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Department of History Records

Identifier: U041


Collection contains slides, programs, booklets, bibliographies, department minutes, memos, and student papers related to the Department of History at the University of Denver.


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Biographical / Historical

The University of Denver has offered history courses as early as 1891 as part of the College of Liberal Arts. At the time, there were no tenured professors in history, but D. T. Wilson served as Associate Professor of History as the only professor in the discipline. By 1912, students could major in History and Sociology, and this is the first recorded year that freshmen were required to take at least one history course. By 1930, students could major in history as well as several interdisciplinary “focuses,” including political science, sociology, and international relations. At this time, history courses were also offered in economics programs.

In 1942, a restructuring of university departments moved the history department to the College of Arts and Sciences, under the Social Sciences Division. By 1944, the first scholarships in history are available. In 1983, the University celebrated the establishment of a Master of Arts in History and Preservation. This diversified the understanding of the history field and broadened career opportunities for DU graduate students. In 1984, the College of Arts and Sciences under which the history department operated was dissolved. There is no documentation to indicate that the history department was organized under another entity for 34 years.

In 2018, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences was established to unite a variety of departments under one title. This decision served to honor the interdisciplinary nature of history and its ever-changing position within academia. At the same time, CAHSS also launched their Keystone Strategic Plan, which focuses on interdisciplinary, inclusive education in the humanities and social sciences that integrates college with community.


19.25 Linear Feet (26 containers)


The collection is unarranged.


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Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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