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Clough, Shepard Bancroft, 1900-1990



Shepard B. Clough was born on December 6, 1901 in Bloomington, Indiana. The family moved to Lebanon, NH, in 1903, where his father became employed in the family business of N.P. Clough and Company. Clough graduated from Colby Academy in 1919, and from Colgate University in 1923, after which he did post-graduate work at the Sorbonne and the University of Heidelberg. In 1930, he received his Ph.D from Columbia University, where in 1928 he had started out as an instructor in history and from which he retired in 1970. During World War II, Clough was in the economic studies division of the State Department, lectured at the School of Military Government in Charlottesville, Virginia, and worked in the Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation. After the war he became a knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. Clough was the author of several books and articles on the European economic history, including "The Rise and Fall of Civilization," (1951), "Basic Values in Western Civilization," (1960), "The Economic History of Modern Italy," (1964), and "The Economic Basis of American Civilization," (1968). He died in 1990.

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Shepard Clough papers

Identifier: ML-6
Date(s): 1902 to 1980

Shepard B. Clough (1901-1990), historian and writer. The collection contains lecture notes, student papers, and professional correspondence, as well as manuscripts, typescripts, page proofs, research and source material for his books and articles. The material documents his professional life as a teacher of history at Columbia University, as a writer and as a historian. Personal correspondence, photographs and notes are also included. Much of the material is in Italian and French.