Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin papers: 1881-1947
Summary Information
Title: Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin papers
Creator: McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947
Dates: 1881-1947
Extent: 1 linear foot
Professor of history at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. Correspondence, diary, student essays, and lecture notes.
Call number: 85536 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Elmer Donahue (donor no. 2352) and came to the library in 1947; the autobiographical material came from Mrs. Rockwell Stephens (donor no. 5865).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin was born on Feb. 14, 1861, at Beardstown, IL, the son of David and Isabella Campbell McLaughlin. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1882, and the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1885.

Following his graduation, McLaughlin taught Latin at the University of Michigan, then transferred to the history department, where he taught American History until he left in 1906 to go to the University of Chicago. He taught at Chicago until 1929.

McLaughlin was a recognized scholar of American constitutional history. He also authored textbooks on American history, a monograph on history of higher education in Michigan, a biography of Lewis Cass, and numerous journal articles.

In 1918 he lectured in England and Ireland on the causes that had led the United States into the war. His book America and Britain (1919) was a compilation of these lectures.

McLaughlin was professionally active, serving as director of the Bureau of Historical Research of the Carnegie Institution in Washington and managing editor of The American Historical Review (1901-1905). He married Lois Thompson Angell in 1890. He died September 24, 1947.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Andrew C. McLaughlin collection consists of correspondence concerning his scholarly interests, essays and a law thesis written while he was a student at the University of Michigan, and eight volumes of lecture notes on lectures he gave while at the University of Michigan. There is, additionally, a diary from his visit to Germany in 1893, a scrapbook and other material concerning a visit to England for the purpose of interpreting America to British audiences, and biographical information. Some of McLaughlin's correspondence included Charles K. Adams, John F. Jameson, Pierre Margry, John T. Morse, and Ira Remsen.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Germany -- Description and travel.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Travelers.
  • Photographs.
  • Diaries.
  • McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of History.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Philosophy.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Law.
  • McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947.
  • Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902.
  • McLaughlin, Lois T. (Lois Thompson)
  • Margry, Pierre, 1818-1894.
  • Morse, John T. (John Torry), 1840-1937.
  • Remsen, Ira, 1846-1927.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Personal materials [series]
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
1914, 1919
Box   1  
Box   1  
Student essays 1881-1882 (4 folders)
Box   1  
Thesis for Law School of the University of Michigan 1885
Box   1  
Diary concerning visit to Germany 1893
Box   1  
Lecture notes on Colonial and American history 1888-1947 (8 volumes)
Box   1  
Papers collected by Mrs. Rockwell R. Stephens re. life and career of her father, ACM (including autobiography)
Box   1  
Scrapbook and letters concerning visit to England for purpose of interpreting America to British audiences 1918
Box   1  
Photographs: portraits
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

The library also has the papers of his wife Lois Angell McLaughlin, including letters she wrote while accompanying her father James B. Angell during his diplomatic service in China, 1880-1882. The University of Chicago Library also has Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin papers.