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Register of the Van Alstyne (Richard W.) Papers, 1932-1982
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Description
The Van Alstyne Papers contain correspondence (1932-1982); book, article and review manuscripts; samples of lectures and other teaching materials; and, memorabilia. Van Alstyne's correspondants include: Charles Beard; Ray Allen Billington; Henry Cabot Lodge; Hans Morgenthau; Earl Pomeroy; Abraham Nasatir; Allan Nevins; Barbara Tuchman and many other distinguished American historians.
Background
Following receipt of a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University (1928), Richard Van Alstyne (1900-1983) taught for seventeen years at Chico State University. In 1945 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he taught for twenty more years. After a year-long fellowship at the Huntington Library, Van Alstyne came to the University of the Pacific as Distinguished Professor of History, a post he held until his death. Long recognized as a leading scholar in the field of American Diplomatic History, Van Alstyne also maintained a keen interest in the development of American Nationalism. His principal works include: "American Diplomacy in Action" (1944); "American Crisis Diplomacy" (1952); "The Rising American Empire" (1960); "Empire and Independence" (1965); and, "The Genesis of American Nationalism" (1970).
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Collection is open for research.