Daniel Aaron papers
Papers of Daniel Aaron.
- circa 1774-2015
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The following items are restricted; consult curatorial staff:
(190); (348); (674); (1049); (1343)8)
There are no restrictions on physical access to the remainder of this collection.
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Extent125 linear feet (125 boxes)
The bulk of the collection consists of subject files related to the following: the Library of America; the rise and development of American studies as an academic discipline; Aaron's research and writing on Edmund Wilson; research on and publication of the diary of Arthur Crew Inman. A major strength of Aaron's papers consists of his voluminous correspondence, chiefly incoming. Numerous drafts and copies of reviews written by Aaron are extant; however, there is not a great deal in terms of drafts of his major works. The collection also contains autobiographical material and photographs.
Biographical / Historical
Born in Chicago in 1912, Daniel Aaron attended graduate school at Harvard University where he was one of the first to earn a doctorate in American studies at that institution. He subsequently taught at and was director of the American studies program at Smith College from 1939 to 1969, and returned to teach at Harvard in 1971. His major works include the following: Men of good hope : a story of American progressives 1951; America in crisis : fourteen crucial episodes in American history 1952; Writers on the Left : episodes in American literary communism 1961; Cincinnati : queen city of the west, 1819-1838 1967; The unwritten war : American writers and the Civil War 1973; American notes : selected essays 1994; The Americanist 2007. In addition to editing the correspondence of literary critic Edmund Wilson and an abridged version of the diary of Arthur Crew Inman he was instrumental in founding the Library of America a publishing house dedicated to producing scholarly editions of the works of major American literary and historical figures. He has also written numerous articles, essays, and book reviews.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Diaries
- II. Correspondence
- III. Subject files and compositions
Aaron's original folders have been retained, and folder titles as written by him have been used in this finding aid. Illegible text has been so noted; folders and other material lacking a title have been marked "untitled" by the cataloger. Date ranges have been supplied for each folder by the cataloger. NB: Correspondence files may contain some research material, and subject files may contain some correspondence.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2006M-58; 2007M-16; 2008M-70; 2013M-4; 2014M-124; 2015M-130. Gift of Daniel Aaron; received: 2006-2016.
Processed by: Michael W. Austin
- Aaron, Daniel, 1912-2016. Daniel Aaron papers, circa 1774-2015: Guide.
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