Lyle W. Dorsett Papers
Lyle Wesley Dorsett (1938- ) served as Professor of History at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado from 1972-1983, specializing in urban history. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri in 1965. His dissertation on the political machine of Kansas City, Missouri Alderman Jim Pendergast was published in 1968 under the title The Pendergast machine. He taught at the University of Missouri, The University of Southern California and the University of Colorado at Denver before joining the University of Denver faculty. He wrote The Queen City: a History of Denver (1977) and The Pioneer Western Bank : First of Denver, 1860-1980. Students in Dorsett's classes at the University of Denver conducted interviews with people knowledgeable about the history of Denver and of Colorado. These interviews served as background for books and articles. In 1983 he accepted a position at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. A large portion of his writings from this time center on the life and philosophy of C.S. Lewis, which is one of the Wade Center's major collections. __The papers include notes, research materials, and manuscript for his book, The Queen City: a History of Denver; clippings, photocopies of journal articles, newspapers, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, a diary, scrapbook, annual reports, releases, oral history transcripts, audio cassette tapes, and microfilm.
- Majority of material found in 1972-1983
- Dorsett, Lyle W. (Person)
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Lyle Wesley Dorsett was born April 17, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his B.A. in history (1960) and M.A. in history (1962) from the University of Kansas City. He earned his Ph.D. in History in 1965 from the University of Missouri. His expertise was in Urban History. His dissertation on the political machine of Kansas City, Alderman Jim Pendergast, was published by the Oxford University Press in 1968 under the title The Pendergast Machine. He began his teaching career at the University of Missouri. He also taught briefly at the University of Southern California and the University of Colorado at Denver before joining the University of Denver faculty in 1972. He maintained his focus on the urban experience of America and wrote his book, Queen City: A History of Denver in 1977. His prolific writing also resulted in several articles each year and a total of ten books that he published prior to his resignation. He was also a gifted and active teacher, achieving tenure in 1974. Several of his students went on to be collaborators on research projects. At least three students earned doctorates and pursued careers as university professors. Dorsett left the University in October 1983 to accept a position at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Since that time he worked on a large portion of writings concerning the life and philosophy of the subject of one of the Wade Center’s major collections', C. S. Lewis. He has written several books on Lewis and his wife, as well as numerous articles.
6.5 Linear Feet (5 Record boxes and 2 flat boxes)
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