Blair Kling Papers, 1950-1983
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Brief Description: Papers of Blair B. Kling (1929- ), 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. This series also 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 conduced by Kling and his students in an undergraduate history seminar.
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Record Series Number: 15/13/51
Created by: Kling, Blair B. (1929-)
Volume: 0.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 7/22/2000, 6/2003
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Arrangement: Chronological.
Biographical Note for Kling, Blair B. (1929-) :

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.

Kling was born on April 17, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois. He completed high school in Long Beach, California, and earned a bachelor's degree (1950) and a master's degree (1955) from the University of California, Berkley. He studied in India on a Fulbright grant (1957-58) and earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, specializing in the history of India and Southeast Asia. Kling held positions at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and Harpur College prior to joining the history faculty at UIUC in 1962. Kling's research interests were primarily in entrepreneurial activity and economic development in nineteenth-century Bengal. His publications include The Blue Mutiny: The Indigo Disturbances in Bengal, 1859-1862 (1966); Partner in Empire: Dwarkanath Tagore and the Age of Enterprise in Eastern India (1976); "Paternalism in Indian Labor: The Tata Iron and Steel Company of Jamshedpur" (1998); and "Hollywood's India: The Meaning of RKO's Gunga Din" (coauthored with Frederic Copie Jaher, 2008).

Kling married Julia Norian, and together they had one daughter (Julia) and one son (William). He died on May 2, 2011.


"Blair Kling," News-Gazette, May 5, 2011, accessed May 28, 2020,

Subject Index
Agricultural Programs, International
Civil Rights
Faculty Papers
History Department
Music -- India - Science and Technology
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Languages of Materials
English [eng]