Biography and History

Gordon Alexander Craig was an American historian specializing in German and diplomatic history. Gordon Alexander Craig graduated from Princeton as the valedictorian of the Class of 1936. As an undergraduate in 1935 Craig visited Germany with a group of Princeton graduates. There his witness of the beginnings of the Nazi regime's rise to power left an indelible mark on his academic life. After graduation Craig was awarded a Rhodes scholarship, leading him to studies at Oxford for two years before returning to Princeton to complete his doctoral dissertation in 1938. In the Second World War Craig served with the Marines in the South Pacific.

During his career Gordon Alexander Craig held professorships at Princeton (1950-1961) and Stanford (1961-1979). After transferring to emeritus status in 1979 he remained publicly visible as a historian, serving as president of the American Historical Association in 1986 and frequently reviewing books on German and European history for the New York Review of Books. Craig died of a heart attack in 2006 at the age of 91.

Source: From the finding aid for AC353

  • Gordon Alexander Craig Papers. 1946-1956 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC353

    Gordon Alexander Craig was an American historian specializing in German and diplomatic history who taught at Princeton and Stanford. The Gordon Alexander Craig Papers document several projects the historian was involved with while a professor at Princeton including the Marine Corps History Project for which Craig served as chairman of the editorial board, and the Princeton response to the loyalty oath controversy at the University of California in 1950-1951.

  • Gordon Alexander Craig Papers. 1946-1956 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC353

    Gordon Alexander Craig was an American historian specializing in German and diplomatic history who taught at Princeton and Stanford. The Gordon Alexander Craig Papers document several projects the historian was involved with while a professor at Princeton including the Marine Corps History Project for which Craig served as chairman of the editorial board, and the Princeton response to the loyalty oath controversy at the University of California in 1950-1951.