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Personal papers of William M. Tuttle, Jr.

Call Number: PP 478


William Tuttle taught in the Department of History at the University of Kansas from 1967 until retirement from the Department of American Studies in 2008. This collection consists of correspondence, notes, research, essays, fellowship materials, oral histories, and a research grant application, as well as travel and employment documents related to Tuttle's career and research interests.


  • Creation: 1962 - 2020


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 William M. Tuttle, Jr. (1937- )

William "Bill" Tuttle was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 7, 1937 to Dr. William Tuttle Sr., a thoracic surgeon, and Mrs. Geneva Duvall Tuttle. He received his B.A. in History from Denison University in 1959 and immediately went into service in the Air Force for three years.

From the University of Wisconsin, Tuttle earned his MA in History in 1964 and a PhD three years later, also in History. In 1967 he joined the faculty in the History Department at the University of Kansas (KU). He became an Associate Professor of History in 1970 and a full Professor of History in 1975. In 2000 he joined the American Studies Department at KU, where he remained until his retirement in 2008.

Among Tuttle's numerous publications are Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919 (1970, 1996) and Daddy's Gone to War (1993). He also co-authored People and a Nation with David M. Katzman and Mary Beth Norton.

For his teaching, Tuttle received the 1998 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the H.O.P.E. Teaching Award from the Class of 2001, and the Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award in 2004. He was also honored by KU in 2004 with the Higuchi Award and the Balfour S. Jeffrey Award for Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences. During his career, Tuttle received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Learned Societies, the Institute of Southern History, Johns Hopkins University, the Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, and the Stanford Humanities Center.


39.75 Linear Feet (41 boxes + 1 oversize box, 3 audiovisual items)

Language of Materials



This collection has been arranged into nine series; however, materials regarding a specific topic may be found across multiple series.

  1. Publications
  2. Professional
  3. Organizations
  4. Correspondence
  5. Oral histories and interviews
  6. Papers
  7. Research files
  8. Oversize materials
  9. Audiovisual materials

Physical Location

PP 478

Physical Location

UA AV 25

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Bill Tuttle, 2009, 2022.

Related Materials

William Tuttle's research and teaching in African American history and the history of racial violence in 20th century America, RH MS 1472, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Processing Information

Material previously filed under PP 99 has been integrated into PP 478.

Guide to the William M. Tuttle, Jr. Collection
Personal papers of William M. Tuttle, Jr.
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005, updated by lmb, 2009. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005; updated by lmb, 2009. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018, 2019 and cmp, 2023.
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Personal papers of William M. Tuttle, Jr., PP 478, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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