AB, Harvard University, 1960. Master of Arts, Clark University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, Clark University, 1971.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Penna College of Podiatric Medicine, 1980.
Teaching assistant Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1961-1963. Assistant professor Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1963-1967. Associate director American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1967-1973, History Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1973-1974, director, 1974-1985, American Indian Archaeol.
Institute, Washington, 1986-1987. Library New York History Society, since 1987. Associate director program for Loyalist Studies, New York, 1968-1984.
Trustee to president Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, 1975-1984. Trustee University Penna Press, Philadelphia, 1977-1983. Governor Research Libraries, Palo Alto, California, since 1987.
Corporal United States Army, 1954-1956, France. Member American Antiquarian Society, History Society Pennsylvania, Colonial Society Massachusetts, Society Colonial Wars (medal 1970), Society of the Cincinnati of Penna, Society of Printers of Boston, Club Odd Volumes (Boston).
Married Elsie Perkins East, April 28, 1960. Children: Robert East, Justin Carpenter.