Howard Gillette Metropolitan Washington Region Urban History subject files
Collection Scope and Content
The collection includes materials on the history of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The collection documents the history of DC communities, focusing on community structure, organizations, politics, events, transportation and difficulties, such as crime and includes paper articles, brochures, pamphlets and letters.
- Creation: 1873-1995
- Gillette, Howard, Jr.,, 1942 - (Person)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Historical or Biographical Note
Howard Frank Gillette, Jr. (1942- ) recently retired as Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers University-Camden. He was a Professor of History at Rutgers University from 1999-2011. Prior to working at Rutgers University, Professor Gillette was a Professor of American Civilization and History at The George Washington University from 1970-1999. He was instrumental in helping develop and grow the American Studies Program in his time at GW. Prior to working at GW, Professor Gillette taught at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in American Civilization from 1960-1970. He received his B.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in American Studies from Yale University.
Professor Gillette is author of "Class Divide: Yale '64 and the Conflicted Legacy of the Sixities (Cornell University Press, 2015); "Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities from the Garden City to the New Urbanism" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010); "Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005);"Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C." (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995) Professor Gillette was a co-author with Fredric Miller of "Washington Seen: A Photographic History, 1875-1965," also published by Johns Hopkins in 1995. He is editor of "Southern City, National Ambition: The Growth of Early Washington," published by George Washington University in association with the American Institute of Architects in 1995 in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name. He is co-editor of the "Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia" (2009-); "The Divided Metropolis" with Willam Cutler (Greenwood Press, 1980); and "American Urbanism" with Zane Miller (Greenwood Press, 1987). His essays have appeared in a wide range of journals, including The Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Urban History, American Quarterly, The Public Historian, Chicago History, Washington History, and Social Science History.
Professor Gillette was the co-director (2001-2010) of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, a Rutgers-Temple University partnership, formed in 1999, and currently working with a NEH challenge grant to establish its endowment. He also serves as a faculty associate of the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers. Professor Gillette has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He was a founder and first director of George Washington's Center for Washington Area Studies. He served as editor of Washington History, published by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. from 1992-1994, and he is immediate past president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Planning History and he has served as exhibits editor for The Public Historian. He has consulted with a number of cultural organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the D.C. Public Library, the Atwater-Kent Museum, The City Museum of Washington, the New-York Historical Society, and the University of Baltimore.
He is a member of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Urban History Association, National Council on Public History, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Immigration, and Ethnic History Society.
Professor Gillette received the following awards: the Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Introductory Teaching, 1997; the Class of 1962 Presidential Service Award, Rutgers University, 2006; the Citation of Merit, New Jersey Historical Commission, November 2006; and the President's Award, South Jersey Walt Whitman Preservation Forum, May 2006. "Camden after the Fall" was awarded the following: Best Book North American Urban History, Urban History Association, 2006; the Richard P. McCormick Prize for Best Book in New Jersey History, 2005-2006; Honor Book, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, 2006; and Best Book, 2006, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award.
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Language of Materials
Collection includes materials on the history of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The collection documents the history of DC communities, focusing on community structure, organizations, politics, events, transportation and difficulties, such as crime and includes paper articles, brochures, pamphlets and letters.
Organized into four series: Geographic locations, Organizations, Politics, and Individual.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Howard Gillette, January 1995.
- Guide to the Howard Gillette Metropolitan Washington Region Urban History subject files, 1873-1995
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Finding aid written in English