Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History

Harold Harmsworth,
1st Viscount Rothermere

The Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professorship is an endowed chair in American History at the University of Oxford, tenable for one year.[1][2] The Harmsworth Professorship was established by the 1st Viscount Rothermere in memory of his son Harold Vyvyan Alfred St George, who was killed in the First World War, and whose favourite subject was history.[3][4] Lord Rothermere also established a Harmsworth Professorship in imperial and naval history at Cambridge University in honour of his son Vere, who was killed in the same war.[5][6] The King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University was endowed by Sir Harold Harmsworth in memory of King Edward VII, who died in 1910.[7][8]

The Harmsworth Professorship was inaugurated in 1922 with an endowment of £20,000.[9][10] Holders of the chair are affiliated to Queen's College, Oxford and, since 2001, the Rothermere American Institute. The Rothermere American Institute also houses the Vere Harmsworth Library, named in honour of Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere.[11]

The Harmsworth Professor is selected by the Electors of Oxford and a Committee on the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professorship in American History at the American Historical Association, established in 1939.[12][13]

Holders of the Harmsworth Professors

Current holder:

  • Richard Blackett (2013)

Below is a list of previous holders:

Gary Gerstle (2012)

Philip D. Morgan (2011)

Ian Tyrrell (2010)

Robin Kelley (2009)

Peter Onuf (2008)

Lizabeth Cohen (2007)

Linda Kerber (2006)

Kathryn Kish Sklar (2005)

Joe Silbey (2004)

Richard Beeman (2003)

Melvyn Leffler (2002)

David Hollinger (2001)

Timothy Breen (2000)

Robin Winks (1999)

Alan Brinkley (1998)

Ernest May (1997)

Robert Middlekauff (1996)

David Kennedy (1995)

Robert Dallek (1994)

Eric Foner (1993)

John Lewis Gaddis (1992)

James A. Henretta (1991)

Joyce Appleby (1990)

Daniel Walker Howe (1989)

George M. Fredrickson (1988)

Richard S. Dunn (1987)

David M. Kennedy (1986)

David Hackett Fischer (1985)

J. Morgan Kousser (1984)

John W. Shy (1983)

Samuel Hays (1982)

James T. Patterson (1981)

Morton Keller (1980)

Eric McKitrick (1979)

Norman A. Graebner (1978)

Willie Lee Rose (1977)

John M. Blum (1976)

Jack P. Greene (1975)

Richard C. Wade (1974)

Carl Degler (1973)

Oscar Handlin (1972)

William Leuchtenburg (1971)

Charles Sellers (1970)

David Brion Davis (1969)

Fletcher M. Green (1968)

Don Fehrenbacher (1967)

T. Harry Williams (1966)

Bell I. Wiley (1965)

Allan Nevins (1964)

Frank Vandiver (1963)

Richard N. Current (1962)

Kenneth Stampp (1961)

George E. Mowry (1960)

David H. Donald (1959)

Arthur S. Link (1958)

Walter Johnson (1957)

Arthur Bestor (1956)

Frank B. Friedel (1955)

C. Vann Woodward (1954)

Ray A. Billington (1953)

Henry Steele Commager (1952)

Lawrence H. Gipson (1951)

Charles S. Sydnor (1950)

Merrill Jensen (1949)

Louis M. Hacker (1948)

David M. Potter (1947)

Walt W. Rostow (1946)

Vacant (1945)

Thomas J. Wertenbaker (1944)

Vacant (1943)

Walter Prescott Webb (1942)

Vacant (1941)

Allan Nevins (1940)

Thomas J. Wertenbaker (1939)

Robert M. McElroy (1925-1939)

Samuel E. Morison (1922-1925)


  1. ^ http://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/people/harmsworth
  2. ^ "Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History". Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2006/0612/0612pre1.cfm
  4. ^ Kerber, Linda. "At Home in the World: The International Dimensions of the AHA". Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33718
  6. ^ Boyce, D. George. "Harmsworth, Harold Sidney, first Viscount Rothermere (1868–1940), newspaper proprieto". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whowaswho/U216455
  8. ^ "ROTHERMERE’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008". Oxford University Press, online edn. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral/memorials/WW1/Harold-Harmsworth&print=true
  10. ^ "Harold Vyvyan Alfred St George Harmsworth". Christ Church Oxford, Registered Charity Number: 1143423. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Vere Harmsworth Library". Rothermere American Institute. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  12. ^ http://www.historians.org/governance/Committees/harmsworth.cfm
  13. ^ "Committee on the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professorship in American History". American Historical Association. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
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