Blair Kling Papers, 1950-2008 | University of Illinois Archives
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Blair Bernard Kling (1929-2011) was professor of history (1962-2000) and professor emeritus (2000-11) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was a noted scholar of nineteenth-century Indian and Southeast Asian history, and he helped to establish the first Asian center at UIUC
Papers of Blair B. Kling (1950-2008), Professor of History (1962-2000), including correspondence, manuscripts, and reprints concerning the history of American technical assistance in India, the role of American universities in the transfer of agricultural technology, aid, and advice to India, and other issues of economic development in third-world countries. As well as materials related to research on Tata Iron and Steel Company including interviews, grey literature, and microfilm. Additionally, his papers include his CV, teaching materials, and some of his publications.
The first accession (2000, 2003) includes 21 oral history interview tapes (1978) with University faculty and administrators (including George Stoddard, Charles H. Shattuck, Donald Kemmerer, Harry Tiebout, Clarence Berdahl, Milton Derber, C. Ernest Dawn, and Robert Downs) as well as students, concerning University life during the 1950's, particularly regarding the George Stoddard, racial discrimination, the civil rights movement, and intellectual freedom on campus. The interviews were conducted by Kling and his students in an undergraduate history seminar.
The second accession (2021) is organized into three series: Series 1, Subject Files, arranged alphabetically by title. Series 2, Research Materials and Drafts, arranged alphabetically by title. Series 3, Publications, arranged chronologically.