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COLLECTION Identifier: HUGB L145.xx

William Leonard Langer writings and publications

Overview

William Leonard Langer (1896-1977), a historian, was the Archibald Cary Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. His work focused on modern European history, the history of international relations, and American diplomacy. The writings and publications in this collection document William Leonard Langer's academic contributions to international politics and diplomacy from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Dates

  • 1920s-1970s

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

.68 cubic feet (2 volumes, 1 document box, 1 pamphlet binder, 1 accordion folder)

The writings and publications in this collection document William Leonard Langer's academic contributions to international politics and diplomacy from the 1920s to the 1970s. Langer's discussions of modern European history, international relations, American diplomacy, and foreign affairs are included. Additionally, the collection contains Langer's self-published autobiography Up from the Ranks: The Autobiography of William L. Langer (1975) and his published autobiography In and Out of the Ivory Tower: The Autobiography of William L. Langer (1977). Langer's curriculum vitae and a United States Government Personnel Security Questionnaire and Personal History Statement, which provide a limited amount of personal information, are also included in the collection.

Biographical note on William Leonard Langer

William Leonard Langer (1896-1977), a historian, was the Archibald Cary Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. His work focused on modern European history, the history of international relations, and American diplomacy. Langer taught at Worcester Academy (1915-1917) and Clark University as an assistant professor (1927-1931) and associate professor (1925-1927). He joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 1927, subsequently becoming an associate professor (1931-1936), Archibald Coolidge Professor of History (1936-1964), and emeritus in 1964. Langer wrote and edited works covering a wide range of topics on international politics and diplomacy. Some of his best-known works are Political and Social Upheaval: 1832-1852 (1969), Explorations in Crisis: Papers on International History (1969), and The Challenge to Isolation, 1937-1940 (1952). Langer was also the editor of An Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged (1940) and the 20-volume series, The Rise of Modern Europe.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into four series:

  1. General folder, 1935-1960
  2. Reprints and pamphlets, 1920s-1970s
  3. Up from the Ranks: The Autobiography of William L. Langer, 1975
  4. In and Out of the Ivory Tower: The Autobiography of William L. Langer,1977

Acquisition Information

Specific acquisition information, when available, is noted at the series level.

  1. Gift of William L. Langer, 1975 December 3; Accession 7769.
  2. Gift of William L. Langer, 1977 April 13; Accession 8095.

Related Material

In the Harvard University Archives

  1. Papers of William Leonard Langer, 1912-1991 (HUGFP 19.xx)
  2. A collection of news clippings and reprints by William Leonard Langer, 1926-1964 (HUH 512) http://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/990058953370203941/catalog
  3. Photographs of William Leonard Langer are contained in the Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, approximately 1852-approximately 2004 (HUP): https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hua04006/catalog
  4. William L. Langer self-published autobiography and reprint on infanticide, 1974-1975 (HUY 234) http://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/99155775583903941/catalog

Processing Information

This finding aid was created in September 2021 by Dominic P. Grandinetti.

Dates and titles supplied by the archivist appear in brackets.

Alma ID

99155775556103941

Title
Langer, William L (William Leonard), 1896-1977. William Leonard Langer writings and publications, 1920s-1970s: an inventory
Description rules
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Language of description
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EAD ID
hua74021

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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