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Leonidas Dodson PapersUPT 50 D647

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Summary Information

Date [inclusive]
1935-1969
Extent
5.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Gift of Leonidas Dodson, 1976.

ARRANGEMENT

This is an unprocessed collection. A rough inventory is available in the Archives.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Born in 1900 in Belle River, Prince Edward Island, Canada, he attended Queens College, Taunton, England and Riverside (CA) High School before entering Whittier College in 1918. He was graduated from Whittier in 1923 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, received the degree of Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin in 1924, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Iowa State University in 1927.

While in graduate school, he worked as an college history instructor and high school teacher. After receiving his Ph.D., he was appointed as Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Dakota in 1927, but he left the Midwest for the East Coast, working at Princeton University and then the University of Pennsylvania as an Instructor in History. He also taught during the summers at Iowa State and the University of Oregon. In 1937, he was appointed Assistant Professor of History in 1937. He was given the additional appointment of University Archivist in 1945. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of History in 1971. He retired from the University later in that year.

Dodson’s primary research interest besides the history of the University of Pennsylvania was the colonial history of Pennsylvania and Virginia, upon which he wrote several articles and edited and wrote a few books. He died in 1977.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Penn in World War II Series contains files and correspondence compiled by Dodson during and after the war in order to write a history of the University’s participation. These files were originally part of UPA 10. Additional files relating to Penn’s World War II activities can be found in UPA 7.1M and UPA 3

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
University of Pennsylvania. Dept. of History.
University of Pennsylvania. — General subdivision–Archives.;
Geographic Name(s)
United States–History–Study and teaching (Higher).
Occupation(s)
Archivists.
Historians.

Inventory

 

General File 

Box

Folder

A, Correspondence 

 1

 

Am, Correspondence 

 1

 

American Academy of Political and Social Science 

 1

 

American Civilization – Colonial History Award 

 1

 

American Council of Learned Societies 

 1

 

American Historical Association 

 1

 

American Historical Association Newsletter 

 1

 

American Philosophical Society 

 1

 

Archives – University – Idiosyncrasies 

 1

 

Archives – University – Orientation by Dr. Nichols 

 1

 

Archives – University – The Archivist 

 1

 

B – Correspondence 

 1

 

Bartlett, R. J. 

 1

 

Be – Correspondence 

 1

 

Br – Accessions 

 1

 

Brage Books – Leonidas Dodson 

 1

 

Brand, Robert 

 1

 

Brookings Institution 

 1

 

C, Correspondence 

 1

 

Ch, Correspondence 

 1

 

Cl, Correspondence 

 1

 

Co, Correspondence 

 1

 

Cu, Correspondence 

 1

 

Curriculum 

 1

 

D, Correspondence 

 1

 

Dhliwayo, Selby A.K. 

 1

 

Di, – Correspondence 

 1

 

Dissertations – Supervision 

 1

 

Do – Correspondence 

 1

 

Dodson, Vital Statistics 

 1

 

Dow, Marion E. 

 1

 

E – Correspondence 

 1

 

East Carolina University 

 1

 

Educational Survey – Study of the Social Sciences 

 1

 

Eldridge, Laurence H,, Esq. 

 1

 

Evaluation Questionnaire Blanks 

 1

 

F – Correspondence 

 1

 

Faculty Activities Report 

 1

 

Faculty Club Board of Governors 

 1

 

Foreign Policy Association 

 1

 

Free Library of Philadelphia 

 1

 

Free Speech and Lawful Assembly 

 1

 

Furber, Holden 

 1

 

G Correspondence 

 1

 

Go Correspondence 

 1

 

Graduate School – Report of Committee on Policy 

 1

 

Graduate School Committee on Instruction 

 1

 

Graduate School Humanities Division 

 1

 

Graduate School International Relations 

 1

 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

 1

 

H – Correspondence 

 1

 

Hires, William L. 

 1

 

Historical Societies of Pennsylvania 

 1

 

History American 

 1

 

History Canadian 

 1

 

History Department – Committee on the Archives 

 1

 

I – Correspondence 

 1

 

International Relations 

 1

 

J – Correspondence 

 1

 

Johnston, Charles 

 1

 

K – Correspondence 

 1

 

Kleber, Brook E. 

 1

 

L – Correspondence 

 1

 

Lenape Club 

 1

 

Leys, Major J. F. 

 1

 

Li Correspondence 

 1

 

M Correspondence 

 1

 

Mamuya, Matthew S. 

 1

 

Mariboe, William H. 

 1

 

Me – Correspondence 

 1

 

Mississippi Valley Historical Review 

 1

 

Mo – Correspondence 

 1

 

Morrow 

 1

 

Mother Mary Malachy 

 1

 

Mu – Correspondence 

 1

 

Mystic Seaport 

 1

 

Nayhouse, Jesse Correspondence 

 1

 

Nettles, Curtis 

 1

 

Newcomb, Ben K. 

 1

 

News Bureau 

 1

 

Nichols 

 1

 

Nicholson, Francis 

 1

 

Oaths of Allegiance 

 2

 

P – Correspondence 

 2

 

Parsons, William T. 

 2

 

Pennsylvania Historical Association 

 2

 

Pennsylvania History 

 2

 

Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation 

 2

 

Pennsylvania Statutes at Large, Vol. I 

 2

 

Personal 

 2

 

Po – Correspondence 

 2

 

Poltock – Thesis 

 2

 

Press – University – Case French Public Opinion 

 2

 

Press – University – Dr. Pickham 

 2

 

Press – University – History of the Crusades 

 2

 

Press – University – Mr. Soule 

 2

 

Press – University – Mr. Yoseloff 

 2

 

Press – University Committee Minutes 

 2

 

Preston, Malcomb G. 

 2

 

Preston, Ralph C. 

 2

 

Provost – Bibliography of Faculty Publication 

 2

 

Publications 

 2

 

R – Correspondence 

 2

 

Recommendations – Students 1962 

 2

 

Registrar 

 2

 

Research – Committee on Publication 

 2

 

Research Committee 

 2

 

Reviews – Books 

 2

 

Richards, A.N. – Memorabilia Committee 

 2

 

Ro – Correspondence 

 2

 

Royal Society 

 2

 

S – Correspondence 

 2

 

Schell, Herbert Dr. 

 2

 

Se – Correspondence 

 2

 

Sh – Correspondence 

 2

 

Sm – Correspondence 

 2

 

Society of American Archivists 

 2

 

South Dakota State University 

 2

 

St – Correspondence 

 2

 

Stassen, Harold F. 

 2

 

Statistics 

 2

 

Stone, Mark K. – Dissertation Supervision 

 2

 

Subversion 

 2

 

Sugimoto, Howard H. 

 2

 

T – Correspondence 

 2

 

T.I.A.A.-C.R.E.F. 

 2

 

Talks 

 2

 

Teaching 

 2

 

Text Books 

 2

 

Text Books – Desk Copies 

 2

 

Thomas, Ralph B. 

 2

 

Thompson, Glenn E. 

 2

 

U – Correspondence 

 2

 

University of Pa. – United Givers Fund 

 2

 

V – Correspondence 

 2

 

W – Correspondence 

 2

 

War History – Medical 

 2

 

War History at the University 

 2

 

Weiss, Elizabeth M. 

 2

 

Wi – Correspondence 

 2

 

Winterthur Museum 

 2

 

Y – Correspondence 

 2

 

Yale University 

 2

 

 

Reports 

Box

Folder

An Abstract, by departments of the extracurricular activities of the College Faculty 

1940-41 

 2

 

1941-42 

 2

 

1938-39 

 2

 

1939-40 

 2

 

1937-38 

 2

 

1936-37 

 2

 

1933-36 

 2

 

1942-43 

 2

 

Report on the Relation of Teaching manpower to the student load with reference to size of classes in the College undergraduate and graduate first term 

1937-38 

 2

 

1938-39 

 2

 

1939-40 

 2

 

1940-41 

 2

 

1941-42 

 2

 

Statistical Profile of the Class Entering in Sept. 1965 

 2

 

Summary of Conferences of the Medical Division of the University April 1961 

 2

 

 

Research Notes 

Box

Folder

Cards relating to research on University history (boxes 3 to 10) 

 3

 

 

Penn in World War II 

Box

Folder

Bicentennial Committee Printed Material ca. 1940 

11

1

Brief Statement of the Wartime Contributions of the University of Pennsylvania for Dr. Cornell M. Dorwlin 1949 July 11 

11

2

Department of Psychology 1941-1945 

11

3

Economics Publications 1943-1945 

11

4

Executive Committee Minutes 1946 

11

5

Gordon, William Richard 1947 

11

6

Japanese Student Admissions 1942-1948 

11

7

Karabasz, Victor S., “A Brief History of the Production Management Division of Engineering, Science and Management Defense Training at the University of War Bond DrivesPennsylvania 1940 – 1945 1947 

11

8

Law School 1945-1947 

11

9

National Defence Research Committee Contractor’s Report 

11

10

Development of a Method for Testing the Resistance of Plastics to Fungus Attack OSRD Contract OEMsr-205 1945 October 31 

11

11

Fungus Fouling of Photographic Film OSRD Contract OEMsr205 1945 October 31 

11

12

Report on Methods of Testing Biological Deterioration of Service Materials OSRD Report No. 6056 1945 October 15 

11

13

Report on the Fungus Fouling of Optical Instruments OSRD Contract OEMsr-205 1944 September 30 

11

14

Seitz, F. and S. Pasternack, “The Principles of Crystal Rectifiers” OSRD Contract OERMsr-388 1942 June 10 

11

15

Studies on Methods of Testing Coating Materials for Resistance to Fungus Attack OSRD Contract OEMsr-205 1945 October 31 

11

16

Studies on Methods of Testing Hook-Up Wires for Resistance to Fungus Attack OSRD Contract OEMsr-205 1945 October 31 

11

17

Studies on Pure Culture Methods of Testing Fungus Deterioration of Textiles OSRD Contract OEMsr-205 1945 October 31 

11

18

Tropical Deterioration Testing Station at Barro Colorado Island OSRD Contract OEMsr-205 1945 October 31 

11

19

National Defence Research Committee Report 

11

20

Minutes of Conference on Research Conducted in the Canal Zone on the Fouling of Optical Instruments OSRD No. 1833 1943 July 27 

11

21

Summary Report – Subcommittee on Photographic Equipment and Supplies 1945 October 

11

22

Naval Aircraft Factory Report: Witmer, Enos E., “Use of the Earth’s Electric and Magnetic Fields for the Determination of the Drift and Groundspeed of Aircraft” 1946 April 9 

11

23

Naval Training Unit 1945-1946 

11

24

Office of Strategic Services 1945-1947 

11

25

Palmer, Gladys 1942-1945 

11

26

Pennsylvania Colleges at War 1943-1944 

11

27

Physical Education 1944-1946 

11

28

Prewar Activities 1945 

11

29

Printed Materials – General 1943-1946 

11

30

Printed Materials – University 1928-1945 

11

31

Professor Involvement Correspondence 1946-1947 

11

32

Senn, Alfred Correspondence 1942-1945 

11

33

Special Bulletin for Members of the Armed Forces 1945-1946 

11

34

Springer, Otto 1945-1946 

11

35

Towne Scientific School 1946-1948 

11

36

Towne Scientific School Brief Report for Harrisburg 1946 

11

37

Towne Scientific School Faculty 1945 

11

38

Treasurer 1943 

11

39

Trustees 1943 

11

40

University of Pennsylvania Press 1943 

11

41

War Bond Drives 1942-1945 

11

42

War History – Various 1946, 1967 

11

43

Wharton School 

 

 

 1943-1946 

11

44

Accounting – Faculty Activities 1946 

11

45

Activities Miscellaneous ca. 1946 

11

46

Business – Faculty Activities 1946 

11

47

Economic and Social Statistics – Faculty Activities 1946 

11

48

Economics – Faculty Activities 1945-1946 

11

49

Finance – Faculty Activities 1945-1947 

11

50

Follow Up 1947 

11

51

Geography and Industry – Faculty Activities 1945-1947 

11

52

Industrial Research Unit – Faculty Activities 1945-1947 

11

53

Industrial Research Unit – Who’s Who 1947 

11

54

Instructional Staff 1946 

11

55

Insurance – Faculty Activities 1944-1946 

11

56

Marketing and Finance – Faculty Activities 1945-1947 

11

57

Political Science – Faculty Activities 1944-1947 

11

58

S. S. Huebner Foundation 1941-1946 

11

59

Sociology – Faculty Activities 1946 

11

60

Transportation and Public Utilities – Faculty Activities 1946 

11

61