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George Wolfskill Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wolfskill, George, 1921-.
Title: George Wolfskill Papers
Dates: 1949-1987
1950-1970
Abstract: George Wolfskill was a professor of history at The University of Texas at Arlington, 1955 to 1987, and noted scholar of 20th century U.S. history. Papers are comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, speeches, research notes, reviews, biographical material, and photographs. They are primarily manuscripts, published and unpublished, produced by Wolfskill from graduate school days to 1974. The correspondence relates to the production of his manuscripts and research. Includes correspondence with Jouett Shouse, 1959, who was president of the American Liberty League, 1934-1940, regarding the formation and history of the league; and correspondence of John A. Hudson concerning publication of the book he wrote with Wolfskill, All But The People: Franklin Roosevelt and His Critics.
Identification: AR347
Extent: 14 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

George Wolfskill, born in Alton, Illinois on July 28, 1921, was a noted historian and university professor. Not much is known about his early life, except that during his formative years he became an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Graduating from St. Louis University in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree, Wolfskill entered the Marine Corps and served for four years. Upon exiting the military, he attended Baylor University and received a Master of Arts Degree in 1947. Wolfskill then took a teaching position at the University of Texas at Austin where he came under the influence of the noted scholar Walter Prescott Webb. His doctoral degree was earned from Texas in 1952 under Webb's direction.

Next, Wolfskill accepted an associate professorship at William Jewell College. He remained at William Jewell from 1952 until 1955, when he accepted a position as Associate Professor at Arlington State College, which was the predecessor of present-day University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Wolfskill remained on the faculty at U.T.A. for the balance of his working career and officially retired in 1982, although he continued to teach one course each semester until his death at age 66, on August 3, 1987.

During the course of his long and distinguished career, Wolfskill became particularly noted for his knowledge and writing on the New Deal era of 20th century American history. His books include The Revolt of the Conservatives, published in 1962; All But The People: Franklin Roosevelt and His Critics, published in 1969; and Happy Days Are Here Again!, published in 1974. Wolfskill also wrote and edited many short works and had an active lecture career for various professional organizations.

As a member of the U.T.A. faculty, Wolfskill was extremely active in his participation with various committees on campus. He was a recipient of the prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation "Professor of the Year" award in 1959 and was named "Texas Writer of the Year" by Theta Sigma Phi in 1962. In 1976 the AMOCO Foundation awarded Wolfskill the "Excellence in Teaching" award.


Scope and Contents

The Wolfskill Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, speeches, research notes, reviews, biographical material, and photographs. They are primarily manuscripts, published and unpublished, produced by Wolfskill from graduate school days to 1974. The correspondence relates to the production of his manuscripts and research. Includes correspondence with Jouett Shouse, 1959, and correspondence of John A. Hudson concerning publication of the book he wrote with Wolfskill, All But The People: Franklin Roosevelt and His Critics.

Of special interest in the Revolt of the Conservatives manuscript series are two folders of correspondence from Jouett Shouse to George Wolfskill. Shouse was the president of the American Liberty League during its existence. This correspondence included letters concerning 1950's research into the League, a memorandum from Shouse to himself dealing with a conversation he had with Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 15, 1934, and copies of the letters Shouse and Miss Francis Perkins exchanged during March and April of 1959. Francis Perkins was the Secretary of Labor under FDR.

Some photographs and cartoon artwork are also included from the published manuscripts.


Organization

Papers are arranged in 7 series:
Series I. Speeches and Short Intellectual Works, 1949-1974 (18 folders)
Series II. "Cultural Freedom" Manuscripts, 1952-1955 (26 folders)
Series III. Revolt of the Conservatives Manuscripts, 1957-1962 (25 folders)
Series IV. All But The People Manuscripts, 1968-1969 (51 folders)
Series V. "A Land Worth Saving", 1968-1969 (3 folders)
Series VI. Biographical Information, 1979-1987 (1 folder)
Series VII. Research Note Cards (3 boxes)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Wolfskill, George, 1921---Archives.
Hudson, John A., 1927-1984--Archives.
Shouse, Jouett, 1879-1968--Archives.
Organizations
University of Texas at Arlington--Faculty--History--Sources.
American Liberty League--History--Sources.
Subjects
College teachers--Texas--Arlington--History--Sources.
Historians--Texas--Arlington--Sources.
Places
United States--Politics and government--1933-1945--Sources.
Alternate Titles
University Archives

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Wolfskill Papers were donated to the Special Collections Division of the University of Texas at Arlington by Mrs. Alberta Wolfskill in 1987 and Mr. Jeff Wolfskill in 1990.

Citation

George Wolfskill Papers, AR347, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1987, 1990.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Speeches and Intellectual Works, 1949-1974 (18 folders)

Box Folder
1 1 Speeches, 11/53-11/54, undated
William Jewell College Pep Rally, 11/4/53 Letter on AAUW Speech, 9/3/54 Baptist Men's Club Speech, 10/12/54 Democratic Victory Celebration, 11/30/54 Thomas Jefferson Speech, undated Isolationism vs. Leadership Speech, undated "The Right Wing: Then and Now," undated "What Should We Be Teaching And What Should They Be Learning To Prepare Them For The Study Of History In College?," undated
2 Speech, 5/19/55
"The Importance Of Education In A Democracy." Commencement address for West Platte High School, Weston, Missouri.
3 Speech, 2/1/62
"How High Is Up?" Arlington Rotary Club address, Arlington, Texas.
4 Speech, undated
Address to Southern Historical Society on the New Deal and the South.
5 Speech, undated
Speech dealing with Roosevelt and New Deal criticism.
6 Papers Presented, 4/59
"The American Liberty League and the Election of 1936." Mississippi Valley Historical Association, Denver, Colorado.
7 Papers Presented, 3/30-4/1/61
"F.D.R. and His Critics." Southwestern Social Science Association, Dallas, Texas.
8 Papers Presented, 3/61
"The Roosevelt Critics and the Election of 1936." Southwestern Social Science Association, Dallas, Texas.
9 Papers Presented, 4/4/74
"Roosevelt and the New Deal: In Retrospect." Faculty Lecture Series, Northern Kentucky State College, Highland Heights, Kentucky.
10 Papers, Unpublished, 4/4/49
"New World Influence Upon the Development of International Law."
11 Papers, Unpublished, 5/18/50
"The Crop Lien System: Southern Agriculture's Permanent Expedient."
12 Papers, Unpublished, 3/11/50, 56
"Emancipation Celebrations."
13 Papers, Unpublished, 1954
"A New Look at Hugo Grotius."
14 Papers, Unpublished, 1954
"The Organization of American Representation Abroad."Foreign Service Journal Essay Contest.
15 Papers, Unpublished, 4/19/56
"What Ails Modern International Law?" Submitted for publication to Harper's Magazine.
16 Papers, Unpublished, 5/59
"Alfred E. Smith and the American Liberty League."
17 Papers, Unpublished, undated
Untitled manuscript on 1932 Era New Deal.
18 Papers, Published, 10/50
"William Carey Crane and the University of Texas."Southwestern Historical Quarterly, LIV, No. 2 (October, 1950), 1-14.



Series II. Cultural Freedom Manuscripts, 1952-1955 (26 folders)

Box Folder
2 1 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #1, 4/52
Preface and Introduction.
2 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #1, 4/52
Chapter I, "The Ancients, Greece and Rome."
3 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #1, 4/52
Chapter III, "Universalism vs. Internationalism."
4 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #1, 4/52
Chapter IV, "Grotius and the Golden Mean."
5 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #1, 4/52
Chapter VI, "The New World and the Rise of the State."
6 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #2, undated
Chapter I, "The Ancient Heritage."
7 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #2, undated
Chapter II, "The Middle Ages."
8 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #2, undated
Chapter III, "International Law and the New World Perspective."
9 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #2, undated
Chapter IV, "The New World and the Theoretical Basis of Modern International Law."
10 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #2, undated
Chapter V, "Law and the New World Perspective."
11 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #2, undated
Chapter VI, "The Current Crisis in International Law."
12 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter I, "The Ancient Heritage and the Middle Ages," pp 1-40.
13 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter II, "Universalism or Internationalism: Grotius and the Golden Mean," pp. 41-75.
14 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter III, ""International Law and the New World Perspective," pp. 76-119.
15 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter IV, "The New World and the Theoretical Basis of the Grotian System," pp. 120-176.
16 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter VI, "The State and International Law in Transition," pp. 177-213.
17 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter VII, "The Current Crisis in International Law," pp. 214-238.
18 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #3, undated
Chapter VIII, "Reappraising the Problem: A Summary," pp. 239-255.
Box Folder
3 1 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Preface and Table of Contents.
2 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter I, "The Nature of the Problem," pp. 1-10.
3 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter II, "The Ancient Heritage and the Middle Ages (Ave Caesar, Ave Christi)," pp. 11-46.
4 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter III, "Universalism or Internationalism: Grotius and the Golden Mean," pp. 47-80.
5 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter IV, "International Law and the New World Perspective," pp. 81-124.
6 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter V, "The New World and the Theoretical Basis of the Grotian System," pp. 125-181.
7 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter VI, "The State and International Law in Transition," pp. 182-218.
8 Cultural Freedom Manuscript #4, 5/55
Chapter VII, "The Current Crisis in International Law," pp. 219-259.



Series III. Revolt of the Conservatives Manuscripts, 1957-1962 (25 folders)

Box Folder
3 9 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
"Prologue: Summer 1934," 2 versions.
10 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter I, "A Strange Political Nosegay," 2 versions.
11 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter II, "The Constitution in a Bottle," 2 versions.
12 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter III, "Marketing A New Product," 2 versions.
Box Folder
4 1 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter IV, "Semper Fidelis," 1 version.
2 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter V, "That Man in the White House," 1 version.
3 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter VI, "Alfred in Wonderland," 3 versions.
4 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter VII, "Run, Don't Walk," 3 versions.
5 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter VIII, "As Maine Goes, So Goes Vermont," 3 versions.
6 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter IX, "Wheels Within Wheels," 2 versions.
7 Working Manuscripts, Published 1962.
Chapter X, "Patriotism is the Last Refuge," 2 versions.
8 Outgoing Correspondence/Revolt of the Conservatives, 11/19/57-5/8/58.
9 Incoming Correspondence/Revolt of the Conservatives, 12/13/57-12/27/62.
10 Miscellaneous Notes/Revolt of the Conservatives,
General research notes for the book.
11 Shouse Correspondence, 1959.
Correspondence between Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League, 1934-1940, and George Wolfskill.
Includes enclosures from Shouse.
Subjects dealt with include current (late 1950's) research by others about the League and older items from Shouse's files. Also contains a memorandum from Shouse's personal files regarding a conversation between Shouse and FDR held on 8/15/34. On that date Shouse went to FDR to tell him of the formation of the League and to state its purposes.
12 Shouse/Perkins Correspondence, 3/17/59-4/8/59.
Correspondence between Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League, 1934-1940, and Miss Francis Perkins, Secretary of Labor under FDR. Cover letters sent to Wolfskill dated 4/23/59 and 9/17/59 are included.
13 Pitney Thesis, undated
Incomplete copy of Pitney thesis referred to in Shouse Correspondence dated 10/29/57.
14 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Title page through Chapter 2. pp. 1-71.
Box Folder
5 1 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Chapters 3 & 4. pp. 72-128.
2 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Chapters 5 & 6. pp. 129-204.
3 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Chapters 7 & 8. pp. 205-281.
4 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Chapters 9 & 10. pp. 282-357.
5 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Index.
6 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Cartoons and photographs, published.
7 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1962.
Cartoons and photographs, unpublished.



Series IV. All but the People Manuscripts, 1968-1969 (51 folders)

Box Folder
5 8 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Tables of Contents, Prefaces, Title Pages, Dedications. 6 versions.
9 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Unidentified section. 2 versions.
10 Working Manuscript, Published 1969.
Part I (not published), "The People," 1 version.
11 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Part I, Introduction, "Below the Belt," 3 versions
12-13 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter I, "If You Were A Good Honest Man…" 3 versions, 2 versions footnotes.
14-15 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter II, "We Don't Like Her, Either," 3 versions, 2 versions footnotes.
Box Folder
6 1-2 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter III (not published), "That Reminds Me" or "Have You Heard The One About…" 2 versions.
3 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Part II, Introduction, "Messiahs, Incorporated," 1 version.
4-5 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter II, "The `Jew Deall' …" 3 versions, 2 versions footnotes.
6 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter IV (not published), "The Next Day And The Day After," 2 versions.
7-8 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter IV, "… And The Red Deal," 3 versions, 2 versions footnotes.
9 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Part III, Introduction, "Up One Side, Down The Other," 1 version.
10-11 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter V, "The Devoted Wall Street Lackey," 3 versions, 3 versions footnotes.
12-13 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter VI, "The Traitor To His Class," 3 versions, 2 versions footnotes.
Box Folder
7 1-2 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter VII, "All The News That's Fit To Print," 2 versions, 4 versions footnotes.
3 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Part IV, Introduction, "What So Proudly We Hailed…" 1 version.
4-6 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter VIII, "Chaste Seduction Or Lawful Robbery," 4 versions, 3 versions footnotes.
7-8 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter IX, "All Menu And No Meat," 2 versions, 1 version footnotes.
9-10 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter X, "Harmony, Hell!" 3 versions, 1 version footnotes.
11 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter XI, "Why This Is A Second Honeymoon," 2 versions.
Box Folder
8 1-2 Working Manuscripts, Published 1969.
Chapter XII, "A Six-month Answer?" 4 versions, 4 fragments, 1 version footnotes.
3 All But The People Correspondence, 12/10/65-11/29/67.
Correspondence with publishers.
4 All But The People Correspondence, 1/23/68-1/30/68.
Copyright permissions--requests/answers.
5 All But The People Correspondence, 2/1/68-2/28/68.
Copyright permissions--requests/answers.
6 All But The People Correspondence, 3/2/68-3/30/68.
Copyright permissions--requests/answers.
7 All But The People Correspondence, 4/2/68-4/24/68.
Copyright permissions--requests/answers.
8 All But The People Correspondence, 5/1/68-11/8/68.
Copyright permissions--requests/answers, correspondence with publisher.
9 All But The People Correspondence, 4/2/69-3/31/70, undated
Correspondence with publisher and comments/inquiries from readers.
10 All But The People, Published 1969.
Book Reviews.
11 All But The People, Published 1969.
Book Jacket.
12 All But The People, Published 1969.
Miscellaneous notes.
Box Folder
9 1 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Cover letter dated 3/18/69.
Preface, Table of Contents, etc., pp. i-xv.
2 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Part I, pp. 1-88.
3 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Part II, pp. 89-175.
4 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Part III, pp. 176-294.
5 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Part IV, pp. 295-424.
6 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Part V, pp. 425-506.
7 Manuscript, Publisher's Copy, 1969.
Notes, pp. 507-587.



Series V. A Land Worth Saving, 1968-1969 (3 folders)

Box Folder
10 1 Correspondence, 12/68-8/69.
Grant/Research request letters describing the projected book.
2 Correspondence, 10/16/69.
Research materials received by John Hudson from GSA/Roosevelt Library.
3 Research Notes, undated
Miscellaneous research notes.



Series VI. Wolfskill Biographical Information, 1979-1987 (1 folder)

Box Folder
10 4 Biographical material, 10/79-8/87.
Wolfskill Vita, Photograph and Tribute. Added by processor.



Series VII. Research Note Cards (3 boxes)

Box
11-13 Note Cards, undated
5 × 8 file cards with research written or attached. Research for "A Land Worth Saving."