Guide to the Jack Earle Kendrick Papers, RG 55

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003

Date Span:

2.5 cubic feet; 250 items.

Number of Boxes:
5 Letter Document Boxes

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Jack Earle Kendrick was a history professor from Auburn University from 1939 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1964. He was born September 26, 1914 in Columbus, Georgia. He attended local public schools and in graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935. In the spring of 1936 he attended Emory University but by the fall of 1936 he was at Harvard University studying history. Following his graduation from Harvard he taught at Clemson University from 1938 to 1939. During the fall of 1939, he was hired as a history instructor at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University). When the Second World War broke out he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in March of 1943. Later that same year he was assigned to teach history at the United States Military Academy where he remained until the close of the war. Following the war, Kendrick was promoted to captain and served with the Group Control Council Secretariat in Berlin. In 1946, he resigned his commission and joined the U. S. Air Force Reserve, where he retired as a major in 1969. Also in 1946 he returned to Auburn to resume his position as history instructor where he continued to teach from 1946 to 1964. In 1952, he received his doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kendrick returned to Auburn as a guest lecturer in 1970. He died in March of 1972.

Scope and Content:
Consists of personal correspondence, postcards, military records, research notes, lecture notes, class notes, copies of dissertation, photographs, diary, biographical sketch, financial and legal papers of Jack Earle Kendrick from 1933 to 1971.

Item list:
This collection contains notes, rough drafts and a final draft (1952) of the Ph.D. dissertation entitled "The League of Nations and the Republican Senate"; official military papers; the Air Reserve Bulletin; notes taken in class; lecture notes; military and personal correspondence; telegrams; postcards, invitations, Christmas and get well cards; photographs; personal diary; biographical sketch; financial and legal papers; one copy of the Auburn Forum.

I. Dissertation: This contains note cards taken from speeches papers and letters; material on William E. Borah; one handwritten and two typed rough drafts and a final copy entitled "The League of Nations and the Republican Senate". (1952)

II. Official Military Papers: These papers include personal letters while in the Army, appointments promotions and citations (1943-1950), orders, pay cards, shipping tickets, separation papers, medical examination papers and a map of a city in Germany (1943-1955). There are two copies of the Air Reserve Bulletin (10 June 1947 and 10 July 1947). There are also papers concerning an emergency leave in 1946.

III. Class and Lecture Notes:
A. This contains class notes taken while Dr. Kendrick was a student.
B. Lecture notes when he taught school. The lecture notes cover the Old South and the New South, Social and Intellectual history and American history. (1877-1901).

IV. Personal Correspondence:
A. Letters from J.E. Kendrick (1942-1971).
B. Letters concerning J.E. Kendrick (1936-1968).
C. Letters to J.E. Kendrick (1941-1971). This correspondence is with family and friends.

V. Cards: Christmas cards (1956-1971) from family and friends, get well cards (1968) when he was in the hospital, Valentines Day and Easter cards and invitations.

VI. Post Cards: (1941-1970) Correspondence to and from J.E. Kendrick and one to his father. These cards are from various places in the United States and foreign countries. Some of them are blank cards collected by Kendrick while he was in Europe.

VII. Telegrams: (1942-1947) Correspondence either to or from Kendrick. From family and close friends.

VIII. Financial and Legal Papers: This contains Visa applications, architectural statements, rental incomes, income tax forms, insurance forms, rent contracts, will, his father's estate records and will, and teaching contracts (1957-1970).

IX. Photographs: These are personal photographs of family and friends and Kendrick's trips to foreign countries.

X. Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings and Notes: On several envelopes there are notes and addresses, there are news-clippings concerning Kendrick's mother's death, and national and international news, there is also a sheet on teachers' retirement system in Alabama. (1960-1963).

XI. Personal Diary: The diary is short entries written on loose paper. There are five pages.

XII. Biographical Sketch: This is a biographical data sheet used for speaking engagements.

XIII. Auburn Forum: The Auburn Forum is dated May, 1940, and contains an article on page six concerning the history department in which Dr. Kendrick is mentioned.

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