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Wilson, Arthur Mccandless, 1902-1972



  • Existence: 1902 - 1979

Arthur Wilson was born on July 29, 1902 in Sherrard, Illinois. He graduated from Yankton College on 1922 and was hired by the Biography Department of Dartmouth College on 1933. He retired in 1967 as Daniel Webster Professor of Biography and Government. Wilson helped to develop and direct the Great Issues Courses at Dartmouth, directed the Senior Fellowship Program and took time out during World War II to serve in the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC. After retiring from Dartmouth, he taught as a member of the Columbia University Graduate Faculty for two years. Outside of teaching, Wilson's best known for his two-volume biography of Diderot on which he worked for thirty-six years. He also published "French Foreign Policy during the Administration of Cardinal Fleury, 1726-1743" and many articles, lectures and book reviews. Arthur Wilson died on June 12, 1979 in Hanover, NH.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Arthur Wilson papers

Identifier: ML-65
Overview Arthur McCandless Wilson (1902-1979), professor of history and biography at Dartmouth College. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, galley proofs, travel diaries, awards, diplomas, certificates, photographs, speeches, lectures, exams and other teaching material, as well as research for his books on Diderot.

Oral history interview with Arthur Wilson.

Identifier: DOH-260
Scope and Contents The oral history interview of Arthur Wilson is comprised of six audiocassette recordings and a tape log of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Jere Daniell between Oct. 20, 1976 and Nov., 1976 in Norwich, VT. The entire interview runs for approximately six hours.