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Guide to the Joel G. Colton papers, 1942-2002

Abstract

Joel G. Colton (b. 1918), Professor of History and administrator at Duke University (1947-1974, 1982- ).

Collection contains correspondence, course materials, writings, clippings, committee materials, subject files, and research notes of Colton.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Colton, Joel G., 1918-.
Title
Joel G. Colton papers 1942-2002
Language of Material
English
Extent
8.5 Linear Feet, 8,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence, course materials, writings, clippings, committee materials, subject files, and research notes of Joel G. Colton relating to his teaching and administration at Duke University, military service, education, awards, and publications.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

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For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Encyclopedia Americana
Box 1
American Historical Association, Pacific Coast branch
Box 1
Time Life
Box 1
Educational Testing Service
Box 1
Koren Prize Committee, Society for French Historical Studies
Box 1
Undergraduate Faculty Council
Box 1
Encyclopedia Americana
Box 2
American Historical Association
Box 2
Faculty Discussion Group
Box 2
Director of Undergraduate Studies, correspondence, 1965-1966
Box 2
Festschrift
Box 2
University Research Council
Box 2
University Research Council
Box 3
Society for French Historical Studies
Box 3
Herbert Baxter Adams Prize Committee, American Historical Association
Box 3
Southern Historical Association
Box 3
International Relations Committee
Box 3
Meeting of Cultures, typescript
Box 4
Graduate students, correspondence, recommendations [removed]
Box 4
Souvenirs sur d'Affaire
Box 4
Undergraduate Faculty Council of Arts and Sciences
Box 5
Academic Council
Box 5
Alfred Tischendorf Memorial Fund
Box 6
Colton-Cordle course
Box 6
Educational Testing Service, Advanced Placement
Box 6
Course on European labor
Box 7
Souvenirs sur d'Affaire
Box 7
Léon Blum material
Box 8
Publications Board, 1965-1968
Box 9
Blackburn Committee, 1964-1970
Box 9
A History of the Modern World, revisions
Box 10
Léon Blum material
Box 10
Wartime correspondence, August 1942 - June 1946
Box 11
R. R. Palmer correspondence
Box 11
Mayflower Award, 1967
Box 11
Publications
Box 11
Clippings
Box 11
France: Older Clippings
Box 12
France: French Socialist Party
Box 12
France: Current Clippings
Box 12
Origins of Modern and Contemporary Art
Box 12
France: Oct. 2002 Lecture
Box 12
France Today in Historical Perspective
Box 12
Joan of Arc
Box 12
Alumni College Abroad
Box 12
The Avignon Papacy
Box 12
French Revolution: Some Clippings and Monographs
Box 12
Journal of Interdisciplinary History: Article
Box 13
"Germany Today"
Box 13
Stuttgart International Historical Congress
Box 13
Western Society for French History
Box 13
Honoring Bob Paxton's Works on Vichy
Box 13
Academic American Encyclopedia
Box 13
Biographical Dictionary of Internationalists
Box 13
Aspen Institute Executive Seminar
Box 13
Ideas of Progress: Article
Box 13
Teaching Materials
Box 13
Morocco
Box 13
Commission Internationale d'Histoire des Mouvements Sociaux et des Structures Sociales
Box 13
International Congress of Historical Sciences
Box 13
Technology, Economy, and Society
Box 13
Japanese Translation of Colton Book
Box 13
Book Review
Box 13
Intellectual History in the 1980s
Box 13
Youth and Youth Movements
Box 13
American Bibliographical Center Historical Abstracts
Box 13
Progress and Its Discontents: Off Prints
Box 13
Blum Psychoanalysis and History Exam
Box 13
Blum Glossy Print
Box 13
Blum AHA Article
Box 13
Book Review
Box 13
Colton Oral History Interview Transcript, 1975
Box 13
Léon Blum: Correspondence, 1962-1966
Box 14
Poetry
Box 14
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Box 14
Materials Used for Paper at SFWS Milwaukee Session
Box 14
Correspondence: Palmer-Colton
Box 14
Selected Correspondence on Contract Negotiations
Box 14
Pocket Watch Illustration
Box 14
Chinese Translation of A History of the Modern World
Box 14
Translations other than Chinese
Box 14
New Directions in History
Box 14
The Historian Looks at the Twentieth Century World
Box 14
Of Time and Chance in History
Box 14
Foundations and Historians
Box 14
Commencement Talk to New Ph.D.s
Box 14
The Humanities: Perspectives and Prospects
Box 14
Transformation of the Idea of Progress
Box 14
Intellectual History in the 1980s
Box 14
The Revolutionary Changes of Our Times
Box 14
Two Bicentennials
Box 14
How Historians Will View the Twentieth Century
Box 14
The Idea of Progress in History
Box 14
Humanities Program History
Box 15
World War II Articles
Box 15
Reminiscences: Military History, Correspondence and Source Material
Box 15
Correspondence and Clippings
Box 15
US Army Questionnaire
Box 15
Items of Interest, Miscellaneous
Box 15
French Connections
Box 15
Memoir Talk about Bob Palmer and a History of the Modern World
Box 15
Miscellaneous Materials: Palmer and History of the Modern World
Box 15
Bucharest International Congress of Historical Sciences
Box 15
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program
Box 15
Blum-Mitterrand
Box 15
Introduction: Blum-Mitterrand
Box 15
Talk on Charles de Gaulle
Box 15
Speech/Talk on Léon Blum
Box 15

Historical Note

Joel George Colton was born in New York, N.Y., on August 23, 1918. He earned a B.A. from the City College of New York in 1937 and a M.A. from Columbia University in 1940. From 1942 to 1946, Colton served in the U.S. Army and as a Military Intelligence Officer. He returned to Columbia University and earned a Ph. D. in 1950. Colton joined the faculty of Duke University in 1947, as an instructor in the Department of History. He taught at Duke University until 1974, when he became the Director for Humanities of the Rockefeller Foundation. Colton returned to Duke in 1982 as a Professor of History, specializing in modern European history. Throughout his career at Duke University, Colton held several administrative posts, including Chairman of the Department of History (1967-1974) and Chairman of the Academic Council (1971-1973). He authored numerous articles and books, notably Léon Blum: Humanist in Politics (New York: Knopf, 1966) and A History of the Modern World with R. R. Palmer (New York: Knopf, 1956).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joel G. Colton Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Joel G. Colton papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer 1967-2002, and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Katte, August 2002

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, October 2006

Updated by Kimberly Sims, March 2012

Accessions 70-61, 70-233, 74-162, 74-180, A95-31, and UA2012-0009 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.