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Carl Conrad Eckhardt collection

Identifier: COU:4334

Scope and Contents

The Carl C. Eckhardt Collection is divided into six sections. I. Correspondence includes both personal and professional correspondence between 1926 and 1945. II. Professional Papers contain documents concerning to University of Colorado courses, the CU Arts and Sciences Committee on Self Survey, the CU Senate Committee on Minorities, and various professional organizations, including the Colorado-Wyoming Social Science Association. III. Political Papers hold leaflets, pamphlets, circulars, and statements of multiple political organizations, as well as documents concerning local and national elections and government. Materials date from 1892-1944. IV. Printed Materials include pamphlets, leaflets, circulars, proceedings, bulletins, and newsletters of various religious and educational organizations, as well as biographical and historical pamphlets. Also included are several journals and magazines, including the Colorado Pilgrim, Hoofs and Horns, and others. V. Miscellaneous holds documents which do not fit in any of the above categories, including yearbooks, catalogues, tourist information, and non-political cartoons. VI. Oversize includes documents too large to fit into regular folders, including newspapers, posters, advertisements, and scrapbooks.


  • 1926 - 1946

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This collection is open for access. This collection contains or may contain private and personally identifiable information (PPII). Researchers must sign the University Libraries’ Private and Personally Identifiable Information Agreement in advance of access to collection materials. Contact for more information.

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Researchers may not make notes, reproductions (including photographs), or other record of any private and personally identifiable information (PPII) located in this collection and may not publish, publicize, or disclose that PPII to any other party for any purpose. Exclusions may apply to researchers who have obtained authorization from the University of Colorado Institutional Review Board to produce human subject research records in de-identified form. All researchers must sign the University Libraries’ Private and Personally Identifiable Information Agreement indicating their understanding of the use restrictions for PPII found in this collection. Contact

Biographical / Historical

Born in Toledo, Ohio, September 6, 1878, Carl Conrad Eckhardt received his B.A. degree from Ohio State University in 1902, when he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn his M.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1904 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1908. While involved in graduate studies, Eckhardt taught at the University of Missouri. From there, he went on to teach at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

Coming to the University of Colorado in 1911 as an instructor in history, Eckhardt progressed to the rank of full professor by 1921. In addition to being a member of the Graduate Faculty, he taught a freshman course in Modern European History which was one of the most popular on campus, enrolling up to 450 students in one semester. His non-teaching activities at the University included the acting directorship of the Summer Quarter from 1923 to 1924 and the chairmanships of the Arts and Sciences Committee on Self Survey (1925-1928), the Senate Committee on Minorities (1937-1945), and the Committee on the Institute of Asiatic Affairs (mid 1930s). Eckhardt succeeded James F. Willard, who died in November 1935, as head of the Department of History, a position he held until his retirement in 1945.

While on the University of Colorado faculty, Eckhardt accepted a Visiting Professorship at the University of California at Los Angeles for the summer of 1926. In 1928, he became the first University of Colorado faculty member to receive a grant for study in Europe from the Social Research Council. For the academic year 1932-1933, Eckhardt received a fellowship through the Carnegie Institute to study at the University of Munich.

Dr. Eckhardt considered himself a modern European historian although his papers reflect an interest in medieval institutions, church history, international relations (especially in Asia), and labor politics. His published works include War and Peace in the Light of History (Philadelphia: McKinley, 1918), The Papacy and World Affairs (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1937), and articles on history, politics, and education. He also gave many public lectures on current political topics. Moreover, Eckhardt participated in several professional organizations including the American Historical Association, the American Church History Society, the American Association of University Professors, and the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science and its Colorado-Wyoming Social Science Association, of which he was president in 1944-1945.

In 1918, Eckhardt married Gloria W. Carr of Los Angeles. A son, George Conrad, and a daughter, Bettie, were born to the couple. Mrs. Eckhardt died in 1943. In 1945, Eckhardt married Hattie Rebecca Anderson of Boulder. He and his wife were en route to Massachusetts for a vacation when Eckhardt was taken ill and died in Hendersonville, North Carolina on June 4, 1946.


9.5 linear feet

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C. C. Eckhardt (1878-1946) joined the University of Colorado history faculty in 1911 as a specialist in modern European history. He served as head of the University's Historical Collections and was chairman of the History Department from 1935-1945. He chaired the Faculty Senate committee on minorities during the late 1930s, which investigated racism and bias at the University of Colorado. The papers reflect his interests in Colorado church history and European history and include correspondence and lecture notes, as well as material on a wide range of political and social problems.


This collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Professional Papers Series 3: Political Papers Series 4: Printed Materials Series 5: Miscellaneous Series 6: Oversize

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