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Guide to the Charles S. Sydnor Papers, 1729-1978and undated

Collection Overview

The Charles S. Sydnor Papers roughly span the period 1729-1978, the bulk dated 1923 to 1954. They include correspondence, research notes, writings, printed materials, and clippings, chiefly relating to Sydnor's teaching career at Duke University, as well as at Harvard and Queen's College, Oxford. The collection also includes information about his involvement with various historical associations and committees, including the American Historical Association, Southern Historical Association, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, and the Advisory Committee of the Office of the Chief of Military History for the United States Army. There is background information pertaining to his various writings, including The Development of Southern Sectionalism (Volume V of the work A History of the South) (Baton Rouge, La., 1948), Gentleman Freeholders: Political Practices in Washington's Virginia (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1952), A Gentleman of the Old Natchez Region: Benjamin L. C. Wailes (Durham, N.C., 1938), Mississippi History (New York, N.Y., 1930), and Slavery in Mississippi (New York, N.Y., 1933). The papers contain notes and examinations for various history courses taught by Sydnor, student roll books, grade books, and papers. Additionally, there are a few notebooks and papers of Sydnor's while he was a student.

Materials relating to Sydnor's teaching career and participation in historical associations are found primarily in the Alphabetical Files Series and the Teaching Files Series. The information about Queen's College, University of Oxford, is located in the Alphabetical Files Series under Oxford. Information pertaining to his writings are found in the Writings and Speeches Series. Sydnor's own student notebooks and papers are found in the Miscellaneous Series. Topics highlighted include the Duke University Department of History during the late 1930s through the early 1950s, (Alphabetical Files Series); the writing and teaching of Southern history, particularly Mississippi history, (Writings and Speeches Series and Teaching Files Series); and the naturalist and planter, Benjamin L. C. Wailes (Writings and Speeches Series). A related collection in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the Benjamin L. C. Wailes Papers.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Charles S. Sydnor papers 1729-1978 and undated
Creator
Sydnor, Charles S., 1898-1954
Extent
14.8 linear feet, circa 11,159 items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Includes correspondence, clippings, memoranda, and printed materials. Within this series are letters and documents which pertain to Sydnor's teaching posts at Duke University and elsewhere, his tenure as chairman of the History Department at Duke University, and his involvement in various professional societies. Also included are materials which document Sydnor's role as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Office of Chief of Military History for the United States Army. Arranged alphabetically by either correspondent or subject.

A, 1936-1954
Box 1
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1952, Mar. 17-April 8
Box 1
American History Abroad--Oxford, 1951, May 17-July 13
Box 1
Programs, 1927-1951
(3 folders)
Box 1
Andrews Raiders, 1906, Sept. 18-20
Box 1
B, 1927-1954, June, undated
(5 folders)
Box 1
Bancroft Prize (John Krout), 1953, Aug.-1954, Mar.
Box 1
Boyd, William K., 1938-1941, undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Brown family, 1929-1954
Box 1
C, 1926-1956
(5 folders)
Box 1
1927-1955
Box 2
Funeral, obituaries, Dr. Sydnor, 1954
Box 2
Columbia University, 1954-1955
Box 2
Commonwealth Fund, Sir Hector Hetheringtion, 1952, Oct. 1
Box 2
Condolence messages, Dr. Sydnor's death, 1954
(3 folders)
Box 2
Converse College, 1953
Box 2
Cornell class roll, 1941
Box 2
D, 1926-1953
(3 folders)
Box 2
Dancy Foundation Lectures Program, 1939
Box 2
1942-1953
(2 folders)
Box 2
Honorary Degree (clippings), 1953
Box 2
Duke University Church, Committee Reports, 1951
Box 2
Academic salary data, 1953
Box 2
Application, appointment, and report forms, 1947-1953, undated
Box 2
Catalogue material for 1953-1954, submitted 1952, Nov.
Box 2
Class census reports, history, 1952, Fall-1953, Fall
(3 folders)
Box 2
Department conference and officers, 1952
Box 2
1952, Oct. 14
Box 2
1953, Jan. 8
Box 2
Diplomatic history, faculty position for, 1952
Box 2
Edens, A. Hollis, 1949-1953
Box 2
Faculty, staff, course schedules, and office arrangements, 1951-1953
Box 2
Graduate bulletin material, 1952, April
Box 2
Graduate fellowships at Duke, publication of theses, 1952-1954
Box 2
Graduate programs of students not majoring with Sydnor, 1949-1953
Box 2
Graduate school, 1938-1953
Box 2
Gross, Paul, Letters to and from about policy in history graduate programs, 1949-1950
Box 2
History majors in Trinity College, 1953, Fall
Box 2
Preparing Graduate Students for College Teaching, 1951-1952
Box 2
Research topics, thesis subjects, undated
Box 2
Miscellaneous, 1952-1954
Box 2
Duke University Library, 1951-1953
Box 2
Duke University Library Council, 1939-1950
Box 2
1937-1954
(3 folders)
Box 2
Carnegie Foundation, 1948-1950
Box 2
E, 1940-1951
Box 3
English-Speaking Union, 1950-1951
Box 3
F, 1933-1952
Box 3
Ferrell, Robert H., 1952
Box 3
Fleming, Walter Lynwood, lectures, programs, 1938-1949
Box 3
Fulbright program, 1950-1951, undated
Box 3
G, 1923-1953, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Gauhati University, Assam, India, 1951-1954, undated
Box 3
Glasgow, University of, 1950-1951, undated
Box 3
Green, Edward R. R., 1953
Box 3
H, 1936-1969, undated
(4 folders)
Box 3
Hampden-Sydney College Alumni Fund, 1953, undated
Box 3
1951-1952, undated
Box 3
Housing, 1952
Box 3
Historical Society of North Carolina, 1945-1953, undated
Box 3
Home: Oxford, Miss., 1928, undated
Box 3
I, 1934-1952, undated
Box 3
Income tax, 1918-1930
Box 3
J, 1926-1954
Box 3
Jameson, R. D., Library of Congress, 1940
Box 3
Johns Hopkins University, 1922-1923
Box 3
Jordan, Charles E., 1949-1952, undated
Box 3
K, 1925-1954, undated
Box 3
Kearns Fellows Homecoming, 1953
Box 3
L, 1920-1954, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Laprade, W. T., 1950-1953
Box 3
Library of Congress: Grant in Aid, 1945-1946
Box 3
M, 1925-1954
(2 folders)
Box 4
Mc, 1919-1972
(2 folders)
Box 4
Mississippi, 1935-1947
Box 4
Mississippi Conference Historical Society, 1935
Box 4
Mississippi Historical Society, Biloxi, Miss., 1953-1954
Box 4
Mississippi Valley Historical Society: Programs, 1937-1947
Box 4
Montgomery, Isaiah T., 1929-1937; undated
Box 4
Morrison, Samuel Eliot, History as a Literary Art, undated
Box 4
N, 1935-1953
Box 4
Nobel Peace Prize, 1953
Box 4
North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1948-1952
Box 4
O, 1929-1952
Box 4
Oxford, University of, and England: Miscellaneous, 1950-1951, undated
Box 4
Oxford, University of: Addresses about, notes for, 1953-1954, undated
Box 4
Oxford, University of: Beloff, Max, 1950-1951
Box 4
Oxford, University of: Correspondence, 1950-1951
Box 4
1950-1953
(2 folders)
Box 4
Class rolls and notes, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, 1950
Box 4
Registrar, provost, 1950
Box 4
Miscellaneous, 1948-1951
Box 4
P, 1930-1953
(2 folders)
Box 4
Phi Beta Kappa, 1939-1940, undated
Box 4
Pogue, Forrest C., 1951-1952
Box 4
Presbyterian Church, 1922-1954
Box 4
Presbyterian Church in the United States: Board of Education, 1946-1952
Box 5
Presbyterian Church, First (Durham, N.C.), 1948-1954
(2 folders)
Box 5
Presbyterian Church Youth Literature, 1943-1946, undated
Box 5
Princeton Conference of Historians, 1953, Oct. 30-31
Box 5
Princeton University: Honorary degree, 1953
Box 5
Q, 1940-1952
Box 5
R, 1930-1959
(3 folders)
Box 5
S, 1931-1956
(6 folders)
Box 5
1941-1953, undated
(2 folders)
Box 5
Fulbright grant, 1949-1950, undated
Box 5
Huntington Library, 1949, undated
Box 5
Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1950-1952, undated
Box 5
Scotland, 1951, undated
Box 5
Simon, F. E., A Scientist Looks at America, 1950-1951
Box 5
Social Science Research Council, 1939-1953, undated
Box 5
Southern Historical Association: 1934-1952, undated
(4 folders)
Box 5
Southern Historical Association: Programs, 1934-1951
Box 6
Southwestern Social Science Association: Programs, 1932
Box 6
Sydnor family genealogy, 1862-1952
Box 6
T, 1934-1953
Box 6
Theses written under the direction of Charles S. Sydnor: List of early theses written at Duke, 1937-1953, undated
Box 6
1952-1954
Box 6
Publications, 1950-1953
Box 6
U, 1932-1948
Box 6
United Educators, 1934-1936
Box 6
United States Army addresses and notes, 1944, undated
Box 6
United States Army History, 1953, Feb.-Aug.
Box 6
United States Department of Education, 1952-1953
Box 6
United States. Department of the Army. Office of Military History, 1949-1953
(3 folders)
Box 6
University of Chattanooga, Phi Beta Kappa, 1935, Dec.
Box 6
University of Michigan, 1940
Box 6
University of Mississippi, 1927-1954
(2 folders)
Box 6
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Summer School, 1949
Box 6
V, 1926-1952
Box 6
W, 1925-1954
(2 folders)
Box 6
Washington and Lee University, 1947-1949
Box 6
Williams, William A., 1952
Box 6
Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1950-1953
(4 folders)
Box 6
The Candidates, 1949
Box 6
World Book Encyclopedia, 1941-1947
Box 6
X-Z, 1934-1958
Box 6

Includes research materials and notes, as well as drafts and off-prints, which document the development of Sydnor's published works and addresses. Included are notes and drafts for Gentleman Freeholders: Political Practices in Washington's Virginia, and The Development of Southern Sectionalism, 1819-1849. A handwritten duplicate of a document, signed by James Madison on April 18, 1810, certifying the appointment of Levin Wailes as the Register for the Land Office of the United States for the western part of the Orleans Territory is among the oversize materials for this series (See OC:II:7). Included are research materials from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The two major categories are Writings and Background Materials, each arranged alphabetically. At the end are Miscellaneous Materials. The background materials include Sydnor's research notes, but it has not been determined for which particular writing they were created.

Aristocracy and Politics in Revolutionary Virginia, American Historical Association/Southern Historical Association, 1948
Article mailing lists, undated
The Beginning of Printing in Mississippi, 1934-1935, undated
The Biography of a Slave, 1826-1937
Blazer Lecture, University of Kentucky, 1951
B.L.C. Wailes, Scientist and Historian, undated
The Christian as an Interpreter of History, ca. 1953
A Description of Seargeant S. Prentiss in 1838, 1944-1945
Stylesheet and outlines, undated
Box 7
Miscellaneous notes, 1918-1937, undated
(7 folders)
Box 7
Usage notes, contents, preface, 1946, undated
Box 7
Chapter I, The Awakened South
Box 7
Chapter II, Location of Political Power
Box 7
Chapter III, Enlightenment of Public Opinion
Box 7
Chapter IV, Toward a More Perfect Society
Box 7
Chapter V, Crises in Business and Politics
Box 7
Chapter VI, From Economic Nationalism to Political Sectionalism
Box 7
Chapter VII, End of the Virginia Dynasty
Box 7
Chapter VIII, The Lower South Adopts States' Rights
Box 7
Chapter IX, Bold Acts and Bolder Thoughts
Box 7
Chapter X, Prologue to the End of Slavery
Box 7
Chapter XI, Vicissitudes of an Agricultural Economy
Box 7
Chapter XII, Movement Toward Political Democracy
Box 7
Chapter XIII, Religion, Education, Literature
Box 7
Chapter XIV, Political Weakness and Social Perfection
Box 7
Preface, chapters I-XIII, revised
(14 folders)
Box 7
Chapter XIV, Party Allegiance for Sectional Patriotism, rev.
Box 7
Chapter XV, The Affirmation of Southern Perfection, rev.
Box 7
Fragment of a manuscript, undated
Box 7
Illustrations, undated
(3 folders)
Box 7
Bibliography, undated
Box 7
Legends and bibliography to accompany maps of presidential elections of 1824, 1828, 1832, undated
Box 7
Notes concerning maps of presidential elections, undated
Box 7
Critical bibliography, undated
Box 7
Index, undated
Box 7
Miscellaneous, 1947, undated
Box 7
Correspondence: Louisiana State University Press, 1939-1968
Box 7
Reviews, clippings, 1940-1951, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
Mayflower Cup Award, 1948-1949
Box 8
Diary of a Journey in Arkansas in 1856, Mississippi Valley Historical Review, 1935, Dec.
Box 8
Correspondence, 1927-1934
Box 8
Featherston, W. S., 1928
Box 8
Foote, Henry S., undated
Box 8
George, James Z., 1930
Box 8
Gordon, James, 1930
Box 8
Leflore, Greenwood, 1931
Box 8
Martin, William T., 1933
Box 8
McLautin, A. J., undated
Box 8
McRae, J. J., undated
Box 8
Mayes, Edward, undated
Box 8
Money, H. D., undated
Box 8
Orr, J. A., 1930-1934
Box 8
Poindexter, George, 1931
Box 8
Prentiss, S. S., 1931
Box 8
Sharkey, W. L., 1931-1935
Box 8
Singleton, O. R., 1932
Box 8
Smith, James Argyle, 1932
Box 8
Stewart, Alexander Peter, 1932
Box 8
Stockdale, Thomas R., 1932
Box 8
Stone, John Marshall, undated
Box 8
Thompson, Jacob, 1932-1934
Box 8
Turner, Edward, 1933-1936
Box 8
Vardaman, James K., 1933
Box 8
Wailes, B. L. C., 1933-1936
Box 8
Walthall, E. C., 1933
Box 8
Williams, John Sharp, 1934-1935
Box 8
Yerger, William, 1934
Box 8
Dissertation notes, 1923?
(4 folders)
Box 8
Essays on Law and Conscience in American History, outline and notes, 1949, undated
Box 8
Carbons, undated
Box 8
Correspondence, programs, 1952-1954
Box 8
Drafts and notes, 1954, undated
Box 8
The Free Negro in Mississippi Before the Civil War, 1927-1935
Box 8
Free negroes: Background material 1705-1860, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
Notes relating to, 1789-1941, undated
(2 folders)
Box 9
Transcribed letters and documents from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1788-1938
Box 9
Abbot notes, used in Ch. VI, 1761-1775, undated
Box 9
Abbot's notes of House of Burgesses Committees, 1761-1775, undated
Box 9
Background information, 1947-1951, undated
(2 folders)
Box 9
Charles City and Northumberland County, Wicomico and South Farhan Notes, 1703-1876, undated
Box 9
A Collection of Plays and Poems by the late Colonel Robert Munford, 1798, undated
Box 9
House of Burgesses Journals, undated
Box 9
Virginia, 1948-1950, undated
Box 9
The County Court/Albermarle, Essex, undated
Box 9
Dissenters, research and correspondence relating to, 1948-1950
Box 9
Justice of the Peace: Economic and social status, undated
Box 9
Madison, James, 1923, undated
Box 9
Madison, James, Papers: Library of Congress, undated
Box 9
Percentages of Virginia Legislators Who Were Justices of the Peace, 1776-1861, undated
Box 9
Potential film based on book, 1952-1953, undated
Box 9
Political ladder in Washington's Virginia, 1942-1952, undated
Box 9
Reviews, 1952-1953
Box 9
Tabulations of Virginia elections (1788), 1946
Box 9
Tucker-Coleman Papers, Colonial Williamsburg, undated
Box 9
Virginia demographic information, 1790-1948
Box 9
Virginia elections, 1740s-1840s polls; F. Taylor's diary, undated
Box 9
Sketches, 1948, undated
Box 9
Rise to power of political leaders, undated
Box 9
Preface and front pages, undated
Box 9
Chapters I-IX (9 folders), undated
Box 9
Bibliographical note, undated
Box 9
Appendix I-II (2 folders), undated
Box 9
Index, undated
Box 9
Carbon of last copy lacking Ch. VI, undated
Box 9
Index to, undated
Box 9
Fragment of a manuscript, undated
Box 9
Correspondence, 1946-1956, undated
Box 10
Announcements and reviews, 1938-1939, undated
Box 10
Maps, photographs, and tables, 1922-1937, undated
Box 10
Miscellaneous, undated
Box 10
Notes, undated
(4 folders)
Box 10
Publication documents, 1937, undated
Box 10
Revision notes used, 1891-1936, undated
Box 10
Historical Activities in Mississippi in the Nineteenth Century, 1937
Box 10
Historical Comments on American Democracy, Mississippi Historical Society, 1954, undated
Box 10
Intellectual Activities in the Old Natchez District, American Historical Association, 1936
Box 10
Lee, Guy A., The Historian and the Federal Government, American Historical Association, 1949-1950, n.d
Box 10
Letter from Alexander M. Clayton Relative to Cuban Affairs, 1929
Box 10
Letters from Franklin L. Riley to Herbert B. Adams (1894-1901), 1935-1940
Box 10
Life Span of Mississippi Slaves, 1926-1930
Box 10
Correspondence and corrections, 1938-1940
Box 10
Miscellaneous notes, 1925-1927?
Box 10
Pictures, 1863- 1930, undated
(2 folders)
Box 10
The Old South as a Laboratory for Cultural Analysis, University of Michigan, 1940
Box 10
The Old South to the New, undated
Box 10
The One Party Period of American History, 1942-1946
Box 10
Phi Beta Kappa address, University of South Carolina, 1949-1950
Box 10
Political Leadership in Eighteenth-Century Virginia, published lecture, 1950-1951
Box 10
Possibilities of a Historic Highway through Mississippi, University of Mississippi, undated
Box 10
A Possible Source of Calhoun's plan of Nullification, Mississippi Valley Historical Association, undated
Box 10
Press Censorship in England, 1534-1603, (dissertation), 1923
Box 10
Pursuing Fugitive Slaves, 1929-1935
Box 10
Reducing the Risks in Politics: Address delivered at the Virginia State Library, 1953, June 12
Box 10
Reviews: 1931-1949, n.d
(4 folders)
Box 10
1931-1949, undated
(3 folders)
Box 11
1949-1952, n.d,
(3 folders)
Box 11
Roanoke World News, 1923-1924
Box 11
Second Thoughts and Suggestions, a contribution to Pennsylvania Conference on American Political History, Pennslyvania Magazine of History and Biography LXXII, 201-202, (Apr. 1948), 1948
Box 11
A Slave Owner and His Overseers, 1937
Box 11
Background materials, 1790-1932, undated
(2 folders)
Box 11
Bowle's Plantation (Mrs. Bem Price), 1850-1851
Box 11
Correspondence relating to, undated
Box 11
Devlin Diary, 1836-1885
Box 11
Finney slave trader letters, 1836-1837
Box 11
Leigh Plantation Account Book, 1852-1853
Box 11
Leigh Plantation Book, 1852-1933
Box 11
Reviews, undated
Box 11
The Southern Experiment in Writing Social History, 1944-1945
Box 11
The Southerner and the Laws, 1939, undated
(2 folders)
Box 11
State Geological Surveys in the Old South, 1939-1940
Box 11
Thomas Jefferson's Comments on the Report of the President's Commission on Higher Education, undated
Box 11
Background materials, 1837-1906, undated
Box 11
Collaborators information, undated
Box 11
Printer's copy with notes, undated
(4 folders)
Box 11
Unused research, undated
Box 11
1952, undated
Box 12
Illustrations, 1952, undated
Box 12
Address Delivered at... Jefferson College, 1842
Box 12
Correspondence related to, 1931-1934
Box 12
Diary of, 1853-1932
(2 folders)
Box 12
Inaugural Address Delivered at the first meeting of Adams Athenaeum 31 March 1825
Box 12
Inaugural Address Read at the Historical Society of Mississippi by B.L.C. Wailes and related documents, 1859-1934, n.d
Box 12
What the Historian Expects of an Archival Agency or Historical Society, Society of American Archivists, 1948
Box 12
Crockett Mss.: Slavery and Reconstruction, 1872
Box 12
Presidential and state, 1820
Box 12
Presidential, 1824-1832
(3 folders)
Box 12
Statistics, 1820-1860
Box 12
Elizabeth Female Academy (Washington, Miss.), 1936
Box 12
Estate of James K. Polk: Inventory, 1934
Box 12
Jefferson College, Washington, Miss., 1936
Box 12
North Carolina and Kentucky Legislatures, etc., 1820-1940, undated
Box 12
Virginia, 1942-1945, undated
(2 folders)
Box 12
Virginia, Justices, Summary sheets, 1820, undated
Box 12
West Virginia, 1820, undated
Box 12
Leadership after 1865, undated
Box 12
Map and election statistics and correspondence, 1940-1941
Box 12
City populations, 1860, 1936
Box 12
County populations, 1860, 1936
Box 12
Natchez Institute, 1934-1935
Box 12
Non-southern related materials, undated
Box 12
Notes and statistics on social and economic condition, 1819, undated
Box 12
Paine Detected, undated
Box 12
Popular prejudices and the historian, notes and research materials, 1931-1949, undated
Box 12
Religion, Education, Literature, etc., undated
Box 12
The South after 1865, undated
Box 12
South Carolina, 1949, undated
Box 12
South Carolina: Charleston, S.C., undated
Box 12
South Carolina public records, 1729-1748
Box 12
Southern municipal directories and censuses before 1861, undated
(2 folders)
Box 12
Southern municipal ordinances and laws before 1861, undated
Box 12
Southern Planter (Natchez), 1842
Box 12
Southern political leadership before Jackson (except Virginia), 1946, undated
Box 12
undated
Box 12
Occupations: Memphis, Charleston, S.C., Nashville, Louisville, 1836-1860, undated
Box 12
Southwestern Journal, 1837-1838
Box 12
Virginia counties, undated
Box 12
Western farmer and gardener, 1934
Box 12
Woodville Manufacturing Company, 1850-1935
Box 12
Woodville Republican notes (mostly on poetry), 1847-1848
Box 12
Yellow fever, copy of letter owned by Mrs. James Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1878
Box 12
Miscellaneous, 1818-1953, undated
(3 folders)
Box 12
A Collection of Plays and Poems of the Late Colonel Robert Mumford, 1798
Box 13
[Mississippi General Assembly Senate Journals, 1830 November-1839 January.]
Box 13
[Commission Book No.1, ca. 1787-1797]
Box 13
[Register of Justices and County Officers, 1780-1822]
Box 13
[Register of Magistrates... 1783-1811]
Box 13
[Register of Magistrates... 1852-1865]
Box 13
Mississippi Session Laws, Mississippi Senate and House, undated
Box 13
Journals, Woodville Republican, undated
Box 13
Miscellaneous Mississippi newspapers, undated
Box 13
13c Index Cards: Notes, undated
Box 13
13d Writings in American History, notes from, undated
Box 13
1951, undated
Box 14
Notes for textbooks, 1924-1930
(8 folders)
Box 14

Primarily correspondence to or from Sydnor concerning his career as a professor and as a historian. Also included are letters addressed to Mrs. Sydnor and some relating to Sydnor family matters. Arranged in chronological order by year.

1926-1956 and undated
(7 folders)
Box 15

Includes recommendations, course notes, class rolls, grade books, and student papers related to Sydnor's teaching posts at Duke University and elsewhere. The recommendations, student papers, and grade books are restricted. Arranged alphabetically, with the restricted files following the non-restricted materials.

Duke University, Summer Session, 1952-1953
(2 folders)
Examinations: History course, 1924-1952
History courses, 1937-1954, undated
(2 folders)
Social and Intellectual Development of the Old South, 1938-1945
(2 folders)
Teaching Load Committee Report, 1939-1940
Miscellaneous Notes, 1927, undated
Duke University Summer Schools, 1935-1951
(2 folders)
Harvard Summer School, 1952
Institute of Early American History and Culture, undated
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1949, Summer
Grade books, 1923-1953
(3 folders)
1952-1954
(2 folders)
Acceptances and rejections, 1952
Abbot, William, 1949-1953, undated
Braverman, Howard, 1949-1950
Cunningham, Noble E., 1949-1953, undated
Gescher, Dieter, 1951-1952
Harris, Robert L., 1949-1953
King, Doris Elizabeth, 1949-1953
Malin, Morton V., 1952
McCain, Paul M., 1949-1950
Oliver, George B., 1949-1954
Petersen, Carsten Brink, 1951
Sisk, Glenn N., 1949-1950
Smith, Clarence McK., 1948-1953
Taylor, Orville W., 1949-1953
Papers, 1942-1953
(2 folders)
undated

Chiefly consists of clippings, pictures, and printed material documenting Sydnor's professional affiliations.

1933-1978 and undated
Box 16
Clippings, 1933-1971
Box 16
Biographical information and pictures, 1947-1955, undated
Box 16
Death, 1954
(2 folders)
Box 16
List of publications, 1936-1954, undated
Box 16
1920-1945, undated
(5 folders)
Box 16
Notebooks [1-17], 1916-1921, undated
(4 folders)
Box 16
1920-1945, undated
(5 folders)
Box 16
Article on Sydnor, undated, no author indicated
(1 folder)
Box 16
Alphabetical Files, 1871-1953, undated
Box 17
Alphabetical Files, 1927-1953, undated
Box 17
Writings and Speeches, 1820-1946, undated
Box 17
Writings and Speeches, 1835-1952
Box 17
Teaching Files, 1936-1951
Box 17

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1898, July 21Born, Augusta, Ga.
1915Graduated from Darlington School, Rome, Ga.
1918B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va.
1919Taught high school in Rome, Ga.
1919-1920Taught at McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tenn.
1923Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
1923-1925Professor of History and Political Science, Hampden-Sydney College
1924, June 12Married Betty Brown
1925-1936Professor of History, University of Mississippi
1935-1938Member, Board of Editors, Journal of Southern History
1936-1938Associate professor of History, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
1938Professor of History and Chairman of History Department, Duke University
1939President, Southern Historical Association
1941-1944Member, Executive Committee, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
1947-Member, Board of Editors, South Atlantic Quarterly
1948Litt.D., Washington and Lee University, and Princeton University (1953)
1949President, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
1950M.A., University of Oxford, Oxford, England
1950-1951Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History, University of Oxford
1952-Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Duke University
1953LL.D., Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.
1954Died (buried in Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Sydnor's publications include Mississippi History, Slavery in Mississippi, A Gentleman of the Old Natchez Region: Benjamin L. C. Wailes, The Development of Southern Sectionalism, 1819-1848 (Volume V of The History of the South), and Gentlemen Freeholders: Political Practices in Washington's Virginia.

Sydnor held visiting professorships at Emory (1925-1926), Johns Hopkins (1929, 1934), Duke (1935-1936), Cornell (1941), University of North Carolina (1949), and Harvard (1952) Universities. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Council Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Advisory Committee of the Office of the Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army, the American Historical Association, and the American Mississippi Valley Historical Association. He received awards from the Social Science Research Council (1940) and the Library of Congress (1945-1946).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles S. Sydnor Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Charles S. Sydnor Papers (1729-1978 and undated) were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1990 by members of the Sydnor family.

Processing Information

Processed by Janie Morris

Assisted by Daniel Daily

Date Completed: November 9, 1992

Encoded by Alvin Pollock

Finding aid updated to include processed additions 2000-0302, 2002-0051, and 2008-0145 in July 2009 by Alice Poffinberger