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Robert E. Hennings Collection

Identifier: 01EIU-053


  • Other: Majority of material found in 1947-2013

Biographical / Historical

Robert Edward Hennings was born on August 4, 1925 in Evanston, Illinois. From 1944 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, first in the Philippines and then in Japan. After his military service, Hennings attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, Oberlin College (graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1950), the Pacific School of Religion, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1949 he married Nancy Wensley. After teaching for three years in California and Ohio, Hennings returned to Berkeley to complete an MA and PhD in History. In 1961-62, he was member of the History faculty at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Hennings was a professor in the History Department at Eastern Illinois University from 1962 to 1990, serving as department chair from 1974 to 1990. His dissertation was published in 1985 as James D. Phelan and the Wilson Progressives of California. Hennings retired in 1990 and died on November 11, 2011 in Mattoon, Illinois.


13.00 boxes

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