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Paul Channing Jefferson papers

 Collection
Identifier: HCS-001-032

Content Description

This collection contains the papers of Paul Channing Jefferson, associate professor emeritus of history at Haverford College. These papers include manuscript and published materials pertaining to Jefferson's scholarship, course materials, and Jefferson's doctoral thesis.

The first series in this collection is Jefferson's scholarship on African-American sociology and consists primarily of chapter drafts that engage with a wide range of primary and secondary sources on African-American sociology and African-American intellectual history. The work treats a number of major figures and institutions, include W.E.B. Du Bois, Charles S. Johnson, George Edmund Haynes, and Fisk University.

The collection also contains materials related to the creation of the Encyclopaedia Africana and Jefferson's engagement with the project. It contains some of his published and manuscript scholarly writings, including his 1976 dissertation entitled "Pragmatism and the Logic of Meaning," completed as part of his doctoral work at Harvard University.

The final series in this collection consists of materials pertaining to Jefferson's teaching, both before and after coming to Haverford College. This series contains course descriptions, syllabi, lecture notes, and related materials.

Dates

  • 1964-2007
  • Majority of material found within ca. 1970s-1980s

Creator

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical Note

Paul Channing Jefferson (1944-2022) was associate professor emeritus of history at Haverford College where he taught for nearly thirty years. Jefferson earned both his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he won the Graduate Prize Fellowship. He also studied at the University of Ghana, researching W.E.B. Du Bois. Jefferson was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Paris in 1967, but turned it down to become associate director of the Yale Summer High School. He was a teaching fellow at Harvard, a lecturer at Babson College, and an instructor at the Commonwealth School in Boston before joining the Haverford faculty in 1981.

Jefferson was a scholar who specialized in 19th- and 20th-century intellectual history. He taught classes on American intellectual history, African-American intellectual history, and African-American political and social thought, among others. From 1984 through the late 1990s, he was the coordinator for the College’s African American Studies Concentration, now called African and Africana Studies. He published on Black public intellectuals, including Du Bois, William Wells Brown, and Haverford’s first tenured Black professor, Ira de Augustine Reid. In 1983, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship award from the National Research Council for his research on the history of Black sociology. In 1988, he won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teaching Fellowship. Jefferson retired in 2010.

Extent

1.47 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains the papers of Paul Channing Jefferson, associate professor emeritus of history at Haverford College. These papers include manuscript and published materials pertaining to Jefferson's scholarship, course materials, and Jefferson's doctoral thesis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lydia Quill, July 2023

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, completed August 2023.

Title
Paul Channing Jefferson papers
Author
Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger
Date
August, 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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