John Higham papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of course notes, outlines, examination booklets, and other assignments completed during his undergraduate years at The Johns Hopkins University, 1937-1939, as well as material relating to Dr. Higham's teaching and writing career (which were closed until 2012). Notes from freshman and sophomore history classes are represented including those from a class taught by Professor Kent Roberts Greenfield: "Occidental Civilization from the Seventeenth Century to the Present." Higham's notes from Professor L. Wardlaw Miles's freshman English class in "Survey of English Literature" are also included.
- Creation: 1937-1990s
- Higham, John, 1920-2003 (Person)
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 as of 2012, with the exception of files that contain student records, which are further subject to FERPA restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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.
John Higham, historian and professor at The Johns Hopkins University, was born in Jamaica, N.Y. in 1920. Higham received the B.A. from Hopkins in 1941 and the master's from the University of Wisconsin in 1942. After service as historian for the 12th Air Force in World War II, he returned to Wisconsin and completed his doctorate work in 1949. Dr. Higham taught at Rutgers, Columbia University, U.C.L.A., and the University of Michigan before being appointed to the faculty at Hopkins in 1971. In 1975, Dr. Higham was named to the John Martin Vincent Chair in History at Hopkins, a position he held until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1989. Dr. Higham's principal field of interest was American social and intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Dr. Higham was the author of many books that led to reconsiderations in the area of 19th-century intellectual history. One of his works, Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860- 1925, (1955) won the Dunning Prize of the American Historical Society (1956) and marked the beginning of an important shift in the analysis of immigration and movements to restrict immigration in the United States. His monograph, History, (1965) added a social dimension to subsequent publications on American historiography. An article by Dr. Higham dealing with the topic of multicultural education was included in the July 28, 1993 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education and titled "Class has ceased to excite us, but the politics of race live on."
Dr. Higham held offices in many professional organizations and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972.
John Higham died in July 2003.
45.57 Cubic Feet (33 record center cartons, 4 letter size document boxes, 2 letter half-size document boxes, 2 legal size document boxes, 1 legal half-size document box, 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches), 1 flat box (25 x 21 x 3 inches), 1 over-sized folder)
Language of Materials
John Higham was a historian and professor at Johns Hopkins University with a principal field of interest in American social and intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection consists of holographic course notes, outlines, examination booklets, and other assignments completed during his undergraduate years at The Johns Hopkins University, 1937-1939, as well as material relating to Dr. Higham's teaching and writing career.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The student papers were accessioned in 1982. Dr. Higham donated the remainder of his papers in 2002. One accrual of Higham's letters was donated by David A. Hollinger in 2013.
This collection was processed by Joan Grattan. Additional processing by Annie Tang in October 2016.
- May, Henry Farnham, 1915-2012 (Person)
- Johns Hopkins University (Organization)
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of History (Organization)
- American Veterans Committee (Organization)
- Higham, John, 1920-2003 (Person)
- Greenfield, Kent Roberts, 1893-1967 (Person)
- Kallen, Horace Meyer, 1882-1974 (Person)
- Miles, L. Wardlaw (Louis Wardlaw), 1873-1944 (Person)
- Organization of American Historians (Organization)
- Higham, John, 1920-2003 (Donor, Person)
- John Higham papers
- Language of description
- Script of description
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