Howard Roberts Lamar papers
Scope and Contents
The Howard Roberts Lamar papers document the research, writing, teaching, and administrative activities of Yale history professor Howard Lamar from the 1940s through 2010s. Included in the papers are manuscript drafts of books, articles, speeches, and book reviews; lecture notes for history courses he taught at Yale and other universities; topical and personal files; and correspondence. Project proposals, scripts, research material, production files, photographs, and films document the "Westering" film project which Lamar co-developed in the 1970s.
- 1911 - 2018
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Cold Storage 31-98 (film reels): Restricted fragile material. Consult the Beinecke Library Access Services department for additional information.
Boxes 20-21 and 109-119: Restricted until 2035. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Box 22: Restricted until 2064. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Box 120: Restricted until 2020. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Boxes 121-122: Restricted until 2075. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Box 123 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Copies of electronic files disks #4-21 from Box 99 are available through Access Services.
Box 124 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 221(audiovisual material and computer media): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 192: Restricted until 2039. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
The Howard Roberts Lamar Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Howard Roberts Lamar, 1994, 2002, 2010, 2012, and 2019, and Yale University Press, 1957.
The collection is organized into seven groupings: I. February 1957 acquisition, 1956. II. June 1994 acquisition, 1942-1993. III. July 2002 acquisition, 1969-1979. IV. August 2010 acquisition, 1942-2000. V. December 2010 acquisition, 1985 - 1995. VI. June 2012 acquisition, 2000 - 2011. VII. January 2019 acquisition, 1911-2018.
91.37 Linear Feet ((152 boxes) + 2 broadside folders, 68 film reels)
Language of Materials
The Howard Roberts Lamar papers document the research, writing, teaching, and administrative activities of Yale history professor Howard Lamar from the 1940s through 2000. Included in the papers are manuscript drafts of books, articles, speeches, and book reviews; lecture notes for the history courses he taught at Yale and other universities; topical and personal files; and correspondence. Project proposals, scripts, research material, production files, photographs, and films document the "Westering" film project which Lamar co-developed in the 1970s.
Howard Roberts Lamar, 1923-2023
Howard Roberts Lamar, historian of the trans-Mississippi West, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1923. He received a B.A. from Emory University in 1944, and a Masters (1945) and Ph.d. (1951) in History from Yale University. He was an instructor at the University of Massachusetts and Wesleyan University between 1945 and 1949, and taught at Yale from 1949 to 1994. He held a number of administrative positions at Yale including chair of the Department of History 1962-1963 and 1967-1970, Dean of the College 1979-1985, and President of the University 1992-1993. He was Sterling Professor Emeritus of American History at Yale. The Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University was established in his honor. Lamar died on February 22, 2023.
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This collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition in 1957, 1994, and 2002. Further organization, rehousing and/or description was carried out in 2010. The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as Uncat WA MS Lamar, Uncat WA MS 177, and Uncat MSS 403. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, according to month and year of acquisition.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Audiovisual materials
- Born digital
- History -- Study and teaching -- United States
- Lamar, Howard Roberts
- Motion pictures (visual works)
- Photographic prints
- Sound recordings
- West (U.S.) -- History
- Yale University -- Curricula
- Yale University -- Faculty
- Yale University. Department of History
- Guide to the Howard Roberts Lamar Papers
- by Susan Brady
- June 2010
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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