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Oscar Handlin

educator , historian

Oscar Handlin, American historian, educator. Recipient History prize Union League Club, 1934, J.H. Dumning prize American History Association, 1941, award of honor Brooklyn College, 1945, Pulitzer prize for history, 1952, Christopher award, 1958, Brooklyn College Alumni award, 1958; Robert H. Lord award, 1972; Guggenheim fellow, 1954; Brandeis University fellow, since 1965; Harmsworth professor University Oxford, England, 1972-1973.

Background

HANDLIN, Oscar was born on September 29, 1915 in Brooklyn. Son of Joseph and Ida (nee Yanowitz) Handlin.

Education

AB, Brooklyn College, 1934. AM, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1935. Doctor of Laws, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1940.

Doctor of Laws, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1962. Doctor of Laws, University Massachusetts, Boston, 1982. Doctor of Humane Letters, Hebrew Union College, 1967.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, 1969. Doctor of Humanities, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1968. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 1972.

Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1989. D.Letters, Brooklyn College, 1972. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Boston College, 1975.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Lowell University, 1980. Doctor of Letters, University Cincinnati, 1981. Doctor of Laws, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1993.

Career

Instructor, Brooklyn College 1936-1938, Harvard University 1939-1944. Assistant Professor Harvard University 1944-1948, Association Professor 1948-1954, Professor, of History 1954-1962. Director Central for Study of Liberty in America 1958-1966, Winthrop Professor, of History 1962-1965, Charles Warren Professor, of History 1965-1972, Director Charles Warren Central for Studies in American History 1965-1972, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor 1972-1984, Director University Library 1979-1983, Carl M. Loeb Professor 1984-1986.

Harmsworth Professor, Oxford University 1972-1973. Vice-Chairman United States Board Foreign Scholarships 1962-1965, Chairman 1965-1966. Trustee New York Public Library since 1973.

Guggenheim Fellow 1954, Brandeis University Fellow since 1965. Fellow American Academy, of Arts and Sciences 1983.

Works

Membership

Vice-chairman United States Board Foreign Scholarships, 1962-1965, chairman, 1965-1966. Trustee New York Public Library, since 1973. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Member Massachusetts History Society (Kennedy medal 1991), Colonial Society Massachusetts, American Jewish History Society.

Connections

Married Mary Flug, September 18, 1937. Children: Joanna Flug, David Paltiel, Ruth Blume. Married Lilian Bombach, June 17, 1977.

father:
Joseph Handlin

mother:
Ida (Yanowitz) Handlin

spouses:
Mary Flug

Lilian Bombach

children:
Joanna Flug Handlin

David Paltiel Handlin

Ruth Blume Handlin