Denna Frank Fleming Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0142

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The papers of Denna F. Fleming include material from several areas of his life and work -- those of teacher, writer, political scientist, and concerned citizen. The correspondence files, an excellent source of information, cover the period from 1930-1974 and include both personal and professional material. Dr. Fleming’s work as a teacher is represented by student papers, course outlines, examinations, and correspondence concerning university activities. Examples of his writing include reprints from published articles, several book manuscripts, and book reviews. He published frequently in publications such as The Western Political Quarterly, Events, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, The Nation, British Weekly, and War/Peace Report.

From 1939 to 1947, Fleming presented a series of weekly radio programs broadcast from WSM over much of the United States concerning events leading up to, during, and after the World War II. The programs were favorably received and many of them were collected and published in the book While America Slept. Transcripts of most of these broadcasts are in the collection.

Files on international and national organizations in which Fleming had an interest show a concern about the Vietnam War and the possibilities of a third world war. Committed to peace, Fleming supported numerous organizations including the American Association for the United Nations, Inc., the Arms Control Association, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Fund for Peace.

Professor Fleming had a large collection of clippings on topics such as Vietnam, Cambodia, China-U.S. relations, U.S.-U.S.S.R. relations, and atomic weapons. The clippings were taken from the following publications: Newsweek, Ramparts, New York Times, New Republic, New Yorker, Tennessean, ILFL, Stone’s Bi-weekly, Between the Lines, Nation, Foreign Affairs, Congressional Record, The Progressive, War/Peace Report, Wall Street Journal, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Commentary, Look, Atlantic Monthly, Nucleus, New World Review, Minority of One, and Saturday Review. The clippings were removed from the collection.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1974

Denna Frank Fleming -- Chronology

  • 1893 Born in Paris, Illinois to Albert and Eleanor McCormack Fleming, March 25
  • 1905-1912 Eastern Illinois State College
  • 1912-1914 Principal of High School, Hume, Illinois
  • 1916 High School Teacher, Freeport, Illinois
  • A.B., University of Illinois
  • 1917 High School Teacher, Walla Walla, Washington
  • 1918 Aircraft Machine Gun Instructor in France
  • 1919-1921 Superintendent of Schools, Tonica, Illinois
  • 1920 A.M., University of Illinois
  • 1921-1922 Superintendent of Schools, Colfax, Illinois
  • 1922-1923 Assistant Professor, Monmouth College
  • 1923-1924 Associate Professor, Monmouth College
  • 1924-1927 Professor & Head of Department, Monmouth College
  • 1926-1927 Summer Instructor, Iowa State Teachers College
  • 1928 Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • 1928 30 - Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • 1929 Married Doris Anundson, June 29
  • 1930-1938 Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • 1932-1933 Penfield Traveling Scholar. Attended Disarmament Convention in Geneva
  • 1932 Published the United States and the League of Nations
  • 1934-1937 Columnist for Nashville Tennessean
  • 1935 Attended talks on the Ethiopian Crisis, Geneva
  • 1938 Professor, Vanderbilt; in London during the Munich Crisis
  • Published The United States and World Organization
  • 1938-1939 Penfield Traveling Scholar
  • 1937-1947 Foreign Affairs commentator for Radio Station WSM, Nashville
  • 1940-1951 Head of the Political Science Department, Vanderbilt University
  • 1941 President of the Southern Political Science Association
  • 1943 Vice-President of the American Political Science Association
  • 1945 Published The United States and the World Court
  • Founded the Nashville chapter of the Association for the United Nations
  • 1946 Member of Bernard Baruch’s staff in the State Department during the atomic energy negotiations with the U.S.S.R.
  • 1946, 1948-49 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 1949 Honorary degree, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • 1950-1955 Board of Directors, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
  • 1951 Research Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • 1952-1960 Columnist for Classmate (Methodist Publication)
  • 1954-1957 Executive Council, The American Association of University Professors
  • 1954 Fulbright Lecturer, Cambridge
  • 1956 Delegate to the Fifth National Conference of the U.S. National Convention for UNESCO for the AAUP
  • 1956-1962 Columnist for the British Weekly
  • 1957 Phi Beta Kappa Associates
  • 1959-1960 Fulbirght Lecturer, Indian School of International Studies, New Delhi
  • 1961 Retired from Vanderbilt University
  • Published The Cold War and Its Origins
  • 1964 Visiting Lecturer, University of Arizona
  • 1965 Visiting Lecturer, California State College at Los Angeles
  • 1966 Visiting Professor, University of Arizona
  • 1969 Visiting Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1980 Died, September 03, age 87, in Nashville
1893
Born in Paris, Illinois to Albert and Eleanor McCormack Fleming, March 25
1905-1912
Eastern Illinois State College
1912-1914
Principal of High School, Hume, Illinois
1916
High School Teacher, Freeport, Illinois
A.B., University of Illinois
1917
High School Teacher, Walla Walla, Washington
1918
Aircraft Machine Gun Instructor in France
1919-1921
Superintendent of Schools, Tonica, Illinois
1920
A.M., University of Illinois
1921-1922
Superintendent of Schools, Colfax, Illinois
1922-1923
Assistant Professor, Monmouth College
1923-1924
Associate Professor, Monmouth College
1924-1927
Professor & Head of Department, Monmouth College
1926-1927
Summer Instructor, Iowa State Teachers College
1928
Ph.D., University of Illinois
1928
30 - Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
1929
Married Doris Anundson, June 29
1930-1938
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University
1932-1933
Penfield Traveling Scholar. Attended Disarmament Convention in Geneva
1932
Published the United States and the League of Nations
1934-1937
Columnist for Nashville Tennessean
1935
Attended talks on the Ethiopian Crisis, Geneva
1938
Professor, Vanderbilt; in London during the Munich Crisis
Published The United States and World Organization
1938-1939
Penfield Traveling Scholar
1937-1947
Foreign Affairs commentator for Radio Station WSM, Nashville
1940-1951
Head of the Political Science Department, Vanderbilt University
1941
President of the Southern Political Science Association
1943
Vice-President of the American Political Science Association
1945
Published The United States and the World Court
Founded the Nashville chapter of the Association for the United Nations
1946
Member of Bernard Baruch’s staff in the State Department during the atomic energy negotiations with the U.S.S.R.
1946, 1948-49
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
1949
Honorary degree, Ph.D., University of Illinois
1950-1955
Board of Directors, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
1951
Research Professor, Vanderbilt University
1952-1960
Columnist for Classmate (Methodist Publication)
1954-1957
Executive Council, The American Association of University Professors
1954
Fulbright Lecturer, Cambridge
1956
Delegate to the Fifth National Conference of the U.S. National Convention for UNESCO for the AAUP
1956-1962
Columnist for the British Weekly
1957
Phi Beta Kappa Associates
1959-1960
Fulbirght Lecturer, Indian School of International Studies, New Delhi
1961
Retired from Vanderbilt University
Published The Cold War and Its Origins
1964
Visiting Lecturer, University of Arizona
1965
Visiting Lecturer, California State College at Los Angeles
1966
Visiting Professor, University of Arizona
1969
Visiting Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.
1980
Died, September 03, age 87, in Nashville

Extent

8.76 Linear Feet (21 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The papers of Denna F. Fleming include material from several areas of his life and work - those of teacher, writer, political scientist, and concerned citizen. They cover the years 1930-1974.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Denna F. Fleming papers were given to the Vanderbilt University Library by Mrs. Fleming in February 1981. The material is contained in twenty-one Hollinger boxes and measures 8.76 cubic feet (approximately 15,750 pages)
Title
Finding Aid for the Denna Frank Fleming Papers
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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