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Daniel Levine papers

Identifier: M275

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Scope and Content

The Daniel Levine papers date from 1880 to 2006 and measure 16 linear feet. The papers are arranged in six series: Writings, Professional Involvement, Research Files: Immigrant Aid, Research Files: Jewish America, Research Files: Notecards, and Research Files: Bayard Rustin. The papers contain a significant amount of material on the development and implementation of Bowdoin College’s Committee on Afro-American Studies (CAAS) in the 1970s.

The Writings series (1963-1999) contains a large selection of Levine’s academic writings, including drafts and copy edits of his book “Poverty and Society: The Growth of the American Welfare State in International Comparison.”

The Professional Involvement series (1960-2006) consists of correspondence and subject files from Levine’s professional and organizational involvement. Much of the series is composed of material from his time at Bowdoin College, including research projects, candidate search committees, and departmental correspondence. This includes files from the Committee on Afro-American Studies (CAAS) along with administrative records from the History Department.

The Research Files series (1880-1999) contains the research notes and resources, arranged by creator last name, collected by Levine. Topics include immigrant and ethnic aid, welfare systems, life for Jewish Americans, and Jane Addams.

The Research Files: Notecards series (c. 1960-1990) consists of Levine’s own card catalogue system of notes that vary in subject. Most of the cards include book titles, periodicals, and synopsis of research. File titles have been pulled from various groupings of notecards at subject level that Levine created, most of which remain undated. Individual notecards have not been described at item level but have been kept in their original order as to maintain Levine’s purpose.

Research Files: Bayard Rustin (1912-2000) is the sixth series and makes up the largest selection of research files. This series is made up of a large selection of audiocassettes that contain interviews that were conducted in the 1990s, subject files that contain copies of primary sources that Levine used while writing his biography of Rustin, as well as commentated drafts of his book “Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement” (1999).


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960 - 2006
  • Creation: 1880 - 2006


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Biographical/Historical Note

Daniel Levine was born in Greenwich Village, New York City, on December 31, 1934. He received his bachelor’s from Antioch College in 1956 and his master’s (1957) and Ph.D. (1961) from Northwestern. Levine joined the Bowdoin College faculty in the history department in 1963. As the Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of History and Political Science at Bowdoin College, he taught US History for 43 years. He also taught in Upward Bound during the program’s infancy in the 1960s. He has written books on varying topics of social reform, including on Jane Addams and the Settlement House movement at the turn of the 20th century, comparative history on welfare states in Germany, Denmark, the UK and US, and Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement. He was also active in the Civil Rights Movement and its teachings, attending the 1963 March on Washington (that Bayard Rustin had organized). He was an early member of the Committee on Afro-American Studies (CAAS, now Committee on Africana Studies, CAS) where he introduced Black history into the Bowdoin curriculum at a time when no department had any course specifically designed to address Africana studies. He retired from Bowdoin in 2006.


14 Linear Feet (Audiovisual material includes BA1477-1563 and is housed in the BA Map Case; Oversized material is housed in Ovsz-box B2.)

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Professional papers of history Professor Daniel Levine including research files and oral history interviews conducted about Bayard Rustin.

Guide to the Daniel Levine Papers
Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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