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Russell Weigley papers


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Russell F. Weigley (1930-2004) was a noted military historian. His research and teaching interests centered on American and world military history, World War II, and the American Civil War. Weigley taught at Penn from 1956 to 1958, and from 1958 to 1962 at Drexel University. He then joined the faculty at Temple University as an associate professor and remained until his retirement in 1999 as Distinguished University Professor. He was also a visiting professor at Dartmouth College and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Weigley's graduate teaching emphasized military history defined in a broadly comprehensive way, including operational, combat history but also extending to the larger issues of war and its significance; to the history of ideas about war, peace, and the armed forces; and to the place of the soldier in the state and in society. His books included The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy (1973), Towards an American Army: Military Thought from Washington to Marshall (1962), and Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944-1945 (1981).

The collection consists of papers related to Weigley's academic and professional career. Materials include: incoming and outgoing correspondence with students, colleagues, editors of publications, and members of historical/military history organizations; typescripts, lightly annotated; lecture notes, programs and announcements for lectures; reader/reviewer reports; papers, articles, dissertations by others, and research materials; course materials such as exams and syllabi; letters of recommendation; departmental reports, class lists, minutes of committees (tenure, university policy), and records of his involvement with the Middle States Accreditation Committee at Temple; videos on historical subjects; and documentation related to various topics, such as a medal of honor for Theodore Roosevelt, a "History of Philadelphia Project", and World War II memorials.

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