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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.

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