John T. Horton papers
Papers, circa 1920 1979, of John T. Horton, Professor of History and chairman of the Department of History and Government at the University of Buffalo, consisting of scrapbooks, correspondence, articles, clippings, certificates, photographs and other materials pertaining to his career as a historian, his activities at the University of Buffalo and other personal and civic interests.
Materials concerning the University of Buffalo include minutes of the Dept. of History and Government, 1950-1958, correspondence and memoranda about the creation of the Political Science Department, 1960-1962; correspondence and other materials concerning classics professor Edward G. Schauroth, 1954-1955; correspondence with Julius Pratt; programs and other materials about Phi Beta Kappa, 1938-1952; letters to Horton on his retirement as chairman of the History Department in 1967 and on his retirement from teaching in 1973; and other items.
The papers include letters, speeches and newspaper clippings concerning Horton's active involvement with the Niagara Frontier Defense Committee in 1940-1941, which advocated active United States involvement on the side of the Allies in World War II, and his work to raise money for the British American Ambulance Corps in 1941-1942.
Horton's work as a historian is represented by letters concerning his book, James Kent: A Study in Conservatism, 1763-1847 (1939), copies of various articles and speeches, and reports and other materials, 1949-1951, from the New York State Regents Advisory Committee on the Teaching of History.
Also included in the papers is a genealogy of the Horton family. The scrapbooks include clippings, photographs, letters and other materials on the Horton family and Richburg, New York in the nineteenth century.
- circa 1920-1979
- Horton, John Theodore (Person)
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2.38 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 half box, 3 scrapbooks )
Born September 29, 1902 in Bolivar, New York, John T. Horton received his B.A. degree in 1926 from the University of Buffalo. He earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Harvard University in 1929 and 1935 respectively. Horton began his teaching career after graduating from the University of Buffalo and was appointed a regular faculty position in 1946. Two years later he became Chairman of the Department of History and Government, serving in that position until 1967.
Horton taught in the areas of Federal, State, and Local Government, and New York State History, and was known to be an expert on the history of the Niagara Frontier. His book, James Kent: A Study in Conservatism, was awarded the Albert J. Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association in 1939. Horton was the 1971 recipient of the University at Buffalo's Samuel P. Capen Alumni Award for his many years of service as a scholar, administrator, and teacher at the University. He retired from teaching in 1973 as Professor Emeritus and received the 1974 Augsperger Local History Award from the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
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Finding aid encoded by Sheryl Saxby, July 2006
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