Paul Wallace Gates Papers,

Collection Number: 14-17-1403

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Paul Wallace Gates papers, 1873-1996, 1934-1982 (bulk)
Collection Number:
Paul Wallace, Gates 1901-
34.6 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Publications, Scrapbooks
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Correspondence, office files, printed material, and other papers relating to Gates's study of U.S. land policy, his role in Indian land claims, and his work as a professor of American history.
Collection material in English


Professor of History, Cornell University. Paul W. Gates was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on December 4, 1901.
He taught at Harvard and Bucknell from 1929-1936 and worked for the Federal Agricultural Adjustment Administration, 1934-1935. He joined the history faculty at Cornell University and was Chairman of the History Department from 1946-1956. His research in United States public land policy resulted in the publication of seven books and numerous articles. He had four childredn Edward Wilder Gates known as "Ted" or "Teddy", Lillian Francis Gates, known as "Sue", Annete Rachel Gates, and Rosemary Wilder Gates.


Correspondence, office files, printed material, and other papers relating to Gates's study of U.S. land policy, his role in Indian land claims, and his work as a professor of American history.
Includes "A History of Economic Influences on the Fort Belknap and Blackfeet Indian Reservations," by Paul W. Gates, August 1975, written for the U.S Dept. of Justice.
Mimeo material on the MIT tenure case of David Noble, 1986. New Hampshire towns annual reports.
Also contains personal and family papers of the Gates and Cowdell families, including school memorabilia from Maine and Massachusetts, undergraduate scrapbook from Colby College. Also includes papers of Lillian Frances Cowdell Gates, his wife of 62 years. Lillian Gates was born in England and educated in Canada at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and the United States at Clark University. In 1956 she received the Ph.D. degree from Radcliffe College. In addition to editing Professor Gates' works, she wrote AFTER THE REBELLION: THE LATER YEARS OF WILLIAM LYONS MACKENZIE, "a meticulous portrait of one of Scotland's foremost immigrants to Canada." This volume was published in 1988.
Also includes set of card facsimiles made for sale at the British Museum featuring 12 illustrations from an "Early Sixteenth Century Flemish Calendar (Add. MS. 24098)."
Correspondence, including letters to and from David M. Ellis, History Department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York; office files; pamphlets; circulars; reprints; recommendations of students; issues of NATIONAL GUARDIAN; material on 1940s politics; broadsides; photostats and atlas of Wisconsin pine lands, and manuscript map of Northern Wisconsin showing Cornell University land and area of railroad land grant; photostats of THE SACRAMENTO DAILY RECORD and CALUSA SUN, both California newspapers; material on Indian claims, and exhibit material for Gates' presentation before the Indian Claims Commission, Washington, D.C.; description of a three volume oral history project with Paul Schuster Taylor, completed by the Regional Oral History Office, University of California at Berkeley, and a copy of an introduction to this memoir by Gates; other publications by and about Paul S. Taylor; article on public land policy by Sheldon Greene; National Endowment for the Humanities grant reviews; appraisals of project proposals; and other papers of Paul Wallace Gates.

Gates, Paul Wallace,1901-
Cowdell family.
Ellis, David Maldwyn.
Gates family.
Gates, Lillian F.
Greene, Sheldon.
Mackenzie, William Lyon, 1795-1861.
Noble, David F.
Taylor, Paul Schuster, 1895-
British Museum.
Colby College--Students.
Cornell University--Faculty.
Cornell University--Students.
Cornell University--Maps.
Cornell University.Dept. of History.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Faculty.
National Endowment for the Humanities.
United States.Indian Claims Commission.

Sacramento daily record.
Calusa sun.
National guardian.

Indians of North America--Government relations.
Indians of North America--Land tenure.
Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.
Indians of North America--Montana.
College teachers.
State universities and colleges.
Railroad land grants.
Public lands--United States.
Women historians.

Blackfeet Indian Reservation (Mont.)

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Paul Wallace Gates papers, #14-17-1403. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.