The Douglas Edward Leach Papers, 1950's-1994, include correspondence, class notes and teaching materials, lectures, materials pertaining to professional organizations and activities, manuscripts of writings, and research materials. The thirteen boxes of this collection cover approximately 5.46 linear feet. Theses materials are arranged in five series and encompass the years of Dr. Leach's professional career as a professor of history. As a group, these papers present a clear picture of a university professor's life, including teaching, research, writing, committee work, and involvement in professional activities beyond the classroom and the university.
The largest part of the collection, Series I, contained in five boxes, consists of correspondence. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last names and, following Dr. Leach's filing pattern, letters to and from him and the letters in reply, are grouped together as they were sent or received in chronological order. Of particular interest is his correspondence with Alexander Heard and Samuel Eliot Morison.
Series II, in two boxes, is a collection of Dr. Leach's class notes, exams, and resource materials used in his classroom teaching.
Series III, in one box, consists of lectures, both in outline and in manuscript from. Dr. Leach presented these lectures to professional and community groups between 1951 and 1994.
Series IV, in two boxes, is a collection of materials pertaining to Dr. Leach's involvement in professional organizations, such as the American Historical Association. It also contains materials dealing with his direction of the Vanderbilt-in-England program. Particularly interesting is his correspondence with David B. Quinn, the British historian, concerning Quinn's honorary membership in the American Historical Association.
Series V, in three boxes, is composed of
the materials concerning Dr. Leach's publications. There are manuscripts, research
materials, correspondence, contracts, and reviews of his books and articles.
Scope and Content | Biography | Box
List: Series I | Box List: Series II
Box List: Series III | Box List: Series IV | Box List: Series V
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