Guide to the Clyde Leclare Grose (1889-1942) Papers

Collection Title: Clyde Leclare Grose (1889-1942) Papers
Dates: 1917-1987
Identification: 11/3/16/22
Creator: Grose, Clyde LeClare, 1899-1942
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Clyde LeClare Grose, a specialist in early modern British history, came to Northwestern University as an Instructor in History in 1916, soon after becoming Chairman of the History Department. He remained at Northwestern until his death in 1942.
Grose was born on April 8, 1889, in Deweyville, Ohio, and spent his childhood on the family farm. He and his parents then moved to Findlay, Ohio where he attended high school; he received his bachelor's degree from Findlay College in 1910. He went on to Harvard University, where he earned an M.A. in 1914. Grose received his PhD from Harvard in 1918 for a dissertation entitled "A Study in Restoration Anglo-French Relations Chiefly during the Years from 1674-1677."
Acquisition Information: The Clyde LeClare Grose Papers are made up of several accessions. Claudine V. Mason donated memorial sketches of Clyde LeClare and Carolyn Trowbridge Grose on July 27, 1987, as Accession No. 87-159; Peter Grose (vis Richard Leopold) donated his father's Harvard PhD dissertation and one box of correspondence relating to the Select Bibliography on August 3, 1987 (Accession No. 87-164) and December 17, 1987 (Accession No. 87-278), respectively; Thomas L.T. Grose donated one folder of photocopied correspondence on October 13, 1987, as Accession No. 87-223; and Lacey Baldwin Smith donated one folder of correspondence on December 17, 1988, as Accession No. 88-42.
Processing Information: Amber Thessen; Spring 2004
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
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

Clyde LeClare Grose, a specialist in early modern British history, came to Northwestern University as an Instructor in History in 1916, soon after becoming Chairman of the History Department. He remained at Northwestern until his death in 1942.

Grose was born on April 8, 1889, in Deweyville, Ohio, and spent his childhood on the family farm. He and his parents then moved to Findlay, Ohio where he attended high school; he received his bachelor’s degree from Findlay College in 1910. He went on to Harvard University, where he earned an M.A. in 1914. Grose received his PhD from Harvard in 1918 for a dissertation entitled “A Study in Restoration Anglo-French Relations Chiefly during the Years from 1674-1677.”

He joined Northwestern University as an Instructor in History in 1916, while he continued to work on his doctoral dissertation. In 1918, he served as second lieutenant in the Nineteenth Artillery Brigade. From 1922 to 1931, Grose acted as the Director of Northwestern University’s Summer Session. In 1931, he was named the William Smith Mason Professor of History. Finally, in 1942, Grose became the Chairman of the History Department.

His most notable work was the massive Selected Bibliography of British History, 1660-1760, on which he spent thirteen years. The bibliography contained 8,000 entries (all but 29 of which he had personally read) and was well received both in its initial publication in 1939 and its reissue in 1967. Other important works included Englishmen Abroad: Being an Account of their Travels in the Seventeenth Century, which was completed by Robert Munter after his death and published in 1986.

In 1921 Grose married Carolyn Trowbridge (1899-1981), a 1921 graduate of Northwestern University’s College of Liberal Arts. They had three children: Trowbridge, Virginia, and Peter. Grose fell ill in 1941 with fatal kidney disease. He continued to work from his home, holding conferences, doing research, and fulfilling his obligations as Department Chair, until his death on May 6, 1942.

Scope and Content

The Clyde LeClare Grose Papers fill two boxes and consist of biographical information on Grose and his wife, correspondence, research, publications, and a bound copy of his dissertation. The material spans the years from 1987, with majority of the contents concentrated in the 1920s and 1930s.

Biographical materials include individual biographical sketches of Clyde and Carolyn Grose, written by their daughter Virginia. The sketch of Clyde Grose includes examples of his stories and poetry, as well as the prayer recited at his funeral in 1942. Additional biographical materials relating to Clyde Grose are press clippings, obituaries, and a genealogical outline of his ancestors. The materials pertaining to Carolyn Grose are transcripts, grade reports, and alumni information sheets related to her time at Northwestern University.

Correspondence includes two folders of general correspondence of Clyde Grose and Carolyn Trowbridge Grose, respectively. Clyde Grose's general correspondence span the years 1923 to 1987, arranged chronologically, and is primarily related to his work as a professor and later Department Chair. The folder includes letters written after his death by colleagues and publishers concerning the second edition of the Select Bibliography and the posthumous publication of Englishmen Abroad. Carolyn Grose's general correspondence file contains documents dating from 1918 to 1971, most of it relating to her relationship with Northwestern University. The remaining correspondence files, dating between 1920 and 1940, relate to Grose's work on the Selected Bibliography. Organized alphabetically by correspondent's surname, these letters document Grose's progress on the bibliography, as he sought criticism and suggestions from noted historians in this country and England.

The research file documents the awarding of a grant from the University towards Grose's work on his Selected Bibliography.

Publication materials are divided into three categories: publications and reprints of Grose's scholarly work, reviews of his Selected Bibliography, and dedications and mentions of him in other published works. The folder of published work dates from 1967. While the majority of the publications relate to Grose's specialty in seventeenth and eighteenth British history, his earliest publication was Northwestern University in the World War. Three reviews of Grose's bibliography date from 1940, soon after the book's initial publication. The final folder contains mentions and dedications of Dr. Grose in published works by others.

The conference file contains the program of the Conference of Representatives of University Social Science Research Organizations in 1937 at which Grose presided over a meeting entitled "Criteria and Objectives of Research in Social Science."

The final document is a bound volume of Grose's PhD dissertation, "A Study in Restoration Anglo-French Relations Chiefly during the Years from 1674-1677."

Arrangement of Materials

Each folder is organized chronologically with the exception of the correspondence related to Grose's bibliography research, which is organized alphabetically.

Subjects

Corporate Name

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

Geographical Name

Great Britain--History--Study and teaching (Higher)

Personal Name

Grose, Clyde LeClare, 1899-1942

Grose, Clyde LeClare, 1899-1942. Select bibliography of British history, 1660-1760


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials: Clyde GroseBox 1, Folder 1
  • Biographical Sketch and Writings, 1987Box 1, Folder 2
  • Biographical Materials: Carolyn Trowbridge GroseBox 1, Folder 3
  • Correspondence: General, Clyde Grose, 1923-1987, n.d.Box 1, Folder 4
  • Correspondence: General, Carolyn Trowbridge Grose, 1918-1971, n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
  • Correspondence: , Correspondents A-G, circa 1920-1940Box 1, Folder 6
  • Correspondence: …, Correspondents H-L circa, 1920-1940Box 1, Folder 7
  • Correspondence: …, Correspondents M-Q, circa 1920-1940Box 1, Folder 8
  • Correspondence: …, Correspondents R-Z, circa 1920-1940Box 1, Folder 9
  • Publications: Articles and Reprints, 1920-1967, n.d.Box 2, Folder 1
  • Publications: Reviews of, 1940-1962, n.d.Box 2, Folder 2
  • Publications: Mentions and Dedications to Clyde L. Grose, 1941, 1983Box 2, Folder 3
  • Research: Grants, 1940Box 2, Folder 4
  • "Conference of Representatives of University Social Science Research Organizations", 1937Box 2, Folder 5
  • PhD thesis: "A Study in Restoration Anglo-French Relations Chiefly during the Years from 1674-1677", 1917Box 2, Volume 1