Journal Article

The Arrogance of the East: How Westerners Created a Region

Flannery Burke

in The Western Historical Quarterly

Published on behalf of Western History Association

Volume 49, issue 4, pages 383-407
Published in print October 2018 | ISSN: 0043-3810
Published online August 2018 | e-ISSN: 1939-8603 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/whq/why110
The Arrogance of the East: How Westerners Created a Region

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This article tells the story of the Harvard Commission on Western History (1912–1920) and its principal collector, Thomas P. Martin, a graduate student of Frederick Jackson Turner. Martin attempted to parlay his western background into donations to Harvard Library’s western history collection, but many westerners objected to sharing their archival material with an elite eastern institution. Martin’s correspondence reveals how western collectors viewed and imagined the U.S. East, suggesting an East of the imagination as rich in potential for study as the imagined West.

Journal Article.  11610 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Canadian History ; US History (Immigration and Ethnicity) ; Western US History ; Social and Cultural Anthropology ; Management of Land and Natural Resources (Social Science)

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