Rixford 1954-80

Box 1, Folder 14

Sterling, Wally 1942-48

Box 1, Folder 15

Trent, Ted 1937-43

Box 1, Folder 16

Trent, Ted and Ruth 1946-53

Box 1, Folder 17

Trent, Ted and Ruth 1954-80

Box 1, Folder 18

Personal correspondence and memorabilia 1920s

Box 1, Folder 19

Personal correspondence and memorabilia 1930-32

Box 1, Folder 20

Personal correspondence and memorabilia 1933-35

Box 1, Folder 21

Personal correspondence 1936

Box 1, Folder 22

Personal correspondence 1937

Box 1, Folder 23

Personal correspondence 1938

Box 2, Folder 1

Personal correspondence 1939-40

Box 2, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1941

Box 2, Folder 3

Personal correspondence 1942 Jan. - June

Box 2, Folder 4

Personal correspondence 1942 July - Dec.

Box 2, Folder 5

Personal correspondence 1943

Box 2, Folder 6

Personal correspondence 1944

Box 2, Folder 7

Personal correspondence 1945

Box 2, Folder 8

Personal correspondence 1946

Box 2, Folder 9

Personal correspondence 1947

Box 2, Folder 10

Personal correspondence 1948

Box 2, Folder 11

Personal correspondence 1949

Box 2, Folder 12

Personal correspondence 1950 Jan. - July

Box 2, Folder 13

Personal correspondence 1950 Aug. - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 1

Personal correspondence 1951 Jan. - July

Box 3, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1951 Aug. - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 3

Personal correspondence 1952 Jan. - July

Box 3, Folder 4

Personal correspondence 1952 Aug. - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 5

Personal correspondence 1953

Box 3, Folder 6

Personal correspondence 1954 Jan. - July

Box 3, Folder 7

Personal correspondence 1954 Aug. - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 8

Personal correspondence 1955 Jan. - May

Box 3, Folder 9

Personal correspondence 1955 June - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 10

Personal correspondence 1956 Jan. - June

Box 3, Folder 11

Personal correspondence 1956 July - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 12

Personal correspondence 1957 Jan. - May

Box 3, Folder 13

Personal correspondence 1957 June - Dec.

Box 3, Folder 14

Personal correspondence 1958

Box 3, Folder 15

Personal correspondence 1959

Box 4, Folder 1

Personal correspondence 1960

Box 4, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1961-62

Box 4, Folder 3

Personal correspondence 1963

Box 4, Folder 4

Personal correspondence 1964

Box 4, Folder 5

Personal correspondence 1965

Box 4, Folder 6

Personal correspondence 1966-67

Box 4, Folder 7

Personal correspondence 1968-69

Box 4, Folder 8

Personal correspondence 1970-71

Box 4, Folder 9

Personal correspondence 1972

Box 4, Folder 10

Personal correspondence 1973

Box 4, Folder 11

Personal correspondence 1974

Box 4, Folder 12

Personal correspondence 1975

Box 4, Folder 13

Personal correspondence 1976

Box 4, Folder 14

Personal correspondence 1977 Jan. - April

Box 4, Folder 15

Personal correspondence 1977 May - Dec.

Box 4, Folder 16

Personal correspondence 1978

Box 4, Folder 17

Personal correspondence 1979

Box 4, Folder 18

Personal correspondence 1980

Box 5, Folder 1

Personal correspondence 1981

Box 5, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1982 Jan. - June

Box 5, Folder 3

Personal correspondence 1982 July - Dec.

Box 5, Folder 4

Personal correspondence 1983 Jan. - June

Box 5, Folder 5

Personal correspondence 1983 July - Dec.

Box 5, Folder 6

Personal correspondence 1984 Jan. - June

Box 5, Folder 7

Personal correspondence 1984 July - Dec.

Box 5, Folder 8

Personal correspondence 1985 Jan. - April

Box 5, Folder 9

Personal correspondence 1985 May - Oct.

Box 5, Folder 10

Personal correspondence 1985 Nov. - Dec.

Box 5, Folder 11

Personal correspondence 1986 Jan. - May

Box 6, Folder 1

Personal correspondence 1986 June - Dec.

Box 6, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1987

Box 6, Folder 3

Personal correspondence 1988 Jan. - May

Box 6, Folder 4

Personal correspondence 1988 June - Dec.

Box 6, Folder 5

Personal correspondence 1989 Jan. - Aug.

Box 6, Folder 6

Personal correspondence 1989 Sept. - Dec.

Box 6, Folder 7

Personal correspondence 1990

Box 6, Folder 8

Personal correspondence 1991 Jan. - May

Box 6, Folder 9

Personal correspondence 1991 June - Dec.

Box 6, Folder 10

Personal correspondence 1992

Box 6, Folder 11

Personal correspondence 1993

Box 6, Folder 12

Personal correspondence 1994 Jan. - July

Box 6, Folder 13

Personal correspondence 1994 Aug. - Dec.

Box 6, Folder 14

Personal correspondence undated

 

World War II records and correspondence, 1942-1946

Box 7, Folder 1

Navy - official papers 1944-45

Box 7, Folder 2

Navy - logs kept by Knoles 1945

Box 7, Folder 3

Navy - photos

Box 7, Folder 4

Navy - official records envelope

Box 7, Folder 5

Navy - correspondence 1942-44

Box 7, Folder 6

World War II letters 1944

Box 7, Folder 7

World War II letters 1945 Jan. - April

Box 7, Folder 8

World War II letters 1945 April - May

Box 7, Folder 9

World War II letters 1945 June - July

Box 7, Folder 10

World War II letters 1945 Aug. - Oct.

Box 7, Folder 11

World War II letters, Pearl Harbor 1945 Dec. - 1946 Mar.

Box 7, Folder 12

World War II, Hawaii, memorabilia

 

Personal and miscellaneous papers, 1915-1985

Box 7, Folder 13

Borel Collection: correspondence and documents 1980-85

Box 7, Folder 14

Notes of auto trip to California by Barker family 1915

Box 7, Folder 15

Personal financial records 1980

Box 7, Folder 16

Personal, miscellaneous

Box 7, Folder 18

Photographs 1928-1980

Box 7, Folder 18

Stanford ephemera

Box 7, Folder 19

Ephemera, non-Stanford

 

Associates of the Stanford University Libraries (ASUL), 1974-1983

Box 8, Folder 1

ASUL correspondence etc. 1975-76

Box 8, Folder 2

ASUL Colin Franklin on mezzotints 1976

Box 8, Folder 3

ASUL correspondence: Yosemite and John Muir 1976

Box 8, Folder 4

ASUL correspondence etc. 1977

Box 8, Folder 5

ASUL William F. Barlow on book collecting 1977

Box 8, Folder 6

ASUL correspondence etc. 1978-79

Box 8, Folder 7

ASUL programs 1977-78

Box 8, Folder 8

ASUL programs 1976-77

Box 8, Folder 9

ASUL programs 1975-76

Box 8, Folder 10

ASUL programs 1974-75

Box 8, Folder 11

ASUL Steinbeck programs

Box 8, Folder 12-13

ASUL W. Morris tour 1980

Box 8, Folder 14

ASUL records 1974-75

Box 8, Folder 15

ASUL records 1976

Box 8, Folder 16

ASUL records 1977

Box 9, Folder 1

ASUL records 1978

Box 9, Folder 2

ASUL records 1979

Box 9, Folder 3

ASUL records 1980-82

Box 9, Folder 4

ASUL membership lists

Box 9, Folder 5

ASUL Sacramento tour 1976-77

Box 9, Folder 6-8

ASUL program file 1975-78

Box 9, Folder 9

ASUL Southern California excursion 1979

Box 10, Folder 1-2

ASUL Southern California excursion 1979

Box 10, Folder 3

ASUL records 1982

Box 10, Folder 4-7

ASUL English library tour 1978

Box 10, Folder 8

ASUL records 1979-80

Box 10, Folder 9

ASUL records 1981

Box 10, Folder 10

ASUL records 1982

Box 10, Folder 11

ASUL records 1983

Box 10, Folder 12

ASUL ephemera

 

Tokyo-Stanford University Seminars, 1950-1960

Box 11, Folder 1

Album signed by Japanese students 1950

Box 11, Folder 2

Photos from album 1950

Box 11, Folder 3

Pamphlets from album (Kokichi Mikimoto and His Pearls; The Constitution of Japan)

Box 11, Folder 4

"To our teacher, Prof. George H. Knoles" - card signed by students 1952

Box 11, Folder 5

Photographs 1950-51

Box 11, Folder 6-7

Photographs 1952

Box 11, Folder 8

Photographs 1956, 1960

Box 11, Folder 9

Tokyo-Stanford University Seminars in American Studies (bound copy of Issue No. 4 of The Bulletin of the Center for American Studies of the University of Tokyo), 1981

 

Accessions 1985-097 and 1986-022 Restricted Files

Box 1

Letters of recommendation 1937-1980

Box 2

Letters of recommendation