Benjamin G. Kohl papers
- 1960-2006, undated
- Kohl, Benjamin G. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
6.5 Cubic Feet (4 record center cartons, 2 letter size document boxes, 1 flat box (15.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches), 1 custom box (15.25 x 7.5 x 10.25 inches))
Biographical / Historical
At Hopkins, Kohl was a student of historian and Renaissance scholar, Frederic Chapin Lane (1900-1984), who acted as advisor for Kohl's dissertation, "The Signoria of Francesco il Vecchio da Carrara in Padua, 1350-1388." With Lane's support, Kohl taught at Hopkins, 1965-1966. He left to accept a position in the history department at Vassar and was appointed full professor in 1981. Among Kohl's published works in Renaissance studies are Dialogue between Giovanni and a Letter (1989), The Earthly Republic: Italian Humanists on Government and Society (1978), and with Frederic Chapin Lane, Studies in Venetian Social and Economic History (1987).
Benjamin G. Kohl resided in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Scope and Contents
A highlight of the personal series are forty-five letters, mostly those of Lane, written during a period when Kohl was finishing the doctorate program at Hopkins, searching for an academic position, and later conducting research in Italy. The final letters in the collection were written by Kohl in 1985 after Lane's death and were addressed to colleagues in the History Department at Hopkins. It was Kohl's plan to publish a collection of Lane's papers as a tribute to his friend and mentor.
The letters, sometimes affectionate, sometimes chastising, relate the association between a student (later a colleague) and a noted professor both of whom shared a passionate interest in historical scholarship.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additional materials were added in November 2007; the accession number is 07-08.30
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