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Robert Forster papers

Identifier: MS-0658

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Content Description

This collection consists of the teaching and research notes of Robert Forster on various subjects in American and European history, as well as professional correspondence and book reviews written by Forster. The records consist of published works, typed drafts of his writings, and handwritten notes dating from 1946-2003.


  • Creation: 1946 - 2003


Language of Materials

The text materials in this collection are primarily in English, and to a smaller degree in French.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Forster (1926 -) is an emeritus professor of French history at Johns Hopkins University. Having earned his bachelor degree from Swarthmore College and his PhD from Johns Hopkins, Forster joined the Hopkins History Department as a Professor of History in the 1950s, a position where he remained until his retirement in 1996. An expert in modern French history, Forster published a number of notable works on the subject. His 1970 book entitled Preconditions of Revolution in Early Modern Europe has been printed in 53 editions and three languages, and is held by 1,256 libraries worldwide.



2.51 Cubic Feet (2 record center cartons)


Robert Forster was a professor in the Johns Hopkins History Department for almost 50 years, where he became renowned for his work on the history of early modern France. These are the professional papers of Forster dating from 1946-2003, including, but not limited to, research notes, typed drafts of his writings, correspondence, and teaching materials.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged at the file level with the folders left in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated by the creator, Robert Forster, on April 4, 2006.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in March 2017 by Mallory Herberger with additional processing by Kelsey Diemand in August 2017. For the sake of clearer descriptions, information on this finding aid varies slightly from the physical folder labels.

Guide to the Robert Forster papers
Mallory Herberger
April 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA