MCLEAN, ROSS HANLIN, 1888-1977.
Ross Hanlin McLean papers, 1905-1977

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zn5v


Descriptive Summary

Creator: McLean, Ross Hanlin, 1888-1977.
Title: Ross Hanlin McLean papers, 1905-1977
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 550
Extent: 11.25 linear ft. (24 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of history professor Ross Hanlin McLean, including correspondence, diaries, printed material, photographs, and memorabilia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

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Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 1976, with subsequent additions.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Ross Hanlin McLean papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Ross Hanlin McLean (November 3, 1888 - July 10, 1977), long time faculty member of the History Department at Emory University was the eldest son of Daniel N. McLean and Bianca Hanlin McLean. He and his three siblings were born in Wellsville, Ohio where his family were prominent citizens in both the business and civic realms of the upper Ohio valley. Their father founded the family business, McLean Funeral Parlor, with his brother, Phillip A. McLean, in 1881.

Ross H. McLean began his formal education at Cornell University where he earned his A.B. degree in the Classics in 1911. After he completed his studies, he became a post graduate assistant and instructed classes in ancient and modern history. He moved on to another teaching position at the University of Michigan in 1913 and taught English and European history for four years. The first World War suspended his teaching activities over the course of the following three years. He entered the Army in 1917 and served with the historical branch of the general staff at the Army War College and a variety of other branches in this country and abroad. He returned to the United States at the end of his service in 1919 and resumed teaching by accepting a position as assistant professor of history at Emory University.

When Ross H. McLean came to Emory in 1919, the college had just moved from Oxford, Georgia, to Atlanta where its title changed from Emory College to Emory University. He and Dr. Theodore Jack were the only members of the History Department at that time. The two men divided the course load between them with Dr. Jack supervising the American history courses and Ross H. McLean instructing the European and English history courses. He resumed his education at the University of Michigan where he received his A.M. degree in 1920 and his Ph.D. degree in 1925. In the summer of 1926, he went abroad and studied international organization in Europe as a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

During his years at Emory, Dr. McLean saw a steady advancement of his professional standing as a professor. In 1920, he was promoted to associate professor and again in 1925 to a full professor, following the completion of his graduate studies. He advanced to senior professor in 1933; and in 1941, he was named Chairman of the History Department. He served in this capacity until 1948, but remained on the faculty for another nine years. Dr. McLean contributed to the establishment of several of Emory's campus organizations. He founded the International Relations Club in 1921 and served as its faculty advisor. He played a major role in the establishment of the Student Lecture Association in 1922, and he was faculty advisor until 1944 or 1945. In addition, he helped to organize the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at the university.

Dr. McLean's personal scholarship tended to reflect his interest in modern history. He published articles and book reviews for various historical journals, and acted as co-editor and advisor for other historian's publications. Listings of Dr. McLean's works may be found in the Emory University's Biographical File and in the card catalog in this department. Dr. McLean met his future wife, May M. Bruckheiser, while they were both students at Cornell University. She was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Cornell in 1912. The couple married six years later on 9 September 1918. Like her husband, Mrs. McLean spent her professional career as an educator. She was an instructor at the old Girls High School for three years. She then transferred to the old Bass Junior High School where she for taught for seventeen years and was director of the Mathematics Department. Mrs. McLean died in 1960. The couple had no children. After 38 years of service, Dr. McLean retired from Emory in September, 1957 and was named Professor Emeritus. His colleagues created a fund in his honor to provide an annual award to the best first year graduate student in history. After the death of Mrs. McLean, the award was entitled the Ross H. and May B. McLean Prize. Dr. McLean died in a nursing home in Salem, Ohio on 10 July 1977.

Ross Hanlin McLean (November 3, 1888 - July 10, 1977), long time faculty member of the History Department at Emory University was the eldest son of Daniel N. McLean and Bianca Hanlin McLean. He and his three siblings were born in Wellsville, Ohio where his family were prominent citizens in both the business and civic realms of the upper Ohio valley. Their father founded the family business, McLean Funeral Parlor, with his brother, Phillip A. McLean, in 1881.

Ross H. McLean began his formal education at Cornell University where he earned his A.B. degree in the Classics in 1911. After he completed his studies, he became a post graduate assistant and instructed classes in ancient and modern history. He moved on to another teaching position at the University of Michigan in 1913 and taught English and European history for four years. The first World War suspended his teaching activities over the course of the following three years. He entered the Army in 1917 and served with the historical branch of the general staff at the Army War College and a variety of other branches in this country and abroad. He returned to the United States at the end of his service in 1919 and resumed teaching by accepting a position as assistant professor of history at Emory University.

When Ross H. McLean came to Emory in 1919, the college had just moved from Oxford, Georgia, to Atlanta where its title changed from Emory College to Emory University. He and Dr. Theodore Jack were the only members of the History Department at that time. The two men divided the course load between them with Dr. Jack supervising the American history courses and Ross H. McLean instructing the European and English history courses. He resumed his education at the University of Michigan where he received his A.M. degree in 1920 and his Ph.D. degree in 1925. In the summer of 1926, he went abroad and studied international organization in Europe as a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

During his years at Emory, Dr. McLean saw a steady advancement of his professional standing as a professor. In 1920, he was promoted to associate professor and again in 1925 to a full professor, following the completion of his graduate studies. He advanced to senior professor in 1933; and in 1941, he was named Chairman of the History Department. He served in this capacity until 1948, but remained on the faculty for another nine years. Dr. McLean contributed to the establishment of several of Emory's campus organizations. He founded the International Relations Club in 1921 and served as its faculty advisor. He played a major role in the establishment of the Student Lecture Association in 1922, and he was faculty advisor until 1944 or 1945. In addition, he helped to organize the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at the university.

Dr. McLean's personal scholarship tended to reflect his interest in modern history. He published articles and book reviews for various historical journals, and acted as co-editor and advisor for other historian's publications. Listings of Dr. McLean's works may be found in the Emory University's Biographical File and in the card catalog in this department. Dr. McLean met his future wife, May M. Bruckheiser, while they were both students at Cornell University. She was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Cornell in 1912. The couple married six years later on 9 September 1918. Like her husband, Mrs. McLean spent her professional career as an educator. She was an instructor at the old Girls High School for three years. She then transferred to the old Bass Junior High School where she for taught for seventeen years and was director of the Mathematics Department. Mrs. McLean died in 1960. The couple had no children. After 38 years of service, Dr. McLean retired from Emory in September, 1957 and was named Professor Emeritus. His colleagues created a fund in his honor to provide an annual award to the best first year graduate student in history. After the death of Mrs. McLean, the award was entitled the Ross H. and May B. McLean Prize. Dr. McLean died in a nursing home in Salem, Ohio on 10 July 1977.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Ross Hanlin McLean from 1905-1975. The papers include correspondence, diaries, photographs, personal memorabilia, and printed material. The correspondence consists of letters of a general nature (1910-1975) relating to McLean's life prior and subsequent to his arrival at Emory and his association with other historians and schools. Correspondence also includes family letters (1907-1967) mainly written to and from his wife, May B. McLean, and his mother, Bianca H. McLean, and covering McLean's days as a student at Cornell and Michigan; his army service, and his appointment at Emory. The diaries (1905-1945) trace McLean's remembrances of his high school days in Wellsville, Ohio, to the end of his service as chairman of the history department at Emory and are extensive in their coverage of campus life and history of the university and social activity in Atlanta Ga. The collection also includes genealogical material concerning the McLean family, collected writings, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five series: (1) General correspondence, (2) Family correspondence, (3) Diaires, (4) Photographs, (5) Personal memorabilia, and (6) Printed material.


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