J. Franklin Jameson Biography

John Franklin Jameson (1859–1937) was distinguished by his exemplary efforts to preserve the documentary history of the United States, and his vital role in shaping history as a profession and a discipline. After receiving his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1882, he taught at Johns Hopkins, Brown, and Chicago. He served as the managing editor of the American Historical Review from its establishment in 1895 until 1928. As director of the historical research department at the Carnegie Institution, he worked tirelessly for the establishment of a National Archives building, which was completed just three years before his death. He subsequently served as chief of the manuscripts division at the Library of Congress from 1928 to 1937. He was also noted for authoring The History of Historical Writing in America (1891) and The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement (1926) and editing the 19-volume Original Narratives of Early American History (1906–17).

Bibliography

An introduction to the study of the constitutional and political history of the States. By J. Franklin Jameson.Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins press, 1886; Reprint, New York, Johnson Reprint Corp., 1973.

Encyclopedic dictionary of American reference. By J. Franklin Jameson and J.W. Buel De luxe library edition, 2 vols. Dictionary of U.S. history. Boston, 1901.

Letters on the nullification movement in South Carolina, 1830-1834. Edited by J. Franklin Jameson. New York, 1901.

Gaps in the published records of United States history. By J. Franklin Jameson. New York, 1906.

Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664. Edited by J. Franklin Jameson; with three maps and a facsimile. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909.

Dictionary of United States history; alphabetical, chronological, statistical, from the earliest explorations to the present time; based upon the original work prepared in 1893 by J. Franklin Jameson. Rev. ed., edited under the supervision of Albert E. McKinley. Philadelphia, Historical publishing company, 1931.

The American Revolution considered as a social movement. New York, P. Smith, 1950, 1926.

An historian's world; selections from the correspondence of John Franklin Jameson. Edited by Elizabeth Donnan and Leo F. Stock. Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, 1956.

Essays in the constitutional history of the United States in the formative period, 1775-1789. New York, Da Capo Press, 1970.

An introduction to the study of the constitutional and political history of the States. Baltimore, N. Murray, publication agent, Johns Hopkins University, 1886. New York, Johnson Reprint Corp., 1973.

Essays in the constitutional history of the United States in the formative period, 1775-1789. By graduates and former members of the Johns Hopkins University; edited by J. Franklin Jameson. Reprint, Buffalo, N.Y.: W.S. Hein Co., 1986, 1889.

John Franklin Jameson and the development of humanistic scholarship in America. Edited by Morey Rothberg and Jacqueline Goggin; foreword by William E. Leuchtenburg, James H. Billington, and Don W. Wilson. 3 vols. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993-2001.