The Robert Wiebe Papers consist of biographical, correspondence, financial, University, department, teaching, advising, presentation, publication, and typescript files. Materials dating from approximately 1980 to 2000 form the bulk of the series.
Dating from 1949 to 2000, the biographical materials consist of research reports, curriculum vitae, press releases, and obituaries documenting Wiebe's education and career in academia. Spanning from 1974 to 1993, family history includes Wiebe's reminiscences of his parents as well as letters from Wiebe to his granddaughter, Ellery.
Correspondence files date from 1967 to 2000 and comprise subject folders of both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Alphabetically arranged, the files document Wiebe's employment at Northwestern; his involvement in the American Historical Association (AHA), the Organization of American Historians (OAH), and Gray Panthers, an organization for political activism; his travels; and his research fellowships. Prominent correspondents include historians Sam Bass Warner, Thomas Bender, and Kenneth Stampp.
Spanning the years 1957 to 2000, the restricted financial documents relate to Wiebe's inheritance from his parents and his publishing royalties. Royalty files are arranged alphabetically by publication.
Northwestern University files date between 1965 and 2000 and consist of Wiebe's notes, reports, and correspondence relating to university policies, programs, and committees. History Department files span from 1970 to 1999 and comprise notes, reports, and correspondence pertaining mainly to the history graduate program and the department's visiting faculty. Restricted files refer to departmental hiring decisions.
Arranged according to departmental alphanumeric course codes, the teaching files contain syllabi, lecture notes, and examination questions from Wiebe's graduate and undergraduate courses. One restricted folder includes student grades from 1979 to 1998.
Restricted advising files span the years 1987 to 2000 and are arranged alphabetically by student name. They include research proposals, papers, reading lists, and correspondence to and from both graduate and undergraduate students.
Arranged alphabetically by topic, the research files span the years 1996 to 2000 and comprise Wiebe's notes, bibliographies, drafts, and incoming correspondence relating to various research topics.
Dating from 1962 to 2000, presentation files document Wiebe's speeches and lectures at academic conferences and for television programs. Consisting of notes, typescripts, and correspondence, the files are arranged alphabetically by presentation title—excepting eight files of untitled or variously titled presentations, which are arranged alphabetically by venue.
Article files date from 1958 to 1998 and comprise notes, drafts, reader reviews, and correspondence to and from publishers documenting the revision and publication of Wiebe's scholarly articles. The files are arranged alphabetically by article title. One folder of article reprints illustrates the final form of many publications.
Spanning from 1972 to 2000, book files include reader reviews, notes, contracts, and incoming and outgoing correspondence pertaining to the publication of Wiebe's monographs. The files are arranged alphabetically by book title.
One folder of book reviews by Wiebe dates from 1962 to 1987 and comprises clippings of Wiebe's published reviews of other author's work. A folder of book reviews of Search for Order dating from 1967 to 1969 contains clippings that document other authors' assessments of Wiebe's seminal work.
Finally, the undated typescripts of apparently unpublished history papers are arranged alphabetically by title.