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Collection Overview

Creator:
Craig, Gordon Alexander, 1913-2005
Title:
Gordon Alexander Craig Papers
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/sn009x84d
Dates:
1946-1956
Size:
1 box
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1
Language:
English

Abstract

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.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The Gordon Alexander Craig Papers document several projects the historian was involved with while a professor at Princeton. These include the Marine Corps History Project for which Craig served as chairman of the editorial board, and which resulted in the 600 page volume The U.S. Marines and Amphibious War (1951).

Also included in the collection are a set of correspondence and clippings relating to the loyalty oath controversy at the University of California in 1950-1951. In response to the matter which involved several tenured faculty members being dismissed for refusing to take a loyalty oath, Craig headed a group to compose a letter of protest to the California Board of Regents that was signed by most Princeton University faculty.

Collection Creator Biography:

Craig, Gordon Alexander, 1913-2005

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.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gordon Alexander Craig gave these files to the University Archives on June 2, 1961.

Archival Appraisal Information:

Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Dan Brennan in 2009. Finding aid written by Dan Brennan in 2009.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

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Credit this material:

Gordon Alexander Craig Papers; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/sn009x84d
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Material:

The Library holds faculty and alumni files for Gordon Alexander Craig.

A larger collection of Gordon Alexander Craig Papers is held by the Stanford University Archives.

Subject Terms:
Historians -- United States.
Loyalty oaths -- United States.
Names:
United States. Marine Corps
Princeton University.
Craig, Gordon Alexander, 1913-2005