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MS Am 2951

Aaron, Daniel, 1912-2016. Daniel Aaron papers, circa 1774-2015: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2951
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Daniel Aaron papers
Date(s): circa 1774-2015
Quantity: 125 linear feet (125 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of Daniel Aaron.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006M-58; 2007M-16; 2008M-70; 2013M-4; 2014M-124; 2015M-130. Gift of Daniel Aaron; received: 2006-2016.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

The following items are restricted; consult curatorial staff:
(190); (348); (674); (1049); (1343)8)
There are no restrictions on physical access to the remainder of this collection.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Daniel Aaron Papers, circa 1774-2015 (MS Am 2951). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Chicago in 1912,Daniel Aaron attended graduate school at Harvard University where he was one of the first to earn a doctorate in American studies at that institution. He subsequently taught at and was director of the American studies program at Smith College from 1939 to 1969, and returned to teach at Harvard in 1971. His major works include the following: Men of good hope : a story of American progressives1951; America in crisis : fourteen crucial episodes in American history1952; Writers on the Left : episodes in American literary communism1961;Cincinnati : queen city of the west, 1819-18381967; The unwritten war : American writers and the Civil War1973; American notes : selected essays1994; The Americanist2007. In addition to editing the correspondence of literary critic Edmund Wilson and an abridged version of the diary of Arthur Crew Inman he was instrumental in founding the Library of America a publishing house dedicated to producing scholarly editions of the works of major American literary and historical figures. He has also written numerous articles, essays, and book reviews.


Organized into the following series: Aaron's original folders have been retained, and folder titles as written by him have been used in this finding aid. Illegible text has been so noted; folders and other material lacking a title have been marked "untitled" by the cataloger. Date ranges have been supplied for each folder by the cataloger. NB: Correspondence files may contain some research material, and subject files may contain some correspondence.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of subject files related to the following: the Library of America; the rise and development of American studies as an academic discipline; Aaron's research and writing on Edmund Wilson; research on and publication of the diary of Arthur Crew Inman. A major strength of Aaron's papers consists of his voluminous correspondence, chiefly incoming. Numerous drafts and copies of reviews written by Aaron are extant; however, there is not a great deal in terms of drafts of his major works. The collection also contains autobiographical material and photographs.

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