In Memoriam: Professor Otis L. Graham Jr. (1935–2017)

Professor Otis L. Graham Jr. passed away November 14, 2017. Professor Graham joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1966. In 1980, he moved to the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He returned to Santa Barbara in 1989 to direct its graduate program in public history until 1995. He then taught at UNC Wilmington until his retirement in 2002. His work included An Encore for Reform: The Old Progressives and the New Deal and Toward a Planned Society: From Roosevelt to Nixon (1976) and Losing Time: The Industrial Policy Debate. He is known for helping form the foundation of the public history movement. With his colleagues Robert Kelley and G. Wesley Johnson, he served on the founding editorial committee of The Public Historian and was its editor from 1990 to 1997. During that time, he made great strides in bringing “gray literature” under critical review by historians. (Unpublished government reports that contained historical knowledge that typically would escape assessment by professional historians.)

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Posted: August 16, 2019
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