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Educational administrator

Charles Blitzer, American educational administrator. Rockefeller Foundation fellow, 1955-1956; Huntington Library research grantee, 1957.


Blitzer, Charles was born on August 10, 1927 in New York City. Son of Max and Grace (Rosenberg) Blitzer.


AB, Williams College, 1947. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1952.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Smith College, 1989.


Instructor political science Yale University, 1950-1954, assistant professor, 1954-1960. Executive associate American Council Learned Societies, New York City, 1960-1965. Director education Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1965-1968, assistant secretary for history and art, 1968-1983.

President, director National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1983-1988. Director Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, 1988-1997, director emeritus, 1997-1999. Lecturer New School for Social Research, New York City, 1960-1961.

Visiting professor City University of New York, 1964-1965. Advisory board Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, 1991-1999. Board trustees Archives American Art, 1988-1999.



Staff director National Commission on Humanities, 1963-1964. Member administrative committee for Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard, 1968-1975, member advisory board, 1975-1985, chairman, 1978-1985. Member Indo-United States Sub-Commision on Education and Culture, 1974-1996, chairman, 1989-1992.

Member visiting committee Research Center Linguistics and Semiotic Studies, Indiana University, 1980-1986, 90-99. Member visiting scholar committee Phi Beta Kappa, 1979-1990, member senate, 1982-1991, 97-99, vice president, 1991-1994, president, 1994-1997. Alderman City of New Haven, 1955-1960.

Board directors Central Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory, 1966-1968. Chairman Council International Exchange Scholars, 1972-1978, member, 1978-1981. Member national advisory board Library. of Congress Center for the Book, 1983-1999.

Trustee Exploratorium, 1977-1990, honorary trustee, 1990-1999. Trustee Smith College, 1979-1989, Hartwick College, 1998-1999, Asian Cultural Council, 1984-1991, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 1982-1989, American Academy for Liberal Education, 1996-1999. Board visitors Duke University Press, 1986, Wake Forest University, 1984-1987.

Member visiting committee Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1985-1994, chairman, 1989-1994. Board directors Council Basic Education, 1989-1994, American Philosophical Society, 1988-1999, United States-New Zealand Council, 1992-1999. Member American advisory board University London, 1993-1999.

Member academy committee United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1980-1999, chairman publications subcommittee, 1993-1999. Member Cosmos Club, Century Club (New York City).


Max Blitzer

Grace (Rosenberg) Blitzer