The recommendations in box 9 of the John S. Galbraith Papers are restricted until 2044.


Papers of John S. Galbraith, professor of history and university administrator. Galbraith specialized in the history of the British Empire and taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (1948-1964 and 1968-1984) and the University of California, San Diego (1984-1987). He also served as the second chancellor of UCSD (1964-1968). The papers include correspondence, photographs, drafts of speeches, biographical information, and recommendations. Although the bulk of the materials documents Galbraith's professional activities, some correspondence relates to the administration of UCSD. The collection is arranged in eight series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) EPHEMERA, 3) MISCELLANY, 4) SPEECHES, 5) PHOTOGRAPHS, 6) BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, 7) WRITINGS BY GALBRAITH, and 8) RECOMMENDATIONS. The accession processed in 1994 contains recent correspondence (1992-1993) and miscellaneous materials. The accessions processed in 1997 are arranged in five series: 1) JOURNAL ARTICLES, 2) SPEECHES, 3) UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS, 4) COURSE OUTLINES, and 5) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.


A native of Glasgow, Scotland, John Semple Galbraith was born on November 10, 1916. His family emigrated to the United States in 1925, and he received his primary and secondary education in Ohio. He graduated from Ohio's Miami University with a bachelor's degree in 1938, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Iowa, where he obtained a master's degree in 1940 and a Ph.D. in history in 1943. Shortly after his graduation, Galbraith joined the U.S. Air Force and served as an historian until 1946.

In 1948 Dr. Galbraith began his long career at the University of California. In that year he took a teaching position in the Department of History at UCLA. At Los Angeles he sat on numerous committees, including the Budget Committee of the Academic Senate (1961-1962) and the Los Angeles Division of the Academic Senate (1961-1964). He served as chairman of the Department of History between 1954 and 1958. Galbraith took an active interest in the growth of the UCLA Library, and selected works for the collection in the area of British Empire history, his academic specialty.

The early 1960s were years of major expansion for the University of California system, and Dr. Galbraith was involved in the development of campuses in Southern California. In July of 1964 he was appointed Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, at the new San Diego Campus. After the resignation of UCSD Chancellor Herbert F. York, U.C. President Clark Kerr named Galbraith as York's replacement.

Galbraith quickly became a popular and respected administrator. He continued the UCSD tradition of finding outstanding people to fill academic and administrative posts. Along with his wife Laura, Galbraith involved himself in a wide array of San Diego community affairs, and thereby helped promote better relations between the university and the city's political and social leaders.

Dr. Galbraith, like other UCSD chancellors, had ambitious plans for the campus. Among his highest priorities was the development of the university library. Because of his background as an academic historian, he understood the importance of large and comprehensive collections for scholarly research -- especially for research in the humanities. He had discussed this subject with President Kerr prior to assuming the chancellorship, and Kerr had assured Galbraith that UCSD would eventually have the third great library in the U.C. system, with an acquisitions rate equal to those in Berkeley and Los Angeles. However, Kerr was slow in fulfilling this committment, and this prompted Galbraith to postpone his UCSD inauguration, originally scheduled for September 1965, to November of that year.

The library issue and other administrative matters created friction between Galbraith and Kerr. On February 18, 1966, Galbraith and UCSD Vice Chancellor Robert Biron submitted their resignations to the U.C. President. Precipitating the resignations was Kerr's failure to add to the Regents' agenda the approval of the design of the UCSD Medical School. Although the resignations were later withdrawn, relations between Kerr and Galbraith improved little.

Like other college campuses in the 1960s, UCSD witnessed the growth of what would eventually become a nation-wide student movement organized, in part, as opposition to U.S. military involvement in Indochina. In November, 1967, during Dr. Galbraith's administration, one group of students, who had set up an informational table in Revelle Plaza, began flying the North Vietnamese flag in protest of the U.S. military effort. The flag angered Leucadia assemblyman John Stull, and Stull demanded that Galbraith have the flag forcibly removed. Galbraith, after consulting with the U.C. legal counsel, declared that the university had no legal basis for removing the flag. Stull then called for Galbraith's suspension, among other measures. However, Galbraith successfully defended his stance on the issue, and he argued that the university administration, as well as the students, must abide by the rule of law.

Dr. Galbraith had never planned on an administrative career, and in 1968 he resigned the UCSD chancellorship to return to teaching and scholarship. In that year he accepted the prestigious Smuts Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge University in England, and the following year he returned to UCLA to teach history.

After his return to UCLA, Dr. Galbraith served on a number of important committees. Among them were the University Committee on Educational Policy (1969-1970), the Coordinating Committee of Graduate Affairs (1969-1970), the University Task Force to Reconsider the 1966 Growth Plan (1970-1971). In September 1977 Dr. Galbraith was chosen as the faculty representative on the U.C. Board of Regents, and he served on the Board through the Spring of of 1978.

Galbraith was also active in the U.C. system's library development. He was not, however, happy with the direction that development took; one of his greatest disappointments was the University's decision to create a centralized library system with

regional storage facilities at Berkeley and Los Angeles and greater reliance on inter-campus loans (the so-called Salmon Plan). Galbraith felt that such a plan would hinder the process of "browsing" the stacks -- a process he saw as important to scholarly research. In a short pamphlet titled "An Historian's Viewpoint on University Libraries" (La Jolla: Friends of the UCSD Library, 1968) Dr. Galbraith had expounded his theory of the "shoe-leather" school of scholarship, in which the scholar found important sources of information not only through catalogs or indexes but also by walking the stacks of the library. Such an approach would be hindered when large portions of a library's collection were stored off-site, accessible only through catalog records and inter-campus loans. Therefore Dr. Galbraith felt that the new plans for the U.C. library system were detrimental to library research at all but the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses.

Dr. Galbraith returned to UCSD in 1984, where he taught British Empire history until his retirement in 1987. He continued his involvement in university-wide affairs, and both he and his wife became important supporters of the Friends of the UCSD Library.

During his career, Dr. Galbraith succeeded in combining important scholarly work with an active involvement in administration and university policy-making. His many publications include THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY AS AN IMPERIAL FACTOR (1957), THE RELUCTANT EMPIRE (1963), MACKINNON AND EAST AFRICA (1972), CROWN AND CHARTER (1974), and THE LITTLE EMPEROR (1976). His studies took him to England, Africa, Canada, and Australia, where he conducted research and lectured. He received many prestigious fellowships and grants, including a Ford Foundation Grant (1955-1956), a Social Science Research Council Fellowship (1959-1960), the Smuts Visiting Fellowship (1968-1969), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1973-1974), and a Distinguished Fulbright Professorship (1980). In February 1977 he was elected as a member of the London Atheneum, and in May 1978 he was chosen as a UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer.

Scope and Content

Accessions Processed in 1988

The collection documents the many facets of John S. Galbraith's professional life, including materials relating to his teaching, administration, writing, and scholarship. There are few materials relating to Galbraith's personal and family life, although there is much in the collection documenting his personal friendships with colleagues. Among other things, the collection illustrates the careful methodology employed by Galbraith in his research, and the correspondence reveals the warm personal interest he showed toward his students. Although there are some materials from the 1940s and early 1950s, the bulk of the collection dates from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.


The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged in two subseries: A) General Correspondence and B) Correspondence and Subject Files. The General Correspondence includes letters from many of Galbraith's colleagues among academic historians, including Robin Winks, Helen Manning, Leonard Thompson, Geoffrey Barraclough, Ross Livingston, Gerald Graham, and John Ward. Letters from many of Galbraith's doctoral students are also included.

Of special interest are letters from Oliver Pollak during the 1970s. Pollak taught in South Africa, and he discussed in his letters the political problems which beset the region. Also of interest is an exchange, dated August-September 1978, between Galbraith and H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, former chief of staff to President Richard Nixon. One letter, called "The Haldeman Proposal," was written in August 1978 during Haldeman's incarceration at Lompoc. In the letter, Haldeman proposed to teach a course in the "Modern Presidency" at a UC campus. Subjects for the course would have included "White Collar Crime" and "The Federal Prison System."

Also found in the CORRESPONDENCE are letters providing insights into the administration and activities of the University of California, especially into the University's sometimes rough and tumble politics. For example, professor Randy Wedding of UC Riverside wrote a multi-page letter to Galbraith in October of 1977. Wedding decried the Academic Senate's loss of power and outlined a plan to "scare the hell out of the president [David Saxon]." Another example is Galbraith's letter of August 1963 to UCLA chancellor Murphy, in which Galbraith discusses the process used to determine the "distinguished teacher awards."

Other highlights of the General Correspondence include: a letter to UCSD administrator Patrick Ledden from Warner Liendenmann, dated December 11, 1979, stating that Galbraith accepted the UCSD chancellorship on the condition that the UCSD Library become one of the UC system's three major libraries; a letter from the chairman of the California Democratic Party, October 10, 1981, requesting Galbraith's help in drafting the party platform; and a memo of congratulation from UC president David Saxon on Galbraith's promotion to "above-scale" salary.

The BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION includes a transcript of a detailed oral history interview. The interview, conducted by Harry Tuchmayer in 1985, covers many issues that arose during Galbraith's tenure as a professor of history and as chancellor at UCSD. Also included is a letter of recommendation from Galbraith's friend Gene Anderson.

The RECOMMENDATIONS series is restricted.

Accession Processed in 1994

The accession processed in 1994 contains recent correspondence (1992-1993), several UCSD committee files, newspaper clippings regarding Angela Davis, and Galbraith's speech for the dedication of Galbraith Hall. The materials are arranged alphabetically.

Accessions Processed in 1997

The accessions processed in 1997 consist primarily of copies of journal articles written by John S. Galbraith between 1948 and 1989. A variety of American and international journals are represented. Additionally, materials include a few unpublished works, speeches, and course outlines, as well as some correspondence and newspaper clippings about Galbraith.



The first series, PUBLISHED ARTICLES, comprises over half the bulk of the accessions and offers a large sample of the journal articles Galbraith published throughout his extensive career as a historian. The articles are arranged in alphabetical order.


The SPEECHES series contains three speeches given between 1963 and 1979 pertaining to anti-imperialism, the importance of libraries and the role of the historian. The speeches are arranged in alphabetical order.


The UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS series contains Galbraith's master's thesis and a copy of his memoirs.


The fourth series, COURSE OUTLINES, holds lecture notes for two courses in European history.


The final series, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, contains a variety of items including newspaper clippings, correspondence, a program, and research notes from an unidentified project. The items are arranged in alphabetical order.

Accessions Processed in 1988


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11 General, 1948 - 1949.
12 General, 1950 - 1955.
13 General, 1956 - 1958.
14 General, 1959.
15 General, 1960.
16 General, 1961 - 1962.
17 General, 1963 - 1964.
21 General, 1965. January - May.
22 General, 1965. June - October.
23 General, 1965. November - December.
24 General, 1966. January - July.
25 General, 1966. August - December.
26 General. January 1967 - March 1968.
27 General. December 1968 - June 1970.
31 General, 1970.
32 General, 1971. January - May.
33 General, 1971. June - December.
34 General, 1972. January - May.
35 General, 1972. June - December.
36 General, 1973. January - June.
37 General, 1973. July - December.
38 General, 1974. January - May.
39 General, 1974. June - December.
41 General, 1975. January - June.
42 General, 1975. July - December.
43 General. January 1976 - June 1977.
44 General, 1977. July - October.
45 General, 1977. November - December.
46 General, 1978. January - August.
47 General. September 1978 - August 1979.
48 General. September 1979 - August 1980.
51 General. October 1980 - February 1981.
52 General, 1981. March - December.
53 General, 1982.
54 General, 1983. January - May.
55 General, 1983. June - October.
56 General. November 1983 - April 1984.
57 General, 1984. May - December.
61 General, 1985 - 1988.
62 General. Undated.

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63 Admissions Standards -- Board of Regents Actions, 1977. Including publicity, transcript of Regents' discussion and statements by Galbraith.
64 Congratulations on Galbraith's Award of Faculty Research Lectureship, 1977 - 1978. Also includes comments on lecture.
65 Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs, 1969 - 1970.
66 Galbraith's Return to UCSD, 1982 - 1983.
67 Oral History Interview, 1980 - 1985. Includes contract and letters.
68 Salmon Library Development Plan, 1976 - 1977.
69 Salmon Library Development Plan, 1976 - 1977.
610 Task Force to Reconsider 1966 University Growth Plan - Part 1, 1970 - 1971.
71 Task Force to Reconsider 1966 University Growth Plan - Part 2, 1970 - 1971.
72 Task Force to Reconsider 1966 University Growth Plan - Part 3, 1970 - 1971.
73 Task Force to Reconsider 1966 University Growth Plan - Part 4, 1970 - 1971.
74 U.C. Committee on Educational Policy, 1969 - 1970. Includes "Report on Visit to British Universities" (1964).
75 U.C. Committee on Educational Policy, 1969 - 1970. Includes "Report on Visit to British Universities" (1964).
76 U.C. Committee on Educational Policy, 1969 - 1970. Includes "Report on Visit to British Universities" (1964).


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77 Two outlines of professional seminars. Also includes invitations to Galbraith's Inaugural Ball (1965) and copies of program for American Historical Association Meeting (1965) with Galbraith as President.


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78 Pocket calendar, 1985. Also includes a review, by Galbraith, of ENGLAND'S MISSION by C.C. Eldridge; payroll receipts and a poem entitled "The Black Man's Burden" by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
79 Clippings collected by Galbraith, 1951 - 1988.
710 Certificates and awards.
711 Certificates and awards.


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712 UCSD Library Dedication, 1970. Also includes "Confessions (mostly true) of a Re-born Historian", 1989. With press kit.
713 Commencement, Revelle College, UCSD, 1985. Also includes Management Retreat: UCSD: An Assessment by Its Leaders.


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714 Photographs. Galbraith and the UCSD Central Library; Galbraith's Aunt and Uncle; Huttenback Inaugural, UCSB; Standard Oil Tour.


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81 Oral History Interview, by Harry Tuchmayer.
82 Biobibliographies, Grant Applications, Curriculum Vitae. Also includes 1945 Air Force Sharpshooter Roster.
83 Biographical Sketch of Laura Galbraith.
84 WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD, Certificate of Listing.
85 Pictorial Essay on UCSD in SAN DIEGO Magazine, 1978.
86 UCSD Library: Second Class Citizen?. Article in SAN DIEGO Magazine, March 1985, with interview of Galbraith.
87 Letter of recommendation for Galbraith. December 1963, and from the State University of Iowa 1938-1940.
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88 Articles in which Galbraith's books are mentioned.
89 Reviews of Galbraith's books.
810 Reviews of Galbraith's books.
811 Reviews of Galbraith's books.
812 Reviews of Galbraith's books.
813 Reviews of Galbraith's books.
814 Reviews of Galbraith's books.
815 Research notes on the "Ellice-Bidwell" Letters. For Books on the Hudson's Bay Company.
816 Little Emperor. Magazine article published in 1960.


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91 Candidates for position as Professor of History at UCLA, 1984.
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92 R.H. file.
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93 General, A-Co.
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94 General, Cr-G.
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95 General, H-L.
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96 General, M.
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97 General, N-R.
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98 General, S-T.
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99 General, V-Z.
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101 Correspondence, 1992 - 1993.
102 Academic Planning and Program Review Board: Minutes, 1972.
103 Academic Senate Committee, 1969, 1977, 1981-1983.
104 Newspaper clippings regarding Angela Davis. September 16, 1969 and October 22, 1969.
105 Speech - Dedication of Galbraith Hall. April 23, 1989.
106 Miscellaneous educational materials. Also includes course description for History 176, 1985 and a certificate from the Board of Education, 1953.

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111 Apartheid as Seen by an American. NEW COMMONWEALTH (29 October 1956): 417-418.
112 Appointment of Francis Bond Head: A New Insight. CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 42 (March 1961): 50-52.
113 Britain and American Railway Promoters in Late Nineteenth Century Persia. ALBION 21 (Summer 1989): 248-262.
114 British-American Competition in the Border Fur Trade of the 1820s. MINNESOTA HISTORY 36 (September 1959): 241-249.
115 British and Americans at Fort Nisqually, 1846-1859. PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUARTERLY 41 (April 1950): 109-120.
116 British Occupation of Egypt: Another View. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES 9 (1978): 471-488.
117 British Policy on Railways in Persia, 1870-1900. MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES: 480-505.
118 British South Africa Company and the Jameson Raid. THE JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 10 (November 1970): 145-161.
119 Bulwar-Lytton's Ultimatim. THE BEAVER 268 (Spring 1958): 20-24.
1110 Bureaucracies at War: The British in the Middle East in the First World War. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: 102-125.
1111 Cecil Rhodes and His 'Cosmic Dreams': A Reassessment. THE JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY 1 (January 1973): 173-189.
1112 Charting of the British North Borneo Company. THE JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 4 (May 1965): 102-126.
1113 Conflict on Puget Sound. THE BEAVER 281 (March 1951): 18-22.
1114 Down Under: The Underpopulated Dominions. CURRENT HISTORY 25 (December 1953): 344-349.
1115 Early History of the Peel River Land and Mineral Company: The P.G. King Era. AUSTRALIAN ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW 22 (March 1982): 28-48.
1116 Early History of the Puget's Sound Agricultural Company. OREGON HISTORICAL QUARTERLY 55 (September 1954): 234-259.
1117 Economic Development in the High Commission Territories. NEW COMMONWEALTH (7 January 1957): 10-12.
1118 Edward "Bear" Ellice. THE BEAVER 285 (Summer 1954): 26-29.
1119 Empire Since 1783. In THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE - COMMON WEALTH. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, 1966.
1120 Engine without a Governor: The Early Years of the British South Africa Company. RHODESIAN HISTORY 1 (1970): 9-16.
1121 Enigma of Sir George Simpson. THE BEAVER 306 (Spring 1976): 4-9.
1122 France as a Factor in the Oregon Negotiations. PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUARTERLY 44 (April 1953): 69-73.
1123 George N. Sanders, "Influence Man" for the Hudson's Bay Company. OREGON HISTORICAL QUARTERLY 53 (September 1952): 159-176.
1124 Gordon, Mackinnon, and Leopold: The Scramble for Africa, 1876-84. VICTORIAN STUDIES 14 (June 1971): 369-388.
1125 Government Has Retreated to Painless Apartheid. JOHANNESBURG STAR, 21 November, 1956.
1126 Hudson's Bay Company Under Fire, 1847-1862. THE CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW (December 1949): 322-335.
1127 Hudson's Bay Land Controversy, 1863-1869. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY HISTORICAL REVIEW 36 (December 1949): 457-478.
1128 Imperial Conference of 1921 and the Washington Conference. THE LONDON HISTORICAL REVIEW (June 1948): 143-152.
1129 Italy, the British East Africa Company, and the Benadir Coast, 1888-1893. JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY 42 (December 1970): 549-563.
1130 James Edward Fitzgerald Versus the Hudson Bay Company: The Founding of Vancouver Island. BRITISH COLUMBIA HISTORICAL QUARTERLY 16 (July - October 1952): 191-207.
1131 Land Policies of the Hudson's Bay Company, 1870-1915. THE CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 32 (March 1951): 1-21.
1132 Little Emperor. THE BEAVER 291 (Winter 1960): 22-28.
1133 Little Englanders. CURRENT HISTORY 27 (December 1954): 353-357.
1134 Myths of the "Little England" Era. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 67 (October 1961): 34-48.
121 Note on the British Fur Trade in California, 1821-1846. THE PACIFIC HISTORICAL REVIEW 24 (August 1955): 253-260.
122 Note on the Mackenzie Negotiations with the Hudson's Bay Company, 1875-1878. THE CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 31 (March 1953): 39-45.
123 Origins of the British South Africa Company. In John Flint and Glyndwr Williams eds.. PERSPECTIVES OF EMPIRE: ESSAYS PRESENTED TO GERALD S. GRAHAM Longman Group Ltd, 1973: 148-171.
124 Pamphlet Campaign on the Boer War. THE JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY 24 (June 1952): 111-126.
125 Perry McDonough Collins at the Colonial Office. BRITISH COLUMBIA HISTORICAL QUARTERLY 17 (July-October 1953): 207-214.
126 South Africa's Racial Nightmare. BEST ARTICLES AND STORIES 3 (May 1959): 9-14.
127 Tragedy of South Africa. THE WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW 13 (Summer 1959): 265-282.
128 Trail of Arabi Pasha. THE JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY 7 (May 1979): 274-292.
129 Turbulent Frontier As a Factor in British Expansion. COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY 2 (January 1960): 150-168.
1210 Unfinished Business. THE LITERARY FRONTIER (June 1958): 21-22.
1211 United States and Ireland, 1916-20. THE SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 46 (April 1947): 192-203.
1212 United States, Britain, and the Creation of the Irish Free State. THE SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 48 (October 1949): 566-574.
1213 Unruhigess Grenze als Faktor britischer Expansion. SONDERDRUCK AUS ALBERTINI-MODERNE KOLONIALGESCHICHTE: 41-59.
1214 Book reviews by Galbraith, 1987 - 1990.


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1215 Anti-Imperialism in an Imperial Era: A Blunt Assessment of Victorian Britain, 1979.
1216 Historian's Viewpoint on University Libraries, 1968.
1217 Some Throughts on the Profession of History, 1963.


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1218 Oregon Crisis.
1219 Political and Economic Relations of the United States with Czecho-Slovakia, 1939. Master's thesis, p. i-144.
1220 Political and Economic Relations of the United States with Czecho-Slovakia, 1939. Master's thesis, p. 145-308.
1221 Recollections of John Galbraith.


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1222 European History, 1947.
1223 Royal Military College - "The Campaign in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918". Lecture series.


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1224 Correspondence, 1964 - 1992.
1225 Newspaper clippings.
1226 Program for the inauguration ceremony of Chancellor Galbraith, 1965.
131 Research notes.

Finding aid generated: 2005-10-28