Douglas Edward Leach Papers
Scope and Content Note
The largest part of the collection, Series I, contained in five boxes, consists of correspondence. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s last names and, following Dr. Leach’s filing pattern, letters to and from him and the letters in reply, are grouped together as they were sent or received in chronological order. Of particular interest is his correspondence with Alexander Heard and Samuel Eliot Morison.
Series II, in two boxes, is a collection of Dr. Leach’s class notes, exams, and resource materials used in his classroom teaching.
Series III, in one box, consists of lectures, both in outline and in manuscript from. Dr. Leach presented these lectures to professional and community groups between 1951 and 1994.
Series IV, in two boxes, is a collection of materials pertaining to Dr. Leach’s involvement in professional organizations, such as the American Historical Association. It also contains materials dealing with his direction of the Vanderbilt-in-England program. Particularly interesting is his correspondence with David B. Quinn, the British historian, concerning Quinn’s honorary membership in the American Historical Association.
Series V, in three boxes, is composed of the materials concerning Dr. Leach’s publications. There are manuscripts, research materials, correspondence, contracts, and reviews of his books and articles.
Language of Materials
Leach began his career as a history professor at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, where he taught from 1950 until 1956. In 1956, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University where he remained until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Leach was a leading authority on 17th century colonial American history. His books include Flintlock and Tomahawk: New England in King Philip’s War; The Northern Colonial Frontier, 1607-1763; Arms for Empire: A Military History of the British Colonies in North America, 1607-1763; and Roots of Conflict: British Armed Forces and Colonial America, 1677-1763.
Among his numerous scholarly achievements were Fulbright Lectureships at the Universities of Liverpool, England and Auckland, New Zealand, and the Harvey Branscomb Distinguished Professorship in 1981-1982. He chaired Vanderbilt’s Department of History from 1979 until 1982, and directed the Vanderbilt-in-England Program at the University of Leeds in 1974-1975.
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