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David Katzman papers

Call Number: RH MS 1186


David Katzman has been a professor of History and American Studies at the University of Kansas (KU). This collection includes newspapers, clippings, magazines, journals, and papers collected by Dr. Katzman, as well as materials related to his teaching and career at KU.


  • Creation: 1896-2010 (bulk 1970s-2000s)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of David Katzman

Dr. David Katzman earned his Ph.D from Michigan University. He came to the University of Kansas in 1969 and has been a visiting professor at University College, Dublin (Ireland), the University of Birmingham (England), Tokushima University (Japan), the University of Hong Kong, and Kobe University.

In 2002, Katzman was a Fulbright lecturer in American Studies in Japan. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He was the 2002 recipient of the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Katzman's research and teaching have focused on American culture and race, ethnicity, identity, work, migration, and community. He has published a number of books on these topics including Seven Days a Week: Women and Domestic Service in Industrializing America (1978, 1981); co-editor with William Tuttle of Plain Folk: The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans (1982); co-author of Three Generations in 20th Century America: Family, Community, and Nation (1977, 1978, 2nd ed, 1982); and A People and a Nation (6th edition, 2000).


17.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 1 DVD)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection includes research materials, materials related to conferences and professional associations which Katzman attended and was an active member of, materials related to Katzman's career generally and to his involvement with the University of Kansas, as well as some personal materials.

Research materials are mostly located at RH MS 1186. The materials were resources for several research projects and cover a diverse range of topics and dates. There is a heavy emphasis on political extremism from the 1960s and 1970s. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are located at RH MS Q314 and RH MS R279.

The bulk of the collection is located at RH MS 1527, and materials at this location have been organized into three series: Teaching; Journals and professional associations (mostly the Mid-America America Studies Association, or MAASA); and general Professional papers. The bulk of the collection is located in this series. Loose materials not in folders have been grouped together either thematically or by format, such as all materials related to a conference or correspondence from a particular year or set of years.

Physical Location

RH MS 1186

Physical Location

RH MS 1527

Physical Location

RH MS Q314

Physical Location

RH MS R279

Physical Location

KC AV 99

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, David Katzman, [before 2010], 2015.

Guide to the David Katzman Collection
David Katzman papers
Finding aid prepared by tw, 2010. Finding aid encoded by tw, 2010. Finding aid revised by gem, 2020; mwh, 2021; erm and cmp, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
David Katzman papers, RH MS 1186, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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