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Daniel Aaron Papers, 1939 - 1972
3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Contains news articles, faculty listings, correspondence, photographs, books, pamphlets and manuscripts documenting the life and work of Daniel Aaron during his professional life at Smith College.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Daniel Aaron was born in Chicago in 1912. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1933 and received his doctorate in 1943 from Harvard University. Aaron's first teaching position was at Harvard, where he lectured from 1936-1939 in the Department of English. In 1939, Aaron joined the Smith faculty. During his time at Smith, Aaron travelled as a visiting lecturer to the Guggenheim (1947), Bennington College (1950-51), the University of Helsinki (1951-52), Amherst College (1954-55), the University of Warsaw (1962-63), Columbia University (1960-61), and MIT (1965). In 1961, he was named Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature. His articles and books include Poland: A Self Interview (1964), Men of Good Hope (1951), and the critically acclaimed Writers on the Left (1961). In 1972-1983, he became the Director of Graduate Study in American Civilization at Harvard University where he was named the Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature. During this time, he founded the Library of America. In 2010, Aaron received the National Humanities Medal. At the time of writing, Aaron still works at Harvard University.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains various papers related to Daniel Aaron's professional life. This includes correspondence with other scholars, pamphlets related to various conferences he attended or speeches he gave worldwide, and photographs of these events. A large portion of the collection is dedicated to Professor Aaron's reception by the public and other scholars in the form of newspaper clippings reviewing his books and reporting on his speeches. The collection also contains many of Aaron's published works, from articles to books, as well as the manuscript versions of some of these texts.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: Daniel Aaron Papers, Box #656-658, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Daniel Aaron papers were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Madison White, Class of 2016


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
General
1961-1963

Box 1: folder 1
News Articles
1954-1966

Box 1: folder 2
Photographs
1961-1969

Box 1: folder 3
Speeches
1960-1967

Box 1: folder 4
Speeches-St Lawrence University, 1966
1966

Box 1: folder 5
Appointments-Other Colleges
1958-1972

Box 1: folder 6
Conferences, Seminars, etc.
1954-1967

Box 1: folder 7
Conferences, Seminars, etc. - Latin America
1966

Box 1: folder 8
Conferences, Seminars, etc. - Venezuela
1967

Box 1: folder 9
Conferences, Seminars, etc.-Salzburg
1965

Box 1: folder 10
Lectures
1956-1966

Box 1: folder 11
Publications
1939-1970

Box 2: folder 1
Publications-Edward Bellamy
1968

Box 2: folder 2
Publications-The United States: History of a Republic
1967

Box 2: folder 3
Publications-Men of Good Hope
1951

Box 2: folder 4
Publications-In Memory of Joseph Freeman
1965

Box 2: folder 5
Publications-Men of Good Hope Manuscript
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Publications-Poland: A Self Interview
1964

Box 2: folder 7
Publications-The United States
1967

Box 2: folder 8
Publications-Writers on the Left
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Writers on the Left Reviews
1961-1963

Box 3: folder 1
Writers on the Left Manuscript
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Aaron, Daniel, 1912 -
  • Poland -- Description and travel.
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • katherine Asher Engel lectures; 1963.

Genre terms
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Speeches.
  • manuscripts for publication


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