Guide to the David B. King Papers

Print this Finding Aid | Email this Finding Aid


Overview of the Collection

Creator: King, David B.
Title: David B. King Papers
Dates: 1982-1994 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic foot (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS KingD
Summary: The David B. King Papers document the research, writing, and teaching of King, an Oregon State University History Department faculty member specializing in modern European history.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 

Biographical Note

David B. King was a faculty member in the Oregon State University History Department from 1962 until his retirement in 1998. He specialized in modern European history. King earned his BA from Hamilton College (1951), MA from Rutgers Universitity (1955), and his PhD from Cornell Univeristy (1962).

Content Description

The David B. King Papers consist of materials created and assembled by King pertaining to his research, writing, and teaching. The bulk of the materials pertain to his book The Crisis of Our Time: Reflections on the Course of Western Civilization, Past, Present, and Future (1988) and include an annotated typed manuscript of the book, a few notes, and several book reviews.

The Papers also include correspondence, course outlines, essays, a research proposal, and sketches. The sketches include cartoons and caricatures based on OSU faculty and well-known Oregon personalities and issues that he distributed within the History Department. Topics addressed in the sketches include the spotted owl as a threatened or endangered species, OSU faculty, and higher education funding in Oregon.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

David B. King Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Materials were transferred from the History Department in 2007.

Related Materials :  

The History Department records are a component of the College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143). The Archives' holdings include the papers of several history faculty members, including John B. Horner, Don McIlvenna, and William G. Robbins.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of History
  • Subject Terms :
  • Civilization, Western
  • History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Cartoons (humorous images)

    ^ Return to Top