William Greenleaf Papers, 1917-1976

Collection number: MC 135
Size: 20 boxes (6.66 cu.ft.)

About William Greenleaf

William Greenleaf (July 1, 1917-December 17, 1975) was born in New York. In 1942 he graduated from City College, New York and from 1943-46 served in the Army during World War II. Greenleaf then went to Columbia University, where he earned his masters degree in 1948, and his Ph.D, in 1955. He became a consultant for the Ford Foundation and a researcher for the Ford Motor Company History Project at Columbia. He was an Assistant Professor at Colorado State from 1956 until 1958, when he came to work at the University of New Hampshire. In April 1964, as an Associate Professor of History, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a study of American Business during the Civil War. A year later, he was promoted to Professor of History with tenure.

Greenleaf wrote extensively on industrial and business history. His books include:

  • John D. Rockefeller (1959)
  • Monopoly On Wheels (1961)
  • From These Beginnings (1964)
  • The Making of Industrial America: 1840-1900 (with Richard B. Morris c.1969)
  • The History of a Nation (with Richard B. Morris and Robert H. Ferrell) (1969)
  • American Economic Development Since 1860 (1969)
  • America: A History of the People (1971)
  • Research Associate Ford (3 vols.)
He also contributed several articles to The Dictionary of American Biography and The Encyclopedia of American Biography.

About the William Greenleaf Papers

The collection primarily contains manuscripts relating to Greenleaf’s several books and articles dating from 1952-1975, as well as relevant research notes, correspondence, and lecture notes from his various history classes. Also included are notes concerning the economic situation of the North during the Civil War and the early history of the movie industry (mostly about patent rights), both of which Greenleaf was working on when he died.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], William Greenleaf Papers, 1952-1975, MC 135, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: 1979 and 1982 (Accession numbers: 794; 829)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Manuscripts and Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1-3Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, July 1952-Feb.1953
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, March 1953-July 1953
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, June 1954-Oct. 1954
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence for Monopoly on Wheels, Feb. 1955-March 1955
Box 1, Folder 7-9Correspondence concerning research for Doctoral dissertation Monopoly on Wheels, April 1952-August 1954
Box 1, Folder 10Dissertation material (not sorted)
Box 1, Folder 11-24Monopoly on Wheels: Henry Ford and the Selden Automobile Patent (1961), typed manuscript (Chapters 1-10 and Bibliography)
Box 1, Folder 25-32Monopoly on Wheels, original typescript (Chapters 1-7)
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1-5Monopoly on Wheels, original typescript (Chapters 8-10)
Box 2, Folder 6 Correspondence to and from Greenleaf concerning his book on the Ford Motor Company: From These Beginnings, Jan. 1963-June 1963
Box 2, Folder 7-8Correspondence, June 1963-Aug.1963
Box 2, Folder 9-10Correspondence, Aug 1963-Oct.1963
Box 2, Folder 11-12Correspondence, Oct.1963-March 1964
Box 2, Folder 13Correspondence, March 1964-Oct.1964
Box 2, Folder 14Correspondence, Nov. 1964-June 1966
Box 2, Folder 15-17Notes for From These Beginnings
Box 2, Folder 18-28Typed manuscript for From These Beginnings: The Early Philanthropies of Henry and Edsel Ford , Chapters 1-7, 1964
Box 2, Folder 29-32Manuscript (c.2) for From These Beginnings, Chapters 1-2
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1-8Manuscript (c.2) for From These Beginnings, Chapters 7-10
Box 3, Folder 2-11Notes and working outline for The Ford Foundation: The Formative Years (The Ford Motor Company never waived the rights for this work, so it remained unpublished)
Box 3, Folder 12-31Manuscript for The Formative Years Chapters 1-10
Box 3, Folder 32-34Correspondence – Permissions
Box 3, Folder 35Correspondence and some notes, March 1965–May 1966
Box 3, Folder 36-38Correspondence and some notes, June 1966–Oct.1967
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1-3Correspondence and some notes, Oct. 1967–Feb. 1968
Box 4, Folder 4Correspondence and some notes, Feb. 1968-May 1968
Box 4, Folder 5Correspondence with Merrimack Valley Textile Museum, April 1969
Box 4, Folder 6-9Introduction to The Legend of Henry Ford by Keith Sward: correspondence and manuscripts (various stages)
Box 4, Folder 10-12Expenses for American Economic Development
Box 4, Folder 13-28Notes for American Economic Development
Box 4, Folder 29-35Page proofs for American Economic Development
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1-10Page proofs for American Economic Development
Box 5, Folder 11-12Carbon of Introduction to American Economic Development
Box 5, Folder 13-14Xerox copy of Introduction to American Economic Development
Box 5, Folder 15-16Textbook by Richard Morris and Greenleaf U.S.A. The History of a Nation, 1969
Box 5, Folder 17-24Working outline and notes for An American College History (later titled America: A History of the People) , 1971
Box 5, Folder 25-34An American College History manuscript, Chapters 1-15, 18-24, and 26 (Chapters 1-5 of the finished work)
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1-35An American College History manuscript (Chapters 5-22)
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1-17An American College History manuscript (Chapters 21-26)
Box 7, Folder 18-33Condensation of bookAmerica II Unfinished Works
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1-12Condensation of book America II Unfinished Works
Box 8, Folder 13-14Civil War Impact Series (Impact of Civil War on economy) for Civil War Centennial Commission, publisher would have been Alfred Knopf (also correspondence), Dec.1961-Oct. 1962
Box 8, Folder 15-16Research correspondence for Civil War Impact Series Oct. 1962-Oct. 1965
Box 8, Folder 17-19Research correspondence for Civil War Impact Series Nov. 1965-April 1971
Box 8, Folder 20-21Correspondence with the Library of Congress and notes: Manuscript Division, March 1965-June 1965
Box 8, Folder 22-25Grant applications and inquiries and various stages of manuscript, first chapter for Civil War study
Box 8, Folder 26-30Notes for Civil War Impact Series
Box 8, Folder 31Outline
Box 8, Folder 32Editorial specifications, outline, and bibliography
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1-8Bibliography
Box 9, Folder 9-28Manuscript of Civil War Impact Series
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1-29Manuscript of Civil War Impact Series
Box 10, Folder 30Motion Picture Patent Corporation (MPPC) book correspondence, July 1965-Feb. 1968
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1-3MPPC Book Correspondence, March 1969-Dec. 1969
Box 11, Folder 4-6MPPC Book Correspondence, Jan. 1970-Dec. 1970
Box 11, Folder 7-8MPPC Book Correspondence, Feb. 1971-Dec. 1971
Box 11, Folder 9-11MPPC Book Correspondence, Jan. 1972-Sept. 1974
Box 11, Folder 12-13Notes for History of MPPC (the following headings were taken from Greenleaf’s original folders on MPPC)
Box 11, Folder 14Biograph Company (Including American Mutoscope Co.)
Box 11, Folder 15Dyer, Frank L.
Box 11, Folder 16Eastman Kodak
Box 11, Folder 17Edison, Thomas A.
Box 11, Folder 18Edison Manufacturing Co.
Box 11, Folder 19 Edison Patents, 1889–1908
Box 11, Folder 20-28Edison Patent Suits
Box 11, Folder 29Essay
Box 11, Folder 30Exchanges – at large
Box 11, Folder 31-32Exchanges – Independent
Box 11, Folder 33Exchanges – Licensed
Box 11, Folder 34Exchanges after 1916 (including Film Clubs)
Box 11, Folder 35 Exhibitors (1909-1908), See also Nickelodeons
Box 11, Folder 36Exhibitors (1909-1912), See also Nickelodeons
Box 11, Folder 37Exhibitors, (1913-1918)
Box 11, Folder 38Famous Players – Lasky
Box 11, Folder 39-42Film Service Association
Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1Film Service Association
Box 12, Folder 2Fox, William
Box 12, Folder 3Fox Suit
Box 12, Folder 4-6General Film Co.
Box 12, Folder 7Grosvenor, Edwin P.
Box 12, Folder 8Illustrations – suggested
Box 12, Folder 9Kalem
Box 12, Folder 10Kennedy, J.J.
Box 12, Folder 11-12Kleine, George
Box 12, Folder 13-15Laemmle, Carl
Box 12, Folder 16-17Independent Producers (collectively)
Box 12, Folder 18Licensed Producers (collectively)
Box 12, Folder 19Lubin, Sigmund
Box 12, Folder 20MPPC – Summary accounts (Reference)
Box 12, Folder 21-25MPPC, 1908-1910
Box 12, Folder 26MPPC, 1911-1912
Box 12, Folder 27MPPC, 1913-1917
Box 12, Folder 28MPPC – Edison Patents Litigation
Box 12, Folder 29MPPC – Other Litigation, 1909-1917
Box 12, Folder 30-32Movie Industry, 1906-1908
Box 12, Folder 33-35Movie Industry, 1909-1912
Box 12, Folder 36-41Movie Industry, 1913 et seq.
Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1 Movie Industry – West Coast
Box 13, Folder 2Movie Industry – Patents (other than Edison and MPPC)
Box 13, Folder 3Nickelodeons
Box 13, Folder 4Patent Law
Box 13, Folder 5Pathe
Box 13, Folder 6Photography – History
Box 13, Folder 7 Selig, William N.
Box 13, Folder 8Spoor, George K.
Box 13, Folder 9-11Trusts, Combinations, and Patents
Box 13, Folder 12-14U.S. vs. MPPC – Suit (1912 – 1914) and Case Record
Box 13, Folder 15U.S. vs. MPPC (Case Record and Suit) Gov. Brief and Reply Brief
Box 13, Folder 16-17U.S. vs. MPPC – District Court – Trial and Decision
Box 13, Folder 18U.S. vs. MPPC – Appeal
Box 13, Folder 19Vitagraph
Box 13, Folder 20-21MPPC Study Source Materials
Box 13, Folder 22MPPC Study Categories
Box 13, Folder 23-25UNH “CURF” Grant for MPPC Study EG
Box 13, Folder 26-27Notes and Sources for MPPC Book EG
Box 13, Folder 28-29Notes and Sources for MPPC Book EG
Box 13, Folder 30Grant from American Film Institute for MPPC Book EG
Box 13, Folder 31-32Preface and first chapter of MPPC Book (various stages of manuscript) EG
Box 13, Folder 33-38“Chapter I – Used” Henry Ford – Philanthropist
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1-18“Chapters I-VII – HF Philanthropist”
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1-35“Chapters VIII-XX – HF Philanthropist”
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1-6“Ford Philanthropist Used”
Box 16, Folder 7-11Draft of The Making of Industrial America, 1840-1900
Box 16, Folder 12-15Manuscript: The Making of Industrial America, 1840-1900

Series 2: Lecture Notes

Box 16, Folder 16-22Lecture Notes Misc.
Box 16, Folder 23-24Lecture Notes Speech – “Modern Corporation and Managerial Responsibility”
Box 16, Folder 25-33Lecture Notes “History 85”
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1-8Lecture Notes “History 85”
Box 17, Folder 9Lecture Notes “History 86”
Box 17, Folder 10-11Lecture Notes History 198
Box 17, Folder 12Lecture Notes History 504
Box 17, Folder 13-14Lecture Notes History 715
Box 17, Folder 15-24Lecture Notes “History 725 Business History”
Box 17, Folder 25-26Lecture Notes “History 725 Business History, xerox copies of articles”
Box 17, Folder 27Lecture Notes “History 725, Documents”

Series 3: Articles

Box 17, Folder 28-31Articles for The Dictionary of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts
Box 17, Folder 32-35Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, included in section titled:”Science and Technology,” correspondence, notes, and manuscripts
Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, included in section titled:”Science and Technology,” correspondence, notes, and manuscripts
Box 18, Folder 2Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts – E.H. Harriman, J.B. Duke, G. Swift, F. M. Forbes
Box 18, Folder 3Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts – Henry Ford
Box 18, Folder 4Articles in The Encyclopedia of American History, correspondence, notes, and manuscripts – Collins P. Hudington
Box 18, Folder 5Proposed Articles for Dictionary of American Biography, (D.A.B.)
Box 18, Folder 6-7D.A.B. article on Henry Ford, correspondence and notes
Box 18, Folder 8-14D.A.B. article on Henry Ford, manuscripts (various stages)
Box 18, Folder 15-20D.A.B. article on Henry Ford, handwritten manuscript

Series 4: Miscellaneous

Box 18, Folder 21-25Miscellaneous essays written for Ford Histories
Box 18, Folder 26Comments on Little, Brown Reader in American History
Box 18, Folder 27-28British Sessional Papers
Box 18, Folder 29-30Correspondence and conduct on possible book on Newton Baker for Alfred Knopf and Co.
Box 18, Folder 31-33Correspondence on Bancroft Awards (1971), on July with Richard Morris (Columbia) and Robert Ferrell (Indiana University)
Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1-2Economic reprints – correspondence with Alan Nevins
Box 19, Folder 3-4Correspondence regarding possible studies of U.S. Aviation industry and U.S. Bureaucracy in World War I
Box 19, Folder 5-8“Dearborn Independent”
Box 19, Folder 9“History”
Box 19, Folder 10-18“Greenfield Village (used), Wayside Inn”
Box 19, Folder 19-30Miscellaneous

Series 5: Microfilm

Box 20
Five Reels of Microfilm: Reels 1-4 include seven volumes of the transcript of record copy of the Supreme Court Case, “The United States of America v. Motion Picture Company.” The fifth reel contains a copy of a master’s thesis entitled, Preliminary Survey of the Operation of the Market in the Motion Picture Industry by Patricia K. Herbert, dated May 19, 1947
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