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William Huse Dunham, Jr. papers

Call Number: MS 856

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of portions of personal and professional correspondence selected by William H. Dunham, Jr., and given to Yale University in 1974. Included are letters exchanged with American and European scholars, Yale faculty and administrators (especially those connected with the History Department), professional societies, publishers and editors of Dunham's writings, federal and state political figures, the C.I.A. (for which Dunham worked as a consultant in the 1950s), and friends and acquaintances. Among the papers are also newspaper clippings, printed matter, photographs, and financial papers. Subjects of discussion include Dunham's research and writing, other professional activities, particularly in connection with his position as professor and department chairman at Yale, and his political and social activities. Correspondents with whom there is a substantial amount of correspondence include Joseph T. Curtis, Lewis P. Curtis, K. Howard Drake, Wallace Notestein, George Pierson, Frederick Bernays Wiener, and Louis Booker Wright. There is also a file of letters of recommendation written for students and faculty members between 1956 and 1961.

The correspondence has been roughly sorted alphabetically by author, but is otherwise completely unprocessed.


  • 1952-1973


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William H. Dunham, Jr., 1974.


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence relating to Dunham's research and writing as a professor of history and chairman of the department at Yale University and his political activity as a consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency. Correspondents include Joseph T. Curtis, Lewis Perry Curtis, K. Harvard Drake, Wallace Notestein, George Wilson Pierson, Frederick Bernays Weiner, and Louis Booker Wright.

Biographical / Historical

William Huse Dunham received his B.A. from Yale in 1923, and his Ph.D. in 1929. He was an instructor in history at Yale from 1925-1930, an assistant professor from 1930-1940, an associate professor from 1940-1946, a professor from 1946-1948, the George Burton Adams Professor of History from 1948-1970, and the George Burton Adams Professor of History Emeritusfrom 1970 onward.

Preliminary Guide to the William Huse Dunham, Jr. Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
July 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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