- Wednesday September 6th
Dedication of Munroe
unpublished personal writings and memoirs 13 Sept 2006)H.
Rodney Sharp Professor of History,
of Delaware, B.A.
1936; M.A. 1941.
Newark (DE) High
School, teacher, 1936-39.
Delaware, instructor in history, 1942-47; alumni secretary, 1943-45;
professor, 1947-49; associate professor, 1949-52; assistant to dean of
Sciences, 1949-51; chairman, history department, 1952-69; professor,
H. Rodney Sharp Professor, 1961-82.
(Fund for Advancement of Education) fellowship, 1951-52, largely spent
U.C.L.A., University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin.
Research Council, director of student project, 1956.
Professor, Bath University
Professor, Seminar in American Culture, New
State Historical Association, Cooperstown, 1975.
Honors and Awards
Phi Kappa Phi.
Phi Beta Kappa.
American Association for State and Local History, 1955.
Society of the Cincinnati.
Alumnus Award, University
Medal, 1973, for Service.
for Contribution to Delaware History and Culture (State House
of Delaware Medal
of Distinction, 1980.
Faculty Award (University
Anne Miner’s Award in 2004—First award for contributions
Publications - Books
"Federalist Delaware, 1775-1815." Rutgers University
Press, 1954; paperback ed., University of Delaware,
"Louis McLane: Federalist and
A History." KTO Press, 1978.
"History of Delaware." University of Delaware Press, 1979;
2nd ed. 1984; 3rd
ed., 1993; 4th ed., 2001, 5th ed, 2006.
and Bibliophiles: The University
Library." (with Carol E.
Hoffecker). University of Delaware,
of Delaware: A History." University of Delaware,
Delaware: A History." Delaware
Heritage Foundation, Second
Edition, 2003 (Includes footnotes
not included in first
edition.) Hardback and soft cover
and Other Essays Relating to Delaware."
Publications - Booklets
"Delaware Becomes a State."
University of Delaware,
1953, reprints 1956, 1969, revised
and expanded, 1987.
Biographical History of
Dionysius, Tyrant of Delaware."
of Delaware, 1958
"Delaware: A Students’ Guide to Localized History." Teachers
printing); reprint, Delaware State
State: The Early Struggle for Control of Delaware
Lecture Series). Newark: University
of Delaware, College of Arts
"Outline of the
History and Government of Delaware." University of Delaware, 1962,
Writings and Memoirs (some
samples and excerpts)
Munroe, John A., Dating Dorothy,
14 pages, Spring1996, self
Munroe, John A., Detlings In
My Past: A
Memoir for My Children
and Grandchildren, 69 pages, 1996, self published-limited
Munroe, John A., Tales of My Father,
33 pages, self
Munroe, John A., Paternal Ancestry
of John A. Munroe, (The
Munroes of Gallway and Delaware) 31 pages1988, self
Munroe, John A., Arden
as I Knew It, 4 pages, 200?
Munroe, John A., Eulogy
for Richard P. McCormick, 2 pages, March 2006
Munroe, John A., n.n.
Publications - As Editor
(magazine of Historical Society
of Delaware), 1969-95.
University News (University of Delaware),
Publications - Articles
“The Lyceum in America
before the Civil War.” Delaware
Notes, 1942, 15th
series, pp, 65-76.
Philadelawareans: A Study in the Relations between Philadelphia
and Delaware in the Late Eighteenth Century,”
(condensed from speech of Nov. 24, 1944, before Pennsylvania’s
Historical Junto, Washington,
Dec. 1944, VII, no. 5, p.19-20.
“The Philadelawareans: A Study
in the Relations Between Philadelphia and Delaware
in the Late Eighteenth Century.”
Magazine of History and Biography, April 1945, pp. 128-149,
(With R. O. Bausman.)
“James Tilton’s Notes on the
Delaware in 1788.” Agricultural
History (1946), v. XX, no.3, pp.176-187.
of the Revolution,” “The Revolution and the Confederation,” and
“Party Battles, 1789-1850.” Three
H. Clay Reed, ed., Delaware: A
History of the First
State. New York, 1947.
“Albert Newton Raub and the
Administration of Delaware
College, 1888-1896.” Delaware Notes 21st
series (1948), pp.1-18.
Hemphill’s Account of a Visit to Maryland
in 1802.” Delaware
History (1948), III, no.2, p.61-78.
“Conference on American History:
need a “New History” of American Political Democracy?’ (With R. P. McCormick
and R. F. Nichols, eds.) The Historical Society
January 22 and 23, 1948.” Pennsylvania
History and Biography (1948).
Heritage (1949), III no. 1, p.4-8.
Kirkwood,” The Picket Post (Valley
Nicholas Van Dyke of New Castle.” Delaware History (1951), IV, no.3, pp. 207-226.
“Folklore – And
a Folklore Society.” Delaware Folklore Bulletin (1951).
“The New Castle
Tercentenary.” In Old New Castle and Modern Delaware: An
Exhibition in the Library of Congress.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1951, p.1-11.
Plumer’s Biographical Sketches of James A. Bayard, Caesar A. Rodney,
History (1951), IV, 354-377.
“History – It’s
All Around You.” Wilmington Sunday Star (June 10, 1951).
“Unity of Delaware River
Valley.” Wilmington Sunday Star
(October 21, 1951).
Representation in the Continental Congress:
Delegation of 1782.” William
and Mary Quarterly IX
(April, 1952): 166-90.
Physician of 1800.” Delaware State Medical Journal (1955), XXVII, no. 10, p.255-261.
Moore Ridgely, of Delaware, Dickinson 1797.” In
and Mary’s College,” The Boyd Lee Spahr
Lectures in Americana, 1951-56, Dickinson College (1956).
“The Negro in Delaware.” South
Atlantic Quarterly, LV
(no. 4, autumn 1957): 428-444.
“James A. Bayard
and the Milligans.” Delaware History, VIII,
no.2 (1958), pp.
“The Delaware River
An Historical Appreciation.” Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County
McLane.” University News
(1958), pp. 3, 5, v.XXII.
Reasoning in Reading.” In Reading – A Thinking
Process, Proceedings of the 40th
Annual Education Conference (Newark,
“The Museum and
the University.” The
Curator (1959), II, p.252-258.
Studies (1959), IV, no.4, p.5-6.
“A Shipment of
Furniture to Australia and China.” Winterthur Newsletter (1959), v.V, no.6.
“Ardent Love,” William
and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., XVII (January, 1960),
Start in Delaware.” In
Coffee Run, 1772-1960: The Story of the
Beginning of the Catholic Faith in Delaware
“A Brave Man–or
a Foolish One.” The
American Archivist (1963), XXV, no.2, p.151-160.
Colored Boy and Peggy O’Neal.” Delaware History (1963), X, 361-366.
"Betty Harrington Macdonald," Historic
Landmarks of Delaware
and the Eastern Shore (1963).
History (1964), XI, 36-39.
“Dickinson and the
Constitution,” A Newsletter from the Friends of the John
Dickinson Mansion, II,
no.2 (April, 1964), p.4.
Daniel O. Hastings, "Delaware Politics, 1904-1954" (Wilmington,
Influences in the American Colonies,” in Cultural Contrasts
Capitals, The 17th
Antiques Forum, Summaries of the
Lectures and Suggested Reading, Jan. 24-29, 1965.
Quarter Century, 1763-1788,” Spring In-Service Institute in
(Cleveland Public Schools Division of
Social Studies, 1965.)
“Delaware as an
Antique.” The Delaware Antiques Show Catalogue
“Just What and
Where Is the Mason-Dixon
Colonial Courier (1968).
Connection.” The Delaware Antiques Show Catalogue
Dedication of Cowgill’s Corner
School Museum.” In Fiftieth
Anniversary of the Delaware State Board of Education (Dover, 1972),
Day.” First State
Bicentennial Newsletter (summer, 1973).
Activities in Delaware
Bay.” Transactions of the Delaware
of Science 1970 and 1971 (Newark,
1973), II, p. 127-136.
"Collected Essays of Richard S. Rodney
“A Known, Respected Institution.” The University of Delaware
News (fall 1975), pp. 2-5.
the American Revolution,” Delaware History (1976), XVII, no.1,
“Delaware Moved Quickly
after July 4,” in Supplement
to Sunday News Journal, July 4, 1976,
“New Castle, 1776” in Historic
’76 ( a Public Education Program of Six
Presentations for 1976) Volume II.
“The Battle of
Cooch’s Bridge,” Delaware Conservationist (1978), XXI: 4,
Early History of Lewes” in Papers Given at Lewes Historical
Seminars, 1978, p.1-12.
"Church vs. State:
The Early Struggle for Control of Delaware
Faculty Lecture, May 5, 1982. College of Arts and Science, University of Delaware, 1983.
Eastburn, Thomas Noxon, and the Earliest Map of the Lower Counties.”
History XXI (1985):
“Afterword: A Short
of the University of Delaware.” In The American
University: Problems, Prospects, and Trends. Jan H. Blits, ed. Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1985, pp. 157-176.
“The First Map
after Statehood.” Fully,
Freely and Entirely. Delaware
Varlé and His Map of Delaware.”
“University of Delaware
Roster of Presidents,” Update (University of Delaware),
Feb 9, 1987, p. 8-10.
Leadership Leaves Legacy of Growth,” Compass (supplement
News Journal), June 25, 1987, p. 1, 12-13.
“Delaware and the
Constitution: An Overview of Events
Leading to Ratification.” Delaware History XXII (1987): 219-238.
"University of Delaware." Louisville: Harmony House, 1988.
Introduction to "New Sweden,"
an Exhibition Catalog (University of Delaware Library, Newark,
Memoirs: A Sheet Music Collection.” University of Delaware
Library Collections, III
“A Parson in
Politics: The Expulsion of John C. Brush
from the Delaware General Assembly in 1801,”
Delaware History, XXIII
(1745-1822)” and “Martin Waltham Bates (1787-1869).” Delaware
Medical Journal LXI (April 1989): 231-232
“Tales Told Out
of School.” University of Delaware
Messenger, II, No. 1 (1992): 15.
in Memory.” In Remembering
Judge Morris. University of Delaware
Library Associates, 1993, pp.
43-46, in Collections, VIII.
“Delaware” in Encylopedia Yearbook (Danbury,
CT: Grolier, Inc.) for
1918: A Letter from John Wilson (Mike)
History XXV (1994): 264-268.
"Julian Winslow, Samuel Maxwell
Harrington: A Pioneer Judge." New York: Vantage,
“From the Past
– Presidential Profiles.” University of Delaware Messenger, v.6,
no.5 (1997) p.16-19.
Preface to "Press, Politics and
C. Johnson and the Press of Kells," by Robert C. Barnes and
Pfeiffer. New Castle: Oak Knoll, 1999.
Setbacks Recalled.” Newsletter of University of Delaware
Association of Retired Faculty, Nos. 39 and 40 (November 1999 and
of Newark in the Early 1790s.”
Associates Collections, V (2000):
“A Brief History of the University
of Delaware Home Page
(last modified, 2000).
Seven biographical sketches:
Allen McLane, Louis McLane,
Caesar Rodney, Caesar A. Rodney, James Tilton, Nicholas Van Dyke,
in American National Biography. Oxford University
“Delaware, The First
Fully, Freely and Entirely
Heritage Commission), vol. 13, No. 2 (2002), pp. 4-6.
biographies (accepted and scheduled):
Thomas McKean, George Read,
Caesar Rodney, New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford
Walther Kirchner in booklet published in Germany,
"Arden, as I Knew It." ~2004,
not published 3 pages.
Publications - Articles Reprinted
“The Unity of
the Delaware River Valley.” The
Historian. Bucks Co., Pa., Historical
v. vi, No. 6, 1971, reprint.
Federalist Delaware.” In The
First American Party System: Federalists
and Republicans. W. N. Chambers, ed.
1972, reprint from Federalist Delaware, p. 198-208.
In Readings in Delaware
History. Ed., Carol E. Hoffecker, Newark,
1973. A selection from the book of the
“The Negro in Delaware.” In Slavery
at the State and Local Level.
Edited by Paul Finkelman. Articles
on American Slavery, v.
7. New York: Garland,
1989, pp. 166-183.
“The Battle of
Cooch’s Bridge,” in Cincinnati Fourteen (Newsletter of
the Society of
XXXI, no. 2 (May, 1995), p. 40-43.
Publications - Column on Historical
Wilmington Morning News. Weekly,
1959-1960; and every third
week, 1960-65. (145 articles)
Publications - Encyclopedia Articles
Britannica, Collier’s Encyclopedia, World Book Encyclopedia, Americana
Encyclopedia Yearbook, etc.
Publications - Anonymous
“Class of “75”
and most unattributed content in The University News (University of Delaware Alumni
quarterly), summer 1943 to spring
"The Hagley Museum: A Story of Early Industry on the Brandywine" (guidebook).
Foundation, 1957 and 1966. (Some of this guide was the work of others.)
Publications of Delaware Interest,” Delaware
History, IV, no. 3 (June 1951), 307-312, and IV, no. 4 (September
Publications - Book Reviews
Historical Review, The Journal of American History, American Quarterly,
of Southern History,
New England Quarterly, South Atlantic Quarterly, New York
Historical Society Quarterly, New York History,
New Jersey History,
Pennsylvania History, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,
North Carolina Historical Review, History News, William
and Mary Quarterly, West Virginia History,
Wilmington Sunday Star.
Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch of A.H.A., Organization of
American Historians, American Association for State and Local History,
State General Assembly (Washington’s Birthday speech and a televised
the assembly, judiciary and executive on 100th anniversary
Northeast Museums Conference, Antiques Forum (Williamsburg, VA),
Antiques Forum of Midwest (Dearborn, MI), Western Reserve Historical
Maryland Historical Society, New Jersey Historical Society,
Friends Historical Association (Philadelphia), Historical Society of
Bucks County (PA) Historical Society,
Montgomery County (PA) Historical
Society, Haddonfield (NJ) Historical Society, Cecil County (MD)
Society, Queen Anne’s County (MD) Historical Society,
Sussex County Historical
Society, New Castle Historical Society, Friends of Old Dover, Delaware
and Bar Annual Conference, Medical Society Annual Meeting,
Kent County (Md.)
Historical Society, University of Delaware commencement (1975),
Archives (2000), Lincoln Club of Delaware, Society of Colonial Wars of
Colonial Dames of Delaware.
Also to many
college, high school and preparatory school assemblies, graduations,
historical groups in Milwaukee,
Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Valley
Forge, Palm Beach, etc., including teachers’ meetings.
groups on the Pacific Coast (Los Angeles,
in Florida (Fort
and at Richmond and New York City.
Television Lecture Series
Government of Delaware, Station WHYY,
1963 Film in Morris Library (University of Delaware).
on Delaware History (live), ca. 1956, on WDEL-TV.
As a Participant in Scholarly Symposia
Society of Pennsylvania, Rutgers
of Early American History and
Hagley (and Eleutherian Mills),
Anglo-American historical conference (London, 1962).
Professional and Academic Offices, Off
Publications Committee, and member, Board of Trustees Historical
Member, Board of
Trustees, Eleutherian Mills—Hagley Foundation.
Review Board for Historic Properties, National Historic Register.
committees, Medical Society of Delaware.
Advisor to Delaware
Resources Committee, Delaware
Fellowship Committee, Winterthur
Member, board of
directors, Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities
Friends of the John
- Wednesday September 6th
Dedication of Munroe