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Sidney Painter papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0033
This collection contains research material, writings, and course lecture notes dating from 1902-1960.

Dates

  • 1902-1960

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

1.76 Cubic Feet (2 legal size document boxes, 2 legal half-size document boxes, 2 pamphlet boxes (7.25 x 4 x 10 inches))

Biographical Note

Sidney Painter was born in New York in 1902, the son of Henry McMahon and Carrie Stevens Painter. He attended the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, and received his B. A. from Yale in 1925. His Ph.D., also from Yale, was granted in 1930. Painter remained at Yale for one year as assistant professor of history, then joined the Hopkins faculty in 1931. In 1945, he was promoted to full professor and appointed department chairman. He held the chairmanship until his death in 1960.

Painter's research focused on the political and social history of medieval England. His works included A History of the English Feudal Barony, The Reign of King John, The Rise of Feudal Monarchies, Medieval Society, and A History of the Middle Ages.

Painter died suddenly of a heart attack in January 1960.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research material, writings, and course lecture notes dating from 1902-1960. The research notes and course material are the strongest part of the collection. Much of Painter's research focused on the political and social history of medieval England. Painter compiled information from various primary sources, including pipe rolls and the Domesday Book, to support his work on the Middle Ages. The information Painter abstracted from the sources is primarily in list form. It would be difficult to use the material as a starting point for original research, but it might be used in conjunction with an already well-developed project. Painter taught English and medieval history. The course lecture notes, most in outline form, represent his methodology. The writings series contains only four items, two of which may be chapters from his works: typescripts on Richard III and the Crusades. There is also a typescript of an unpublished short story, set during the reign of King John, which combines fact and fiction.

Arrangement

Sidney Painter was Johns Hopkins history professor with a focus on the political and social history of medieval England. This collection contains research material, writings, and course lecture notes dating from 1902-1960.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred to Special Collections from the History Department sometime after Sidney Painter's death in 1960.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Margaret N. Burri in 1988.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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