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Clyde Leclare Grose (1889-1942) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/16/22

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Scope and Contents

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."


  • 1917-1987


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



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."

Arrangement Note

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

Method of Acquisition

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.

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