C. Ernest Dawn Papers, 1950-2001

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Collection Overview

Title: C. Ernest Dawn Papers, 1950-2001

ID: 15/13/52

Primary Creator: Dawn, C. Ernest (1918-)

Extent: 2.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: Chronological.

Subjects: Faculty Papers, Music -- Middle East, Ottoman Empire

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of C. Ernest Dawn (1918-2016), professor of history (1949-89), including correspondence, course materials, teaching and research materials relating to Ottoman and Arab history.

Biographical Note

C. Ernest ("Ernie") Dawn (1918-2016) was instructor (1949-52); assistant professor (1952-55); associate professor (1955-60); professor (1960-89); and professor emeritus (1989-2016) of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was a renowned early American scholar of the Middle East and Arab nationalism, perhaps best known for his book From Ottomanism to Arabism: Essays on the Origins of Arab Nationalism (1973).

Dawn was born in 1918 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to parents Hettie Gibson and Fred H. Dawn. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee (1941). He served in US Army Intelligence during WWII and the Korean War (1951-52). Working under Philip Hitti, Dawn earned a master's degree (1947) and PhD (1948) in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University. He was an Arabist, who specialized in Arab nationalism in Syria, pan-Arabism, the history of the Greater Syria concept, Arab intellectual history, King Abdallah I of Jordan, and modern Islam. He was among "the first generation of American scholars of the Middle East" (Yaphe). As such, Dawn conducted extensive research in the Middle East, including as a Social Science Research Council fellow (1948-49), a Fulbright-Hays fellow (1966-67), and director of the Illinois Tehran Research Unit (1972?­-74). Dawn was also a faculty member (1981-82) and a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago (1985). His written works include "Ideological Influences in the Arab Revolt" (1959), "Arab Islam in the Modern Age" (1965), From Ottomanism to Arabism: Essays on the Origins of Arab Nationalism (1973), "The Formation of Pan-Arab Ideology in the Interwar Years" (1988), and "The Quality of Arab Nationalism" (2000).

Dawn and his wife, Pansie Dawn (n?©e Dooley), had two daughters, Julia and Carolyn. He died on January 5, 2016, in Seattle, Washington.

Sources:

"C. Ernest Dawn," News-Gazette, January 31, 2016, accessed May 28, 2020, https://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/c-ernest-dawn/article_4b2f78e4-e849-540d-9030-4926ae077aa5.html.

Judith Share Yaphe, "C. Ernest Dawn," History at Illinois (Spring 2016), p. 16, accessed May 28, 2020, https://history.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/HistoryatIllinois2016low.pdf

"Memorial: C. Ernest Dawn *48," Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 11, 2017, accessed May 28, 2020, https://paw.princeton.edu/memorial/c-ernest-dawn-48.

Subject/Index Terms

Faculty Papers
Music -- Middle East
Ottoman Empire


Box and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence, Subject and Research FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ideology of Arab Revolt, 1950-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Conferences, 1950-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newsletters, 1955-64Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Abdullah and Kitchener, 1955-57Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Arab Revolt, 1956-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Near East International, 1957-63Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Recommendations, 1957-64Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Book Reviews, 1958-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Rise of Arabism in Syria (worksheets), 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Middle East Nationalism, 1959-60Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Talks on Current Situations, 1959-62Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Middle Eastern Research Correspondence, 1960-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ottomanism to Arabism (arr.), 1960-61Add to your cart.
Folder 14: YMCA/YWCA Faculty Forum, 1960-61Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AAMES, 1960-61Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Summer Institute for High School History Teachers, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: AAMES (action file), 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Copy of "Avenues Through the Thought Barrier to Survival," 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Rise of Arabism in Syria, 1960-61Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Atherton Prize Committee, 1962-64Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence on Middle East Journal, 1962-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Professional Correspondence, 1964-65Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Recommendations, 1964-65Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Reprints on article on Islam, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Arabic at the U of I, 1965-71Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Professional Correspondence, 1965-66Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Professional Correspondence-Beirut, 1966-67Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Egypt-Remilitarization of Sinai, May 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Recommendations, Sept. 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Professional Correspondence, August 1967-68Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Professional Correspondence, 1968-69Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Professional Correspondence, 1969-70Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Advisor, 1969-71Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Professional Correspondence, 1970-71Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Professional Correspondence, 1971-72Add to your cart.
Folder 22: von Grunebaum (volume), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Book Reviews, 1971-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Ottomanism to Arabism (books)-legals, 1971-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Professional Correspondence, 1974-75Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Denver Journal Intern, Law, and Politics, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Professional Correspondence, 1975-76Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Professional Correspondence, 1976-77Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Professional Correspondence, 1978-79Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Professional Correspondence, 1979-80Add to your cart.
Folder 31: CCFR, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Haifa, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Princeton, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Hebrew University, 1980-82Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Professional Correspondence, 1980-81Add to your cart.
Folder 36: St. Mary's College Symposium, 1980-81Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Professional Correspondence, 1982-83Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Security in Southwest Asia, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Correspondence, 1983-84Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Professional Correspondence, 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Uriel Dann Conference and Collection, 1982-87Add to your cart.
Folder 42: The Columbia University Middle East Institute: Conference on Early Arab Nationalism, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 43: University of Chicago Guest Lecture on Islam Civilization, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Correspondence, 1985-86Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Book Reviews, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Professional Correspondence, 1986-87Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Columbia Conference, 1986Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: T.E. Lawrence, 1986-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Origins of Arab Nationalism (final), 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Professional Correspondence, 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 4: IJMES, 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 5: T.E. Lawrence Symposium, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Professional Correspondence, 1988-89Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Gulf Crisis, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Professional Correspondence, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Professional Correspondence, 1990-91Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Smithsonian, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1991-92Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Professional Correspondence, 1992-93Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Professional Correspondence, 1993-Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Grading ScalesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: T.E. Lawrence (final copy)Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book Reviews, 1991-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, 1991-99Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Israel Gershoni, 1986-94Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Joel Gordon, 1986-97Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence, 1991-99Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Princeton University-Program in Near Eastern Studies, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Itamar Rabinovich, 1989-90Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Recommendations, 1993-97Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Niloofar Shambayati, 1988-90Add to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Colorado at Boulder-Conferences, 1983-98Add to your cart.