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The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection

 

Finding Aid

Gerald Thompson Papers, 1969 to 1998

UM-99

Size: 3 linear feet


Provenance: Margaret Thompson, 2/15/99

Access: Open

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Condition: Good

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Janice Hackbush, March 1999; Savannah Xaver, February 2016

Historical/Biographical Sketch

A specialist in the history of the southwestern United States and Native American cultures, Dr. Gerald Thompson was born in Oakland, California in 1948 and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He attended the University of Arizona from which he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate of philosophy degrees in history. Dr. Thompson served from 1969 to 1975 with the Arizona Army National Guard.

He began his professional career as a counselor at the Arizona Department of Corrections (1970-1971). He then became a special research assistant to the Arizona Academy Project (1972). While at the University of Arizona as a graduate student, he was a teaching associate (1972-1975) and editorial assistant for Arizona and the West (1975-1978). He was an instructor at Pima College during the fall of his last year of college (1977). After obtaining his Ph.D. he was hired at the University of Toledo as an associate professor and became a full professor in 1988. He served as a visiting instructor at the University of Arizona (1984), and Arizona State University (1990). While at the University of Toledo, he was selected as editor of The Historian, a scholarly journal published by Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary.

Dr. Thompson published frequently in his area of expertise. His books include The Army and the Navajo: The Bosque Redondo Reservation Experiment, 1863-1868 (1982) and Edward F. Beale and the American West (1983). He published many articles in scholarly journals and presented numerous papers at professional conferences as well as being a frequent book reviewer. He also published a book with Larry D. Wilcox titled A Guide to history Related Microfilm Holdings at the University of Toledo (1986).

Dr. Thompson served on many committees at the University of Toledo. He was the director of graduate studies, and served on search committees both for the History Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. He received the Exceptional Merit Award, College of Arts and Sciences, in 1985 and 1991. Dr. Thompson was listed in the 45th ed. of Who’s Who in America. He also belonged to such honorary societies as Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta. He was also a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Arizona Historical Society, Western History Association, Society of California Pioneers, and the Ohio Academy of History.

Dr. Thompson died on May 2, 1998, ending his career as one of the top specialists in his field of study.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Gerald Thompson, professor of history at the University of Toledo from 1978 to 1998. The collection is arranged in four series, depending on subject matter, and spans the years 1969-1998.


 
Series List

S1

Professional Materials
This series contains items from his academic career at the University of Toledo and University of Arizona. Included are Dr. Thompson’s annual reports, documenting his professional accomplishments. Also included are UT Department of History Meeting minutes and bylaws, Phi Alpha theta history honorary information, and material regarding his editorship of The Historian. The series also contains personal and professional correspondence.

S2

Academic Classroom Materials
This series contains University of Arizona class notes created by Thompson while a student as well as syllabi, tests, lecture notes, and handouts for classes that he taught at UT.

S3

Scholarly Writings and Research

 

This series contains book reviews, conference papers, and journal articles written by Thompson spanning the years 1969-1995. Also included is information on his books, the Army and the Navajo, and Edward F. Beale and the American West. This consists of correspondence regarding these books as well as book reviews and publication information. Some research materials gathers for Edward F. Beale and the American West are included.

S4.

Later Materials

 

This series was an addition to the collection and consists of materials that Thompson kept in his personal filing cabinets in Tucker Hall, the Department of history. Series includes letters of recommendation, specific personal correspondence, sabbatical information, and other papers regarding his work in the department.

  

Folder List

Box

Folder

Item Description

 

 

S1. Professional Materials

1

1

University of Arizona Records

1

2

Gerald Thompson Vitae

1

3

Promotion- Nomination of Exceptional Merit Award

1

4

Annual Reports 1977-1978

1

5

Annual Reports 1983-1985

1

6

Annual Reports 1987-1988

1

7

Annual Reports 1993-1994

1

8

Annual Reports 1994-1995

1

9

Annual Reports 1995-1996

1

10

Annual Reports 1996-1997

1

11

History Department Meetings 1995-1997

1

12

Department of History Bylaws 1993

1

13

Department of History Bylaws 1993

1

14

Department of History Bylaws 1994

1

15

History Department Newsletter

1

16

Arts and Sciences Chairman 1985-1986 Elections Committee

1

17

Phi Alpha Theta Spring Banquet

1

18

Proposal to locate Historian at UT

1

19

Historian

1

20

Graduate Committee

1

21

Graduate Students

1

22

Arizona and the West Correspondence

1

23

Correspondence

1

24

Correspondence concerning Captain Calloway

1

25

Federal Forms, University of Arizona

1

26

University of Arizona job Application

1

27

Publicity Photo

 

 

S2. Academic Classroom Materials

1

28

University of Arizona Graduate Class Syllabi

1

29

Historiography of King Phillip’s War

1

30

Dissertation Proposal

1

31

University of Arizona Class Notes History of the Americas

1

32

UA Class Notes

1

33

UA Class Notes Government

1

34

UA Class Notes Arizona

1

35

UA Class Notes

1

36

UA Class Notes Revolution

1

37

UA Class Notes Mexico

1

38

UA Class Notes

1

39

UA Class Notes Old South

2

1

UA Class Notes Colonial United states

2

2

UA Class Notes Great American West

2

3

Teaching Practicum

2

4

Course Syllabi

2

5

Western Film List

2

6

Maps- Far West

2

7

21 Lessons of American Indian History

2

8

American Indian History- Course Proposal

2

9

American Indian History

2

10

Hist. 434/534- Far Western Frontier

2

11

Hist. 434/534- Far Western Frontier- Class Notes

2

12

History of Arizona

2

13

History of Arizona

2

14

Hist. 499/599 Western American Indians

2

15

Hist. 499/599 Western American Indians

2

16

Hist. 320 Latin American Colonial History

2

17

History and its Audience

2

18

Hist. 6920/8920 History Graduate Proseminar

2

19

Development and Proposal of Public history

2

20

Lecture Aids- Various Topics

2

21

The Gilded Age

2

22

Hist. 4340/5340 The American West

2

23

Hist. 1030 History to 1865

2

24

Hist. 1040 History from 1865

2

25

American West- Annotated bibliography

2

26

Hist. 430 Great Americans

2

27

Editing Articles, How To

 

 

S3. Scholarly Writings and Research

2

28

Report Evaluation- HRA Report on Mescalero Apache

2

29

Book Review List

2

30

Publications 1969, 1977-1983

2

31

Publications 1984-1985

2

32

Publications 1985-1986

2

33

Publications 1986-1987

2

34

Publications 1988-1989

2

35

Publications 1991-1992

2

36

Publications 1993-1994

2

37

Publications 1994-1995

3

1

Poetry

3

2

Harding Love Letters

3

3

The Indians of California from Observations in Office

3

4

“To the People of New Mexico” Carleton J.H.

3

5

Mining Laws- San Francisco District

3

6

Letters from Arizona Stacey, Mrs. Col. M.H.

3

7

40 Documents of the Freedom Train

3

8

“Custer as a Media Hero: A Commentary”

3

9

Ottawa Park History

3

10

WSSA Reno Conference 1996 “Mines and Newspapers”

3

11

Essay on Goodwin Knight- Dictionary of American Biography

3

12

Writing on Owen Wiser

3

13

Publication South Atlantic Quarterly

3

14

“Realism and Morality in The Virginian

3

15

“A Reconstruction of The Virginian’s Moral Values”

3

16

The Army and The Navajo Publication information

3

17

The Army and The Navajo Book Reviews

3

18

Edward F. Beale and Joaquin Miller

3

19

Edward F. Beale and the American West- Illustration and Press Release

3

20

Edward F. Beale and the American West- Correspondence

3

21

Edward F. Beale and the American West- Publication Agreement

3

22

Edward F. Beale and the American West- Book Reviews

3

23

Ohio Academy of History presentation of Beale Paper

3

24

Paper on Gunthrie McClintic

3

25

“Comments on Nineteenth Century Problems and Politics” WSSA Annual Convention 1997

3

26

“Wagons, Railroads, and Canals: The Opening of Beale Road 1857-1860” Arizona History Convention 1978

3

27

“The Colorado River Gold Rush, 1862” Western History Association Annual Conference 1984

3

28

“Indian Policy in Transition”

3

29

“Economics and the Frontier in American History”

3

30

J.H. Riley- WSSA Paper 1991

3

31

“The Significance of the Frontier in American History”

3

32

Arizona Reader Project

3

33

Manuscript Collection of Ohio Historical Society

3

34

“An Indian Department Swindle: The Navajo Appropriation of 1864”

3

35

“Another Look at Frontier/Western Historiography”

3

36

Citation Index for Scholarly Works of Dr. Thompson

3

37

Awards and honors for Gerald Thompson

 

 

S4. Later Materials

3

38

Awards

3

39

Bylaws and Elections 1996-1997

3

40

Department of History- Misc.

3

41

Department of History- Service

3

42

Functional Mission Statement: College of Arts and Sciences

3

43

Jeff Shepard

3

44

Letters of Recommendation 1996-1997

3

45

Michael Jakobson

3

46

Minutes- Faculty Meetings- Department of History

3

47

Post Sabbatical Report 1988

3

48

Public Service

3

49

Publications- 1995-1996

3

50

Publications- Acknowledgments

3

51

Reviewer’s Comments- The Army and the Navajo

3

52

Salary Committee 1989-1990

3

53

Selected Reading List- American Indian History

3

54

Student Evaluations, Comments

3

55

Teaching

3

56

Teaching Materials- Clippings

3

57

Who’s Who in America

 

 

Last Updated: 6/9/16