The Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1907–1952

Michael Kammen

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI:
The Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1907–1952

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This chapter focuses on the leadership and annual meetings of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA) from 1907–1952. Many of the most prominent early leaders of the MVHA devoted significant effort to building major collections of primary sources for their states and regions. Edward E. Dale, for instance, established the Western historical research collections at the University of Oklahoma. Theodore Blegen did much on behalf of collection development at the James Ford Bell Library of the University of Minnesota. Tom Clark earned recognition as the “father” of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. A top priority for the MVHA was improved connections among state historical agencies and institutions.

Keywords: Mississippi Valley Historical Association; leadership; annual meetings; American history; Tom Clark

Chapter.  7703 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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