Barbour (Phillip Lemont) (1898-1980) collection, 1626-1980

Descriptive Summary

Barbour (Phillip Lemont) (1898-1980) collection, 1626-1980
Barbour, Phillip Lemont, 1898-1980
30 linear ft.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Phillip Lemont Barbour was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and became a historian of the American colonial period. He was particularly known for his works on Captain John Smith (1580-1631) and the Jamestown voyages, including The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith (1964) and Pocahontas and Her World (1970). He also translated Pushkin's (1799-1837) Boris Godunov (1953) and wrote a biography Dimitry, called the Pretender , Tsar and Great Prince of all Russia, 1605-1606. Barbour played a key role in the creation of Radio Free Europe, using his fluency in fourteen languages for research and broadcasting. Barbour's collections of books, maps and documents in various languages, particularly Russian and Slavic languages, photographs and memorabilia, along with his research notes, manuscripts, and galleys, focus on the settlement of North American and on Russian and European history. His files also include extensive notes on the languages of the indigenous peoples of North America.