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Guide to the William Greenleaf Papers, 1917-1976

Collection number: MC 135

Size: 20 boxes (6.66 cu.ft.)

About William Greenleaf

William Greenleaf was born July 1, 1917 in New York. In 1942 he graduated from City College, New York and from 1943-46 served in the Army during World War II. Greenleaf then went to Columbia University, where he earned his masters degree in 1948, and his Ph.D, in 1955. He became a consultant for the Ford Foundation and a researcher for the Ford Motor Company History Project at Columbia. He was an Assistant Professor at Colorado State from 1956 until 1958, when he came to work at the University of New Hampshire. In April 1964, as an Associate Professor of History, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a study of American Business during the Civil War. A year later, he was promoted to Professor of History with tenure.

Greenleaf wrote extensively on industrial and business history. His books include: John D. Rockefeller (1959), Monopoly On Wheels (1961); From These Beginnings (1964); The Making of Industrial America: 1840-1900 (with Richard B. Morris c.1969); The History of a Nation (with Richard B. Morris and Robert H. Ferrell) (1969); American Economic Development Since 1860 (1969); America: A History of the People (1971); and Research Associate Ford (3 vols.). He also contributed several articles to The Dictionary of American Biography and The Encyclopedia of American Biography.

Professor Greenleaf died December 17, 1975 after a long illness.

About the William Greenleaf Papers

The collection primarily contains manuscripts relating to Greenleaf’s several books and articles dating from 1952-1975, as well as relevant research notes, correspondence, and lecture notes from his various history classes. Also included are notes concerning the economic situation of the North during the Civil War and the early history of the movie industry (mostly about patent rights), both of which Greenleaf was working on when he died.

Administrative Information

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This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Greenleaf Papers, 1952-1975, MC 135, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: 1979 and 1982 (Accession numbers: 794; 829)

Collection Contents

Series I: Manuscripts and Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1-3 Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, July 1952-Feb.1953
Box 1, Folder 4 Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, March 1953-July 1953
Box 1, Folder 5 Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, June 1954-Oct. 1954
Box 1, Folder 6 Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, Feb. 1955-March 1955
Box 1, Folder 7-9 Correspondence concerning research for Doctoral dissertation Monopoly on Wheels, April 1952-August 1954
Box 1, Folder 10 Dissertation material (not sorted)
Box 1, Folder 11-24 Monopoly on Wheels: Henry Ford and the Selden Automobile Patent (1961), typed manuscript (Chapters 1-10 and Bibliography)
Box 1, Folder 25-32 Monopoly on Wheels, original typescript (Chapters 1-7)
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1-5 Monopoly on Wheels, original typescript (Chapters 8-10)
Box 2, Folder 6 Correspondence to and from Greenleaf concerning his book on the Ford Motor Company: From These Beginnings, Jan. 1963-June 1963
Box 2, Folder 7-8 Correspondence, June 1963-Aug.1963
Box 2, Folder 9-10 Correspondence, Aug 1963-Oct.1963
Box 2, Folder 11-12 Correspondence, Oct.1963-March 1964
Box 2, Folder 13 Correspondence, March 1964-Oct.1964
Box 2, Folder 14 Correspondence, Nov. 1964-June 1966
Box 2, Folder 15-17 Notes for From These Beginnings
Box 2, Folder 18-28 Typed manuscript for From These Beginnings: The Early Philanthropies of Henry and Edsel Ford , Chapters 1-7, 1964
Box 2, Folder 29-32 Manuscript (c.2) for From These Beginnings, Chapters 1-2
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1-8 Manuscript (c.2) for From These Beginnings, Chapters 7-10
Box 3, Folder 2-11 Notes and working outline for The Ford Foundation: The Formative Years (The Ford Motor Company never waived the rights for this work, so it remained unpublished)

Box 3, Folder 12-31 Manuscript for The Formative Years Chapters 1-10
Box 3, Folder 32-34 Correspondence – Permissions
Box 3, Folder 35 Correspondence and some notes, March 1965–May 1966
Box 3, Folder 36-38 Correspondence and some notes, June 1966–Oct.1967
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1-3 Correspondence and some notes, Oct. 1967–Feb. 1968
Box 4, Folder 4 Correspondence and some notes, Feb. 1968-May 1968
Box 4, Folder 5 Correspondence with Merrimack Valley Textile Museum, April 1969
Box 4, Folder 6-9 Introduction to The Legend of Henry Ford by Keith Sward: correspondence and manuscripts (various stages)
Box 4, Folder 10-12 Expenses for American Economic Development
Box 4, Folder 13-28 Notes for American Economic Development
Box 4, Folder 29-35 Page proofs for American Economic Development
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1-10 Page proofs for American Economic Development
Box 5, Folder 11-12 Carbon of Introduction to American Economic Development
Box 5, Folder 13-14 Xerox copy of Introduction to American Economic Development
Box 5, Folder 15-16 Textbook by Richard Morris and Greenleaf U.S.A. The History of a Nation, 1969
Box 5, Folder 17-24 Working outline and notes for An American College History (later titled America: A History of the People) , 1971
Box 5, Folder 25-34 An American College History manuscript, Chapters 1-15, 18-24, and 26 (Chapters 1-5 of the finished work)
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1-35 An American College History manuscript (Chapters 5-22)
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1-17 An American College History manuscript (Chapters 21-26)
Box 7, Folder 18-33 Condensation of bookAmerica II Unfinished Works
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1-12 Condensation of book America II Unfinished Works
Box 8, Folder 13-14 Civil War Impact Series (Impact of Civil War on economy) for Civil War Centennial Commission, publisher would have been Alfred Knopf (also correspondence), Dec.1961-Oct. 1962
Box 8, Folder 15-16 Research correspondence for Civil War Impact Series Oct. 1962-Oct. 1965
Box 8, Folder 17-19 Research correspondence for Civil War Impact Series Nov. 1965-April 1971
Box 8, Folder 20-21 Correspondence with the Library of Congress and notes: Manuscript Division, March 1965-June 1965
Box 8, Folder 22-25 Grant applications and inquiries and various stages of manuscript, first chapter for Civil War study
Box 8, Folder 26-30 Notes for Civil War Impact Series

Box 8, Folder 31 Outline
Box 8, Folder 32 Editorial specifications, outline, and bibliography
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1-8 Bibliography
Box 9, Folder 9-28 Manuscript of Civil War Impact Series
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1-29 Manuscript of Civil War Impact Series
Box 10, Folder 30 Motion Picture Patent Corporation (MPPC) book correspondence, July 1965-Feb. 1968
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1-3 MPPC Book Correspondence, March 1969-Dec. 1969
Box 11, Folder 4-6 MPPC Book Correspondence, Jan. 1970-Dec. 1970
Box 11, Folder 7-8 MPPC Book Correspondence, Feb. 1971-Dec. 1971
Box 11, Folder 9-11 MPPC Book Correspondence, Jan. 1972-Sept. 1974
Box 11, Folder 12-13 Notes for History of MPPC (the following headings were taken from Greenleaf’s original folders on MPPC)
Box 11, Folder 14 Biograph Company (Including American Mutoscope Co.)
Box 11, Folder 15 Dyer, Frank L.
Box 11, Folder 16 Eastman Kodak
Box 11, Folder 17 Edison, Thomas A.
Box 11, Folder 18 Edison Manufacturing Co.
Box 11, Folder 19 Edison Patents, 1889–1908
Box 11, Folder 20-28 Edison Patent Suits
Box 11, Folder 29 Essay
Box 11, Folder 30 Exchanges – at large
Box 11, Folder 31-32 Exchanges – Independent
Box 11, Folder 33 Exchanges – Licensed
Box 11, Folder 34 Exchanges after 1916 (including Film Clubs)
Box 11, Folder 35 Exhibitors (1909-1908), See also Nickelodeons
Box 11, Folder 36 Exhibitors (1909-1912), See also Nickelodeons
Box 11, Folder 37 Exhibitors, (1913-1918)
Box 11, Folder 38 Famous Players – Lasky
Box 11, Folder 39-42 Film Service Association
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1 Film Service Association
Box 12, Folder 2 Fox, William
Box 12, Folder 3 Fox Suit
Box 12, Folder 4-6 General Film Co.
Box 12, Folder 7 Grosvenor, Edwin P.
Box 12, Folder 8 Illustrations – suggested
Box 12, Folder 9 Kalem
Box 12, Folder 10 Kennedy, J.J.
Box 12, Folder 11-12 Kleine, George
Box 12, Folder 13-15 Laemmle, Carl
Box 12, Folder 16-17 Independent Producers (collectively)
Box 12, Folder 18 Licensed Producers (collectively)
Box 12, Folder 19 Lubin, Sigmund
Box 12, Folder 20 MPPC – Summary accounts (Reference)
Box 12, Folder 21-25 MPPC, 1908-1910
Box 12, Folder 26 MPPC, 1911-1912
Box 12, Folder 27 MPPC, 1913-1917
Box 12, Folder 28 MPPC – Edison Patents Litigation
Box 12, Folder 29 MPPC – Other Litigation, 1909-1917
Box 12, Folder 30-32 Movie Industry, 1906-1908
Box 12, Folder 33-35 Movie Industry, 1909-1912
Box 12, Folder 36-41 Movie Industry, 1913 et seq.
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1 Movie Industry – West Coast
Box 13, Folder 2 Movie Industry – Patents (other than Edison and MPPC)

Box 13, Folder 3 Nickelodeons
Box 13, Folder 4 Patent Law
Box 13, Folder 5 Pathe
Box 13, Folder 6 Photography – History
Box 13, Folder 7 Selig, William N.
Box 13, Folder 8 Spoor, George K.
Box 13, Folder 9-11 Trusts, Combinations, and Patents
Box 13, Folder 12-14 U.S. vs. MPPC – Suit (1912 – 1914) and Case Record
Box 13, Folder 15 U.S. vs. MPPC (Case Record and Suit) Gov. Brief and Reply Brief

Box 13, Folder 16-17 U.S. vs. MPPC – District Court – Trial and Decision
Box 13, Folder 18 U.S. vs. MPPC – Appeal
Box 13, Folder 19 Vitagraph
Box 13, Folder 20-21 MPPC Study Source Materials
Box 13, Folder 22 MPPC Study Categories
Box 13, Folder 23-25 UNH “CURF” Grant for MPPC Study EG
Box 13, Folder 26-27 Notes and Sources for MPPC Book EG
Box 13, Folder 28-29 Notes and Sources for MPPC Book EG
Box 13, Folder 30 Grant from American Film Institute for MPPC Book EG
Box 13, Folder 31-32 Preface and first chapter of MPPC Book (various stages of manuscript) EG
Box 13, Folder 33-38 “Chapter I – Used” Henry Ford – Philanthropist
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1-18 “Chapters I-VII – HF Philanthropist”
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1-35 “Chapters VIII-XX – HF Philanthropist”
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1-6 “Ford Philanthropist Used”
Box 16, Folder 7-11 Draft of The Making of Industrial America, 1840-1900
Box 16, Folder 12-15 Manuscript: The Making of Industrial America, 1840-1900

Series II: Lecture Notes

Box 16, Folder 16-22 Lecture Notes Misc.
Box 16, Folder 23-24 Lecture Notes Speech – “Modern Corporation and Managerial Responsibility”
Box 16, Folder 25-33 Lecture Notes “History 85”
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1-8 Lecture Notes “History 85”
Box 17, Folder 9 Lecture Notes “History 86”
Box 17, Folder 10-11 Lecture Notes History 198
Box 17, Folder 12 Lecture Notes History 504
Box 17, Folder 13-14 Lecture Notes History 715
Box 17, Folder 15-24 Lecture Notes “History 725 Business History”
Box 17, Folder 25-26 Lecture Notes “History 725 Business History, xerox copies of articles”
Box 17, Folder 27 Lecture Notes “History 725, Documents”

Series III: Articles

Box 17, Folder 28-31 Articles for The Dictionary of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts
Box 17, Folder 32-35 Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, included in section titled:”Science and Technology,” correspondence, notes, and manuscripts
Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1 Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, included in section titled:”Science and Technology,” correspondence, notes, and manuscripts
Box 18, Folder 2 Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts – E.H. Harriman, J.B. Duke, G. Swift, F. M. Forbes
Box 18, Folder 3 Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts – Henry Ford
Box 18, Folder 4 Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts – Collins P. Hudington
Box 18, Folder 5 Proposed Articles for Dictionary of American Biography, (D.A.B.)
Box 18, Folder 6-7 D.A.B. article on Henry Ford, correspondence and notes
Box 18, Folder 8-14 D.A.B. article on Henry Ford, manuscripts (various stages)

Box 18, Folder 15-20 D.A.B. article on Henry Ford, handwritten manuscript

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Box 18, Folder 21-25 Miscellaneous essays written for Ford Histories
Box 18, Folder 26 Comments on Little, Brown Reader in American History
Box 18, Folder 27-28 British Sessional Papers
Box 18, Folder 29-30 Correspondence and conduct on possible book on Newton Baker for Alfred Knopf and Co.
Box 18, Folder 31-33 Correspondence on Bancroft Awards (1971), on July with Richard Morris (Columbia) and Robert Ferrell (Indiana University)
Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1-2 Economic reprints – correspondence with Alan Nevins
Box 19, Folder 3-4 Correspondence regarding possible studies of U.S. Aviation industry and U.S. Bureaucracy in World War I
Box 19, Folder 5-8 “Dearborn Independent”
Box 19, Folder 9 “History”
Box 19, Folder 10-18 “Greenfield Village (used), Wayside Inn”
Box 19, Folder 19-30 Miscellaneous

Series V: Microfilm

Box 20
Five Reels of Microfilm: Reels 1-4 include seven volumes of the transcript of record copy of the Supreme Court Case, “The United States of America v. Motion Picture Company.” The fifth reel contains a copy of a master’s thesis entitled, Preliminary Survey of the Operation of the Market in the Motion Picture Industry by Patricia K. Herbert, dated May 19, 1947

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