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C. Vann Woodward papers

Call Number: MS 1436
Scope and Contents
The C. Vann Woodward papers are a rich resource for studying the professonal life of one of the leading twentieth century American historians and the evolution of the teaching and writing of the history of the South during his lifetime. The arrangement of the papers into six series corresponds to groups of materials as they were found in Woodward's home. The heart (and majority) of the collection consists of correspondence and writings. From the correspondence the reseacher gains an understanding of the thought process that went into Woodward's approach to studying, writing, and teaching history. It also documents the collegial world of criticism that Woodward so highly valued. Woodward's friends, colleagues, and acquaintances included the leading lights in the history profession. Through letters that combined "candor with civility" they critiqued and commented on his research and writings, and he did the same for them. His relationships with his graduate students, as mentor directing pioneering research into new aspects of Southern history, professional colleague, and friend, is well documented in his letters to and from them. Of particular value in the Writing series are a number of unpublished short writings on a range of topics.

There is only scattered documentation of Woodward's involvement in the civil rights movement and its location is noted in the various series descriptions. There are photographs of him in the Writings series (Books - Mary Chesnut's Civil War- Photographs) and in the Personal series (Photographs, and Portrait unveiling).
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research. Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies. Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by C. Vann Woodward has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other 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 C. Vann Woodward, 1993 and 1995; gift of Susan L. Woodward, 2000; gift of Charles Joyner, 2005.
Arranged in six series and two additions: I. Correspondence, 1926-2000. II. Writings, 1935-1998. III. Subject files, 1947-1997. IV. Research files, 1873-1960. V. Yale, 1944-1997. VI. Personal, 1804-2000.
Majority of material found within 1804 - 2000
40.26 Linear Feet (97 boxes)
2493.54 Megabytes
Related Names
Woodward, C. Vann (Comer Vann), 1908-1999
Language of Materials