David Herbert Donald papers

Abstract

The David Herbert Donald papers (dated 1966-1969, undated; 6 boxes; 2 cubic feet) consist of drafts and manuscripts for Donald's history monographs.

Descriptive Summary

Title
David Herbert Donald papers
Date
1966-1969, undated (inclusive)
Extent
2 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Bibliographies.
Historians.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Lucille Sell Mangum
Preferred Citation
62m86: [identification of item], David Herbert Donald papers, 1966-1969, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
David Herbert Donald was born 1920, in Goodman, Mississippi, and was the son of a farmer and a school teacher. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and sociology at Milsaps College in Jackson, Tennessee. Donald then pursued and received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He became the renowned Lincoln scholar, James G. Randall's protege and was encouraged to publish works on the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. Donald received two Pulitzer Prizes in Biography for Charles Sumner and the Coming Civil War (1960) and Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe (1988). Perhaps his best-known book is the 1995 work, Lincoln. David H. Donald also taught at many colleges and universities including Columbia University, Smith College, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Oxford University. He married a fellow historian and publisher at Harvard University Press, Aida DiPace. David H. Donald died in 2009 in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Sources:
Clinton, Catherine, "IN MEMORIAM: DAVID HERBERT DONALD (1920-2009)", Perspectives in History: The newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, 2009 September 1, https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/september-2009/in-memoriam-david-herbert-donald, accessed 2021 January 13.
Grimes, David Herbert, "David Herbert Donald, Writer on Lincoln, Dies at 88", The New York Times, 2009 May 19, https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/books/19donald.html, accessed 2021 January 13.
Scope and Content
The David Herbert Donald papers (dated 1966-1969, undated; 6 boxes; 2 cubic feet) consist of drafts and manuscripts for Donald's history monographs. The collection contains the manuscript and the revised bibliography for Civil War and Reconstruction. The original version written by James G. Randall was published in 1937 and was considered the best textbook on the United States Civil War. In Donald's introduction he discusses the need for revision and stated that the second was less sympathetic to the Confederate South. In 1991, a third edition was published by David H. Donald, Jean Harvey Baker, and Michael F. Hurt. The collection also included manuscripts for Politics of Reconstruction and Nation in Crisis.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Civil War and Reconstruction manuscript, undated

  • Box 1
  • Box LITMSS-15
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Civil War and Reconstruction manuscript and revised bibliography, 1969

  • Box 2
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Revised bibliography, 1969

  • Box 3
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Revised bibliography, 1969

  • Box 4
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Politics of Reconstruction manuscript, 1966

  • Box LITMSS-17
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Nation in Crisis manuscript, 1969

  • Box LITMSS-17
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