Robert Townley Turner Papers, 1927-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Turner, Robert Townley, 1917-1972
Title
Robert Townley Turner Papers
Dates
1927-1972 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 494
Summary
Robert Townley Turner was a history, political science, and international relations professor at Montana State University (now The University of Montana) in Missoula, Montana. The collection contains materials related to his teaching, research, education, and administrative work at the University.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for creating this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Townley Turner was born July 8, 1917, in Eureka, Utah. He received his AB with honors (1939) , MA (1940), and Ph.D. (1945) from the University of California, Los Angeles; his doctoral dissertation was Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790. In 1943 he accepted a position at Montana State University in Missoula, Montana (now The University of Montana), teaching history, political science, and international relations. In 1954 he became a full professor, and in 1955 became chairman of the Department of History and Political Science. His areas of specialization inluded european diplomacy, 1815 to the present; modern war, 1789 to the present; and geopolitics. From 1956 to1959 he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. From 1956 to 1967 he was Director of the University Museum. During his teaching career at the University of Montana he sat on practically all University and Faculty committees. He co-authored, with Dorothy M. Johnson, the Bedside Book of Bastards, and also published articles on military affairs. Dr. Turner died in June, 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Robert Turner. It begins with his personal and academic life prior to his academic career with school papers, his Ph.D dissertation, and a very complete diary he kept as a civilian during World War II. The collection offers extensive documentation of his career at Montana State University (The University of Montana), including his own writing, committee assignments, governance, and teaching. In particular, the collection offers insight into important changes at the University: the rise of faculty governance, changes in teaching and students, and the development of new academic programs on campus.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Robert Townley Turner Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Personal, 1939-1972Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains personal materials produced or collected by Turner. A folder of biographical materials, and the certificates, concern his degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. The bulk of the series contains the diary he began keeping in 1941 "to portray the life of a civilian during this war [World War II]." There is a gap in the diary between 1943 and 1947, when he resumed it, recording the daily details of teaching at Montana State University (The University of Montana). A folder of documents relating to his university service contains his loyalty oaths from 1947 to 1952 and contract agreements that specify his yearly salary.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Biographical
1945
1/2
Diary
December 7, 1941-March 12, 1942
1/3
Diary
March 13, 1942-June 30, 1942
1/4
Diary
July 1, 1942-February 5, 1943
1/5
Diary
February 6, 1943-March 28, 1948
1/6
University of Montana documents
1943-1972
1/7
Certificates
1943-1954
12OS
Certificates
1939-1945

Series II:  Correspondence, 1927-1972Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains Turner's personal and professional correspondence. Much of the correspondence, and particularly the memos at the end of the series, concern internal business at Montana State University (The University of Montana) and Turner's considerable committee work for the institution. Other exchanges focus on Turner's publications, other teaching assignments, and letters of recommendation for former students.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/8
1927, 1940-1950
1/9
1951
1/10
1952
1/11
1953
1/12
1954
1/13
1955
1/14
1958-1959
1/15
1961-1962
1/16
1963-1964
1/17
1966
1/18
1967
1/19
1968
1/20
1969
2/1
1970
2/2
1971
2/3
1972
2/4
Memos
1952-1955
2/5
Memos
1964-1966
2/6
Memos
1967
2/7
Memos
1968
2/8
Memos
1969
2/9
Memos
1970
2/10
Memos
1971
2/11
Memos
1972
2/12
Memos
undated

Series III:  Writings, 1937-1956Return to Top

2.0 linear feet

This series contains Turner's academic writings, beginning with his undergraduate work at the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles, up to his time as a professor at Montana State University (The University of Montana). His Ph.D thesis and a later book on geopolitics form the bulk of the series. There are also later published and unpublished essays, book reviews, and one speech.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/13
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, Ph.D thesis, final copy
1944
3/1
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, chapter 1: The System of 1783
undated
3/2
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, chapter 2: Enlighted Despotism in Belgium, 1780-1787
undated
3/3
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 3: The Disturbances of 1787
undated
3/4
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 4: Interlude
undated
3/5
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 5 and 6: Prelude to Intervention
undated
3/6
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 7: The Failure of a Plan
undated
3/7
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 8: Recognition or Non-Recognition
undated
3/8
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 9: War or Peace
undated
3/9
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 10: War or Peace II
undated
3/10
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 11: The Hell of Reichenbach
undated
3/11
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 12: Post-Reichenbach Interlude
undated
3/12
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Chapter 13: The Conference of the Hague
undated
3/13
Europe and the Belgian Revolution, 1789-1790, manuscript, Bibliography and Maps
undated
3/14
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, original
1954
4/1
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 1: The Geopoliticians
undated
4/2
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 2: That Which is Ceasar's
undated
4/3
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 3: A World Divided
undated
4/4
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 4: Geopolitical Location
undated
4/5
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 5: Topographical Unity
undated
4/6
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 6: Adequate National Space
undated
4/7
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 7: A National Population
undated
4/8
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 8: Natural Resources
undated
5/1
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 9: Industrial Strength
undated
5/2
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 10: Science and Technology
undated
5/3
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 11: A Balanced Economy
undated
5/4
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 12: A Historical Paattern
undated
5/5
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 13: Internal Political Stability
undated
5/6
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 14: Military Strength
undated
5/7
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 15: Leadership
undated
5/8
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 16: Elan
undated
5/9
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 17: National Prestige
undated
5/10
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Chapter 18: Alliances
undated
5/11
Geopolitics and Power: An Essay in Geopolitics, rough draft, Bibliography and Miscellaneous
undated
6/1
"The Influence of the Patronato Real on the Suppression of Independent Activity of the Clergy in the Spanish Colonies"
1937
6/2
Translation: Correspondence of Louis Philippe Joseph D'Orleans
1938
6/3
Opinionaire: "Concerning the Foreign Policy to be Followed by the United States in Relation to the Far East"
1938
6/4
"British Diplomacy and the Belgian Crisis, 1830-1833"
1941
6/5
"Egalite: Ambassador to London"
1942
6/6
"Tithe Reform in the English Church, 1830-1836"
1954
6/7
"Irregular Shrinkage on the Eastern Front"
1955
6/8
"Dunkirk from the German Side"
1956
6/9
"Hitler's Prestige Evaluations in World War II"
1956
6/10
"Indices of Power"
undated
6/11
"Queen Elizabeth and the Absent-Minded Professor"
undated
6/12
"Hume the Historian"
undated
6/13
"The Franco-Austrian Treaty of Partition, 1668"
undated
6/14
"Hitler, Britain, and the Invasion of Russia, 1941"
undated
6/15
"Mackinder's Heartlands"
undated
6/16
Book reviews
undated
6/17
Notes
undated
6/18
Speech: "Know your Enemy"
undated

Series IV:  University of Montana, 1952-1972Return to Top

2.5 linear feet

This series contains materials related to Turner's work at Montana State University (The University of Montana). The materials are divided into two subseries.

The first, Governance and Commitee Work, contains meeting minutes and other documents from Turner's work on university committees. Major committees represented include the Budget and Policy Committee, Nominations Committee, Faculty Senate, Library Building, and Faculty Council. There are also minutes from the History Department's meetings. Last, a diary documents his meetings with university president Carl McFarland as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The second, Teaching, contains undated outlines for lectures student papers from 1961 to 1972.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Governance and Committee Work
1952-1972
Box/Folder
7/1
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1952
7/2
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1953
7/3
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1954
7/4
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1955
7/5
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1966-1968
7/6
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1969
7/7
Minutes, Budget and Policy Committee
1970
7/8
Faculty Senate
1952-1967
7/9
Minutes, History Department
1970-1972
7/10
Minutes, Nominations Committee
1966-1968
7/11
Minutes, various
1953-1970
7/12
College of Arts and Sciences, Notes on Conferences with President
1958
7/13
Reports
1952-1954
7/14
Reports
1964-1969
7/15
Reports
1970-1971
7/16
Reports
undated
Subseries 2: Teaching
1961-1972
Box/Folder
7/17
Lecture outlines
undated
Box
8
Student papers
1961-1968
9
Student papers
1968-1970
10
Student papers
1970-1971
11
Student papers
1972 and undated

Series V:  Photographs, 1959 Return to Top

5 items

This series contains photographs of Dr. Turner in London, on the Montana State University campus, and in the University Museum.

Description Dates
Robert Turner in London
undated
Robert Turner and unknown women on Montana State University campus
undated
Robert Turner and unidentified man in the University Museum
1959
Robert Turner and Carling Malouf at archaeology site
undated
Four participants in the General Electric College Bowl: Jim Curry, Robert Blair, Bill Larson, Scot Wheeler
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College museums--Montana--Missoula
  • History--Study and teaching--Montana--Missoula
  • International relations--Study and teaching--Montana--Missoula
  • Political science--Study and teaching--Montana--Missoula
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
  • Corporate Names :
  • Montana State University (Missoula)--Administration
  • Montana State University (Missoula)--Faculty
  • University of California, Los Angeles--Students
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Administration
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Faculty
  • Occupations :
  • College teachers--Montana--Missoula
  • Deans (Education)--Montana--Missoula
  • Museum directors--Montana--Missoula