Nebraska Authors

Merle Eugene Curti

Born 1897-09-15 Papillion, NE (USA)

Died 1996-03-09
Madison, WI (USA)

Curti was a distinguished American historian who won a Pulitzer Prize for his intellectual history, The Growth of American Thought (1943) and served as President of the American Historical Association in 1954.

Places Lived

Papillion, NE
Cambridge, MA
Northampton, MA
New York, NY
Tokyo, JAPAN
Madison, WI

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


American History; Intellectual History


Bachelor of Arts Degree,Summa Cum Laude, 1920,Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Master of Arts Degree, 1921, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D., 1927, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Graduate Study, 1924-25, Sorbonne, University of Paris, FRANCE


Professor of History

Places Worked

Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1925-36
Columbia University, New York, NY, 1936-42
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1942-68


Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, 1947-68
Watmull Foundation Visiting Prof. in India, 1946-47
Fulbright Lecturer, Cambridge, England, 1953
Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo 1959-60
Pulitzer Prize in History, 1944, for Growth of American Thought
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters awarded by Northwestern, 1952, University of Pennsylvania, 1962, Western Reserve University, 1962, Adelphi, 1965, University of Missouri, 1964, and Beloit College, 1979
American Council of Learned Societies Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities, 1960
Order of the Northern Star by Swedish Government, 1965


Fellow of Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1956
President American Historical Association, 1954


The American Peace Crusade, 1815-1860. 1929.
Bryan and World Peace. 1931.
The Growth of American Thought. 1943.
Probing Our Past. 1955.
The Social Ideas of American Educators. 1935.
American Paradox. 1956.
American Philanthropy Abroad. 1963.
Human Nature in American Thought: A History. 1980.

Also many articles in journals in the fields of history and political science.

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