Guide to the Richard M. Brace (1915-1977) Papers

Collection Title: Richard M. Brace (1915-1977) Papers
Dates: 1933-1986
Identification: 11/3/16/10
Creator: Brace, Richard M. (Richard Munthe), 1915-1977
Extent: 15 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Richard Munthe Brace accepted an invitation to join the Northwestern University faculty as an associate professor of history in 1947. He stayed at Northwestern until 1965 when he moved to Oakland University (in Michigan). His research and teaching interests centered on French and modern European history. The Richard Brace Papers are arranged in eight subseries: biographical materials, education tiles, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organizations files, speeches and papers, and publications.
Acquisition Information: Mrs. Joan Brace donated these records to the University Archives on November 7w 1979 (Accession 079-223).
Processing Information: William K. Beatty; July and August, 1985.
Separated Materials: Approximately ten linear inches of correspondence, documents, clippings, and notes relating to the Algerian Children's Fund have been transferred to the Northwestern University Library Africans Department. Another five linear inches of publications and manuscripts, primarily papers given at conferences and pertaining to African countries and issues, also have also been sent to the Africans Department.
Conditions Governing Access: Housed in a half box, as an addition to the Brace Papers, are letters, primarily recommendations for students, selected from the Department of History Graduate Student files by Professor Richard W. Leopold and conveyed to the University Archives by Professor Leopold in 1985 (Accession 085-152). These letters may be consulted only with the written permission of the chair of the History Department. Teaching files (Box 4, Folder 2 through Box 7, Folder 11) may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Richard Munthe Brace was born in Alameda, California on August 11, 1915. He took all his degrees at the University of California, Berkeley: B.A. (1936), M.A. (1937), and Ph.D. (1940).

From 1941 to 1943 Bruce taught history at the University of Maine. During the tatter part of World War II he taught at Pomona College (California) where he was also director of the European language and area program (France and Spain) for the U.S. Army. Brace then taught at the University of Colorado from 1945 to 1947. In the latter year he accepted an invitation to join the Northwestern University faculty as an associate professor of history. Northwestern promoted him to professor in 1957. Brace held this position until 1965 when he moved to Oakland University (a branch of Michigan State University, in Rochester, Michigan) as professor and chairman of its history department. His research and teaching interests centered on French and modern European history.

Brace spent 1968-1969 as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego. In the fall of 1969 he returned to Oakland University. He remained on the Oakland faculty until his death in June, 1977.

In 1939 Brace married Joan Tilden von Schmidt; the couple had two children: Geoffrey R. (born ca. 1943) and Pamela, later Mrs. Douglas Holcomb (born ca. 1945).

Often accompanied by his wife, Brace frequently traveled to France and Algeria. In 1961 the Braces founded the Algerian Children's Fund and were active in its fundraising and administration during the five years of its existence. Their goal, successfully achieved, was the establishment of a home for Algerian children orphaned during the revolution against French rule.

Scope and Content

The Richard Brace Papers, filling 10 boxes and spanning the period 1933 to 1977, are arranged in eight subseries: biographical materials, education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organizations files, speeches and papers, and publications.

The biographical materials include several curriculum vitae, bibliographies, and news clippings. A folder pertaining to Mrs. Brace includes her draft of a short story and the text of a book review as well as correspondence, clippings, and related items pertaining to her art work and exhibitions. A folder of items relating to Geoffrey Brace includes mainly student papers from his work at college.

The education files, arranged Largely by course number, consist primarily of reading and lecture notes, with some exams and a few papers from Brace's undergraduate and graduate studies at Berkeley.

General correspondence, arranged both in chronological and subject folders, deals mostly with Brace's teaching, writing, and speaking activities. Of particular interest are several letters to and from George McGovern regarding Brace's attempts to secure a diplomatic post with the Carter administration during the mid-1970s (Box 3, Folder 19).

The teaching files include lecture and reading notes, syllabi, a few student papers, and grade sheets. Also here are the texts for two radio broadcasts Brace gave for the University of Colorado series, “History in the Making,” in 1947. These texts deal largely with European diplomatic and political developments and with U.S. relations with Vichy France. The teaching files are organized in sequence first according to the chronological order of Brace's academic appointments and then by course number and course title.

Research and consulting files include correspondence, notes, and reports relating to Brace's applications for financial support and his work as a consultant to several granting agencies. The files are arranged alphabetically by title of agency or organization.

The professional organizations tiles consist of correspondence, brief manuscripts, and notes primarily pertaining to conferences at which Brace served as a moderator or panelist.

The speeches and papers includes correspondence and a few manuscripts. Of special interest is Brace's address, “France During the First Year of World War II,” given at Chico State College on October 3, 1940. The three versions of this speech provide a reflection of his personal experiences in France. Brace exhorted Americans to press for government support to the Allies.

The publications files are divided into folders relating first to books and then to chapters and articles written by Brace or co-authored by Brace and his wife. Primarily, the files include correspondence with publishers well as some contractual materials and proposals for book projects never completed. Some of Brace's major publications are represented in the files including Bordeaux and the Gironde (1947), an outgrowth of his doctoral dissertation. The first edition of his, The Making of the Modern World(1955), is represented by the typescripts for chapters 19-27.

Arrangement of Materials

The Richard Brace Papers are arranged in eight subseries: biographical materials, education tiles, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organizations files, speeches and papers, and publications. The education files are arranged largely by course number. General correspondence is arranged both in chronological and subject folders. The teaching files are organized in sequence first according to the chronological order of Brace's academic appointments and then by course number and course title. Research and consulting files are arranged alphabetically by title of agency or organization. The publications files are divided into folders relating first to books and then to chapters and articles written by Brace.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of History--Faculty

Geographical Name

Europe--History--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States

Personal Name

Brace, Richard M. (Richard Munthe), 1915-1977

McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-2012--Correspondence


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • Personal, 1953-1975Box 1, Folder 1
    • Clippings and News Releases, 1945-1965Box 1, Folder 2
    • Programs, 1947-1977Box 1, Folder 3
    • Financial Records, 1947-1976Box 1, Folder 4
    • Income Tax, 1941-1949Box 1, Folder 5
    • Income Tax, 1951-1959Box 1, Folder 6
    • Income Tax, 1960-1962Box 1, Folder 7
    • Insurance, 1948-1950Box 1, Folder 8
    • Family, 1948, 1975Box 1, Folder 9
    • Joan Brace: Correspondence, Articles, Clippings, Notes, 1960-1961Box 1, Folder 10
    • Geoffrey Brace: Student Papers, 1963-1968Box 1, Folder 11
  • Education Files
    • History 4, 1935Box 2, Folder 1
    • History 15, 1934-1935Box 2, Folder 2
    • History 121B, 1937Box 2, Folder 3
    • History 125C, 1937Box 2, Folder 4
    • History 145, n.d.Box 2, Folder 5
    • History 146, 1935Box 2, Folder 6
    • History 147a, 1936Box 2, Folder 7
    • History 147b, 1937Box 2, Folder 8
    • History 148, 1936Box 2, Folder 9
    • History 149a, 1937Box 2, Folder 10
    • History 149b, n.d.Box 2, Folder 11
    • History 162, n.d.Box 3, Folder 1
    • History 171b, n.d.Box 3, Folder 2
    • History 174b, n.d.Box 3, Folder 3
    • History 5187a, 1937Box 3, Folder 4
    • History 241b, 1937Box 3, Folder 5
    • Political Science 232a, 1938Box 3, Folder 6
    • European Diplomacy, 1830-1853, n.d.Box 3, Folder 7
    • Historiography, 1937-1938Box 3, Folder 8
    • U.S. Great Men., n.dBox 3, Folder 9
    • General Exams, 1933-1938Box 3, Folder 10
  • Correspondence
    • General, 1941-1943Box 3, Folder 11
    • General, 1945-1946Box 3, Folder 12
    • General, 1947-1949Box 3, Folder 13
    • General, 1952-1959Box 3, Folder 14
    • General, Letters to Michael C. Reynolds, 1961-1968Box 3, Folder 15
    • General, 1970-1977Box 3, Folder 16
    • General, n.d.Box 3, Folder 17
    • Bernard, Lloyd D., 1953-1954Box 3, Folder 18
    • President Garter Transition Group, 1975-1977Box 3, Folder 19
    • Cornell University Press, 1972-1975Box 3, Folder 20
    • RMB job searches, 1947-1976Box 3, Folder 21
    • Rand McNally, 1953-1954Box 4, Folder 1
  • Teaching Files
    • Chico State College, 1941Box 4, Folder 2
    • University of Maine, General, n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
    • University of Maine, History 4s, n.d.Box 4, Folder 4
    • University of Maine, History 5, 1941-1942Box 4, Folder 5
    • University of Maine, History 6, n.d.Box 4, Folder 6
    • University of Maine, History 23 and 24, 1942-1943Box 4, Folder 7
    • University of Maine, History 51-113, 1941-1945Box 4, Folder 8
    • Pomona College, General, 1943-1944Box 4, Folder 9
    • Pomona College, General, n.d.Box 4, Folder 10
    • Pomona College, History 1, 1943-1944Box 4, Folder 11
    • Pomona College, History 114 1945Box 4, Folder 12
    • Pomona College, History 704, 706, 710-712, 1943Box 4, Folder 13
    • University of Colorado, General, 1945-1946Box 4, Folder 14
    • University of Colorado, History 1, 1945-1947Box 4, Folder 15
    • University of Colorado, History 143, 1945-1947Box 4, Folder 16
    • University of Colorado, History 147b, 1946Box 4, Folder 17
    • University of Colorado, History 149, 1946-1947Box 4, Folder 18
    • University of Colorado, “History in the Making” (Radio Program), 1947Box 4, Folder 19
    • Northwestern University, History A, 1949-1957Box 5, Folder 1
    • Northwestern University, History A10 and A10-1, 1948-1962Box 5, Folder 2
    • Northwestern University, History A10-2, 1956-1962Box 5, Folder 3
    • Northwestern University, History A10-3, 1953-1962Box 5, Folder 4
    • Northwestern University, History UA1a, n.d.Box 5, Folder 5
    • Northwestern University, History C30, 1947-1954Box 5, Folder 6
    • Northwestern University, History C30-b and 2, 1947-1964Box 5, Folder 7
    • Northwestern University, History C40, 1948-1950Box 5, Folder 8
    • Northwestern University, History C40-a and 1, 1950-1963Box 5, Folder 9
    • Northwestern University, History C40-b and 2, 1946-1962Box 6, Folder 1
    • Northwestern University, History C40-3, 1952-1964Box 6, Folder 2
    • Northwestern University, History C50, 1944, 1948, 1961Box 6, Folder 3
    • Northwestern University, History E2 1948Box 6, Folder 4
    • Northwestern University, History UCC30a, 1948, 1956Box 6, Folder 5
    • Northwestern University, History UCC35, 1966Box 6, Folder 6
    • Northwestern University, History UCNCL2, 1950Box 6, Folder 7
    • Introduction to Medieval Civilization, n.dBox 6, Folder 8
    • Roman Empire, n.d.Box 6, Folder 9
    • Europe: Norse Invasions through Carolingian Empire, n.d.Box 6, Folder 10
    • Feudalism, n.d.Box 6, Folder 11
    • France: Capetians through 1500, n.d.Box 6, Folder 12
    • Feudal Monarchy, n.d.Box 6, Folder 13
    • Peace Conference of Paris, n.d.Box 6, Folder 14
    • 18th Century through the Congress of Vienna, n.d.Box 6, Folder 15
    • Italian Unification, n.d.Box 6, Folder 16
    • Germany, n.d.Box 6, Folder 17
    • League of Nations, n.d.Box 6, Folder 18
    • Italy and Germany, n.d.Box 6, Folder 19
    • USSR and Far East, n.d.Box 6, Folder 20
    • France, 1461-1946, n.d.Box 6, Folder 21
    • B.A. Program, 1947-1948Box 6, Folder 22
    • Notes, 16th-18th Century, n.dBox 6, Folder 23
    • Ph.D. Exams, 1935-1963Box 7, Folder 1
    • Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants, 1952-1953Box 7, Folder 2
    • Graduate Student: Laux, James W.: French Economic Policy, Diss. Chapters 1-7, 1956Box 7, Folder 3
    • Graduate Student: Laux, James W.: French Economic Policy, Dias. Chapters 8-end, 1956Box 7, Folder 4
    • Oakland University, History 100, 1973Box 7, Folder 5
    • Oakland University, History 125-441, 1965-1977Box 7, Folder 6
    • Oakland University, Convocation Address, 1966Box 7, Folder 7
    • Oakland University, Academic Dishonesty, 1974-1976Box 7, Folder 8
    • Oakland University, Miscellaneous, 1974-1976Box 7, Folder 9
    • University of California, San Diego, History 141, n.d.Box 7, Folder 10
    • University of California, San Diego, History 152A, 1968-1969Box 7, Folder 11
  • Research and Consulting Files
    • Associated Research Councils, 1949-1950Box 7, Folder 12
    • Belgian American Educational Foundation, 1953-1954Box 7, Folder 13
    • The French Press, n.d.Box 7, Folder 14
    • Guggenheim Foundation, 1953-1954Box 7, Folder 15
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Consultant for Younger Scholar Fellowships, 1967-1968Box 7, Folder 16
    • National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, 1966Box 7, Folder 17
    • North Africa in Transition, 1971Box 7, Folder 18
    • Northwestern University, Committee on Research, 1949-1962Box 7, Folder 19
    • Public Records Office and 24 des Electeurs, n.d.Box 8, Folder 1
    • Rockefeller Foundation Grant, 1962-1964Box 8, Folder 2
    • Social Science Research Council, 1949-1964Box 8, Folder 3
    • Notes, 1960Box 8, Folder 4
  • Professional Organizations Files
    • American Historical Association, 1968-1975Box 8, Folder 5
    • Association for Third World Affairs, 1967Box 8, Folder 6
    • Conference on Modern France, 1949Box 8, Folder 7
    • Consortium on Revolution, 1977Box 8, Folder 8
    • Newberry Library Conference on French History, 1957Box 8, Folder 9
    • Western Society of French History, 1975Box 8, Folder 10
  • Speeches and Papers
    • American Historical Association, 1951-1952, 1976Box 8, Folder 11
    • Arab-Israeli Relations, n.d.Box 8, Folder 12
    • Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 1974-1975Box 8, Folder 13
    • Chico State College, 1940Box 8, Folder 14
    • Nicholson Lectures, 1949Box 8, Folder 15
  • Publications: Books
    • “Algerian Voices (1965)”, 1964-1970, 1975Box 8, Folder 16
    • “Bordeaux and the Gironde, 1789-1794 (1947)”, 1946-1947Box 8, Folder 17
    • The French Revolution (Proposed Book), 1966-1967Box 8, Folder 18
    • “The Making of the Modern World(1955, 2nd 1961)”, 1967-1975Box 8, Folder 19
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 19, 1955Box 8, Folder 20
    • The Making of the Modern Wor1d 1st ed., Chapter 20, 1955Box 8, Folder 21
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 21, 1955Box 9, Folder 1
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 22, 1955Box 9, Folder 2
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 23, 1955Box 9, Folder 3
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 24, 1955Box 9, Folder 4
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 25, 1955Box 9, Folder 5
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 26, 1955Box 9, Folder 6
    • The Making of the Modern World 1st ed., Chapter 27, 1955Box 9, Folder 7
    • “Morocco. Algeria, Tunisia (1964)”, 1962-1966, 1975Box 9, Folder 8
    • “Ordeal in Algeria (1960)”, 1960-1964, 1975Box 9, Folder 9
    • “Rise and Fall of the French Union (Proposed Book)”, 1966Box 9, Folder 10
    • Fragments n.d.Box 9, Folder 11
  • Publications: Chapters and Articles
    • “Europe between Versailles and Hitler”, 1947Box 9, Folder 12
    • Collier's Encyclopedia, Biographies and Short Articles, 1947Box 10, Folder 1
    • History of France, 1947Box 10, Folder 2
    • Algeria——— Articles, n.d.Box 10, Folder 3
    • “Carnot and the Treason of Dumouriez”, 1949Box 10, Folder 4
    • “France Faces Another Political and Economic Crisis”, 1948Box 10, Folder 5
    • “French Labor Movement...1876-1886”, n.d.Box 10, Folder 6
    • “Relationships between General Dumouriez and the Girondins”, 1949-1950Box 10, Folder 7
    • “Opportunities for Research and Writing in the Era of the French Revolution”, n.d.Box 10, Folder 8
    • “Slavery in Law and Practice in France and the West Indies”, 1975-1977Box 10, Folder 9
    • Newspaper Article: “Small Wars...Big Blessing”, 1961Box 10, Folder 10
    • Book Reviews, 1945-1962Box 10, Folder 11
    • Reviews of Books by Brace(s), 1965Box 10, Folder 12
    • Reprints, 1941-1965Box 10, Folder 13
    • Miscellaneous, n.d.Box 10, Folder 14
  • Addition 1
      Description of the addition:  The addition comprises one folder of correspondence with Northwestern University graduate students, taken from History Department Graduate Student files, chiefly from the 1950s; and one folder of photocopies of correspondence between Brace and his student James Laux (1953-63). There are photocopies as well of Letters from G. T. Romani, a card from Gray Boyce, and one letter to L. S. Stavrianos, with a holograph reply. Acquisition information:  Accession #85-152 was received July 23, 1985, from R. W. Leopold; accession #86-26 was received March 10, 1986, from James Laux via R. W. Leopold. Conditions governing access:  Correspondence from the Graduate Student files can be consulted only with written permission of the chair of the History Department. Photocopies may be consulted with the permission of R. W. Leopold.
    • Correspondence with graduate students, 1950sBox 11, Folder 1
    • Correspondence (photocopies), 1953-1977Box 11, Folder 2
  • Addition 2
      Description of the addition:  The addition comprises six letters from Richard Brace to Michael C. Reynolds, dating from 1964 to 1967 (11/29/64, 7/14/65, 9/23/65, 11/29/65, 9/27/66, 10/2/67). Acquisition information:  Donated to the University Archives by Michael C. Reynolds. (Accession #86-279) Conditions governing access:  Cannot be consulted without the permission of Professor Leopold.
  • Addition 3
      Description of the addition:  This addition to the Richard M. brace papers fills three boxes, spans the period 1943-1983, and includes the following: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching materials, speech files, and publication files. Biographical materials are comprised mainly of bank and financial records but also include clippings, vitas, and obituaries. Correspondence is arranged chronologically and includes, for the most part, letters of condolence to Joan Brace, with her responses, upon the death of her husband. Other family matters and concerns are reflected also in the correspondence. One folder of teaching materials and three folders of notes, drafts, and correspondence concerning Brace's speeches as well as publication files complete the addition. The publication files include article drafts, journal and newspaper reviews, and reviews of the Braces' book, Ordeal in Algeria. Acquisition information:  The addition was donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Joan Brace (Accession #87-97). Conditions governing access:  Biographical materials and correspondence may be used only with permission of the University Archivist. Processor:  William B. Beatty; March-April, 1987. Separated materials:  Approximately five linear inches of non-relevant material and a small amount of duplicate material have been discarded.
    • Biographical Materials
      • General, 1948-1975Box 12, Folder 1
      • Clippings, Programs, and Notes, 1951-1977Box 12, Folder 2
      • Bank Deposit Slips, 1969-1976Box 12, Folder 3
      • Bank Statements, 1974Box 12, Folder 4
      • Bank Statements, 1975Box 12, Folder 5
      • Bank Statements, 1976Box 12, Folder 6
      • Bank Statements, 1977Box 13, Folder 1
      • Check Stubs, 1945-1946Box 13, Folder 2
      • Check Stubs, 1975-1976Box 13, Folder 3
      • Financial Records, 1943-1978Box 13, Folder 4
      • Income Tax Forms, 1974-1976Box 13, Folder 5
      • Salary Receipts, 1969-1977Box 13, Folder 6
      • Obituaries, 1977Box 13, Folder 7
      • Memorial Service, 1977Box 13, Folder 8
    • Correspondence
      • General, 1952-1976Box 13, Folder 9
      • General, Jan. 2-June 7, 1977Box 13, Folder 10
      • General, Jun. 8-30, 1977Box 14, Folder 1
      • General, July 1-31, 1977Box 14, Folder 2
      • General, Aug. 1-Dec. 7, 1977Box 14, Folder 3
      • General, 1983Box 14, Folder 4
      • Geoffrey Brace, 1970-1976Box 14, Folder 5
      • Trips to Algeria, 1964Box 14, Folder 6
    • Teaching Files
      • History D3; History 201, 1977Box 14, Folder 7
    • Speeches
      • Convocation Address Oakland University, Sept. 71 1966Box 14, Folder 8
      • The Making of the Modern World, n.d.Box 14, Folder 9
      • Some Reflections After Study of Modern Northwest Africa, n.d.Box 14, Folder 10
    • Publications
      • The Boom in History Paperbacks, 1960Box 14, Folder 11
      • Chicago Sun-Times, 1959Box 14, Folder 12
      • Girondism and Jacobinism, n.d.Box 14, Folder 13
      • Identification, Social Origins, and Economic Status of the Girondins in the National Convention, 1958Box 14, Folder 14
      • The Pathology of Modern Revolution, 1974Box 14, Folder 15
      • Fragments, 1956; 1971Box 14, Folder 16
      • Book Reviews, 1956-1976Box 14, Folder 17
      • Ordeal in Algeria, Reviews, 1960-1961Box 14, Folder 18
  • Addition 4
      Description of the addition:  The material in this one box addition falls in six categories: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching files, research materials, professional organizations, and publications. Some of the materials pertain to Richard's widow Joan. The biographical materials include a 1972 curriculum vita and some tax and personal expense records. Correspondence includes letters from historians Gray Boyce and Oscar Handlin. The teaching files contain a small amount of material related, for the most part, to student demonstrations at the University of California, San Diego during the period 1968—1969 when Brace was a visiting professor there. Research tiles include bibliographic cards, a research grant application, and notes. The materials relating to professional organizations include notes, programs, and correspondence concerning the first and second consortia on French colonial history held in 1975 and 1976. Materials concerning publications consist of the typescript for an article, a review of the Braces' Ordeal in Algeria, and a few royalty statements. Acquisition information:  Joan Brace donated these materials to the University Archives on May 22, 1987 (Accession 1187—97). Conditions governing access:  None. Processor:  William B. Beatty; July, 1987.
    • Biographical Materials
      • General, 1972Box 15, Folder 1
      • Financial Records, 1970-1984Box 15, Folder 2
    • Correspondence
      • General Correspondence, 1949-1986Box 15, Folder 3
    • Teaching Files
      • Student Paper, n.d.Box 15, Folder 4
      • University of California, San Diego, 1968-1969Box 15, Folder 5
    • Research Files
      • French Authors, n.d.Box 15, Folder 6
      • French Revolution, n.d.Box 15, Folder 7
      • Historical Pessimism in the French Enlightenment, n.d.Box 15, Folder 8
      • Folder 9 Medieval History, n.d.Box 15, Folder 9
      • National Endowment for the Humanities: Research Proposal, 1972Box 15, Folder 10
      • Notes, n.d.Box 15, Folder 11
      • Oakland University: Application for Research Leave, 1972Box 15, Folder 12
      • Roland: Notes, n.d.Box 15, Folder 13
    • Professional Organizations
      • French Colonial Historical Society, 1975-1976Box 15, Folder 14
    • Publications
      • The French Communists and the Algerian War, n.d.Box 15, Folder 15
      • Reviews, 1960Box 15, Folder 16
      • Royalty Statements, 1975-1976Box 15, Folder 17