Female biographers and biographies of female historians

Here are a couple more interesting lists from Doug Munro – this time of female biographers of male historians and, below, biographies of female historians.

Female biographers of male historians

ANDERSON, Fay. An Historian’s Life: Max Crawford and the politics of academic freedom. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005.

BAKER, Susan Stout, Radical Beginnings: Richard Hofstadter and the 1930s. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1985.

COLE, Margaret, The Life of G.D.H. Cole. London/New York: Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, 1971.

COLLEY, Linda, Namier. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1989.

FINK, Carole, Marc Bloch: a life in history. Cambridge: Canton edition, 1991 [Cambridge University Press, [1989].

FORSEY, Helen, Eugene Forsey: Canada’s maverick sage. Toronto: Dundurn, 2012.

GOGGIN, Jacqueline, Carter G. Woodson: a life in Black history. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1993.

HALL, Catherine, Macaulay and Son: architects of Imperial Britain. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2012.

HERNÁNDEZ, Maria Jesus Gonzales, Raymond Carr: la curiosidad del zorro – una biogfia. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011; & Barcelona: Circulo de Lectores, 2011.

MOYAL, Ann, Alan Moorehead: a rediscovery. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2005.

NAMIER, Julia, Lewis Namier: a biography. London: Oxford University Press, 1971.

OWSLEY, Harriett Chappell, Frank Lawrence Owsley: historian of the Old South. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1990.

SCHOFIELD, Victoria, Witness to History: the life of John Wheeler-Bennett. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2012.

SMITH, Charlotte Watkins, Carl Becker: on history and the climate of opinion. Carbondale/Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1956.

SOFFER, Reba N., History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America: from the Great War to Thatcher and Reagan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. [F.J.C. Hearnshaw, Keith Feiling, Arthur Bryant, Herbert Butterfield, Peter Viereck & Russell Kirk]

STAPLETON, Julia, Sir Arthur Bryant and National History in Twentieth-Century Britain. London: Lexington Books, 2005.

STREET, Pamela, Arthur Bryant: portrait of an historian. London: Collins, 1979.

WOODBURN, Susan, Where Our Hearts Still Lie: a life of Harry and Honor Maude in the Pacific Islands. Adelaide: Crawford House, 2003.


Biographies of female historians (includes histories of the historical profession)

BERG, Maxine, A Woman in History: Eileen Power, 1886-1940. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

BOUTILIER, Beverly, and Alison PRENTICE (eds), Creating Historical Memory: English-Canadian women and the work of history. Vancouver: UBCPress, 1997.

COVERT, James, A Victorian Marriage: Mandel and Louise Creighton. London/New York: Hambledon & London, 2000.

CROWLEY, Terry. Marriage of Minds: Isabel and Oscar Skelton reinventing Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

DES JARDINS, Julie, Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: gender, race, and the politics of memory, 1880-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

LOUGHLIN, Patricia, Hidden Treasures of the American West: Muriel H. Wright, Angie Debo, and Alice Marriott. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

LECKIE , Shirley A., Angie Debo: pioneering historian. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000.

REID, John G., Viola Florence Barnes, 1885-1979: a historian’s biography. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

RIDLEY, Ronald T., Jessie Webb: a memoir. Melbourne: History Department, University of Melbourne, 1994.

VERNON, Betty D., Margaret Cole, 1893-1980: a political biography. London: Croom Helm, 1986

WEAVER, Stewart A., The Hammonds: a marriage in history. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

WHITE, Deborah Gray (ed.), Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

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  1. Sorry I heard about this too late to attend, since it was booked out. I would be interested in attending other events at the Institute, especially in Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet history and women’s/gender history.

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