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Richard Hofstadter Anti-Intellectualism in American Life manuscript

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0003

Scope and Contents

Duplicate typescript of Richard Hofstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, published in 1964, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. The original typescript is housed at Columbia University.


  • 1964

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Richard Hofstadter Anti-Intellectualism in American Life manuscript, 1964, is open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Richard Hofstadter was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 6, 1916. He attended Buffalo public schools and received his B.A. from the University of Buffalo in 1937. He went on to Columbia to study law but changed course and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History in 1938 and 1942 respectively. He taught at the University of Maryland from 1942 to 1946 when he joined the History faculty at Columbia. He was promoted to full professor in 1952 and in 1959 was named De Witt Clinton Professor of History.
He was known nationally and internationally as an "extraordinarily creative historian" and was "probably the most influential American historian of the 1950s and 1960s."¹
In 1956 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Reform and in 1964 for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.
In 1936 Richard Hofstadter married Felice Swados whom he had met at the University at Buffalo. They had a son, Dan. Felice died of cancer in 1945. In 1947, he married Beatrice Kevitt who was also from Buffalo. They had a daughter, Sarah. Richard Hofstadter died from leukemia on October 24, 1970.
Readers are referred to the numerous biographical and bibliographical essays in folder 1.3 for more detailed information.

¹ Fass, Paula S., "Richard Hofstadter" in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century American Historians (1983) at p.217


.2 Linear Feet (1 half manuscript box)


Annotated typescript of Richard Hofstadter's book, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.


This collection is arranged in chapter order.

Acquisition Information

Papers were donated by Richard Hofstadter in December 1964.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Materials

30/3/1377 Richard Hofstadter papers, circa 1918-2006
MS 0603, Richard Hofstadter papers, 1944-1970, Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Vilz, December 2014.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, December 2014.


Finding Aid for the Richard Hofstadter Anti-Intellectualism in American Life manuscript
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz.
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Repository Details

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