John Franklin Jameson (*)
The History of Historical Writing in America
IV. Since the Civil War (p. 122)
These four Lectures upon the history of historical writing in America were read before public audiences in the hall of the Johns Hopkins University in January and February, 1887, and in that of Brown University in February and March, 1889. The third and fourth were printed in Englische Studien in 1888 and 1889, and the four, after a considerable revision, appeared in the New England Magazine in 1891.
Brown University, Providence R. I.
JOHN FRANKLIN JAMESON (1859-1937), historian, born in Somerville,
near Boston, Mass. on September, 19, 1859, graduated from Amherst in 1979,
received the degree of Ph. D. at Johns Hopkins in 1882 under Henry Baxter
Adams, and taught at Johns Hopkins (assistant and associate professor
of history, 1882-88), Brown (professor of history, 1888-1901) and Chicago
(professor and head of the department of history, 1901- 1905) universities.
He was director of the department of historical research of the Carnegie
Institution, Washington D. C., from 1905 to 1928; in this position he
led a campaign for a National Archive building and promoted the publication
of guides to foreign archives and American historical documents. A distinguished
representative of American historical scholarship, he was chief of the
Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress from 1928 to 1937, chairman
of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, President of the American Historical
Association and Managing Editor of the American Historical Review
from its foundation in 1895 to 1901, and from 1905 to 1928. As chairman
of the Committee of Management, he played a major role in the planning
and execution of the Dictionary of American Biography. He died
on September 28, 1937.
His main works are: Willem Usselinx, Founder of the Dutch and Swedish West India Companies (1887), History of Historical Writing in America (1891), Dictionary of United States History (1894), The American Revolution considered as a Social Movement (1926). He edited Essays in the Constitutional History of the United States (1889), The Correspondence of John C. Calhoun (1900), Original Narratives of Early American History (1906-1917), Privateering and Piracy (1923). Among his most important articles is to be remembered his assessment of the state of the historical discipline in America in the essay on «The American Historical Review, 1895-1920», American Historical Review, 26 (1920-21): 1 ff.
The first edition of the History of Historical Writing in America was published in Boston, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1891. A reprinting has been made by Greenwood Press, Publishers, New York, 1969.
Sources: Dictionary of American Biography, Second Supplement; Concise Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1964); Who was Who in America (vol. I, Chicago, 1965, 5th reprint); The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1893- 1909); O. Adams, Dictionary of American Authors (1897); B. J. Lossing, Harper's Encyclopaedia of United States History (1902); T. W. Herringshaw, Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, 1909-1914.
Translation: La Rivoluzione Americana come Movimento Sociale (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1960)
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