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Martin J. Bergin, Jr. papers

 Collection
Identifier: GTM-151120
The Martin J. Bergin, Jr. papers consist of research materials generated by Martin J. Bergin, Jr. about the life and career of Alexis de Tocqueville.

The Martin J. Bergin, Jr. papers are arranged into 4 series:

Series 1: Research Files. Materials genrated by Martin J. Bergin, Jr. Includes xeroxed secondary sources, xeroxed primary sources, and transcripts by and about Alexis de Tocqueville. Concerns political and economic aspects of Tocqueville's career and writing. The documents are in English and French. There are not any original primary source documents written by Tocqueville in this collection. Original order has been maintained. The docuements were stored in three binders. Binder 1 consists of box 1 fodlers 1-6. Binder 2 consists of box 1 fodlers 7-13. Binder 3 consists of box 1 folders 14-17 and box 2 folders 1-6. Box 1 folder 5 contains a few xeroxed and transcribed letters of Tocqueville. Box 1 folder 9 contains a typed report: "Marx and de Tocqueville on 1848" by Christine Bergin. Date Span for Series 1: 1831-2007. Bulk Dates: 1960-2006.

Series 2: Dissertation Manuscript. Contains typed manuscript of Martin J. Bergin, Jr.'s Ph.D. dissertation: "Tocqueville as Historian: An Examination of the Influences on His Thought and His Approach to History" (Georgetown University, 1985). Includes loose typed pages together in box 2 folder 13 containing edits made by Bergin, some in pencil.

Series 3: Notebooks. Contains notebooks and notecards kept by Martin J. Bergin, Jr. about his research on Tocqueville. Stored in boxes 2 and 3. Date Span for Series 3: c.1980-1996.

Series 4: Printed Materials. Contains 3 published volumes (in French) of "Alexis de Tocqueville Ouuvres Completes" (Gallimard): volumes 2, 6, and 13. Inlcudes handwritten marginalia by Martin J. Bergin, Jr. These printed items are in box 3. Date Span for Series 4: 1977-1991.

Dates

  • 1831-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1985

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Extent

1.3 Cubic Feet

Biographical / Historical

Martin J. Bergin, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1939, he graduated from St. Peter's College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Subsequently, he received a Master's Degree from the Columbia University School of International Affairs.

In 1985, Bergin obtained a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled, "Tocqueville as Historian: An Examination of the Influences on His Thought and His Aproach to History."

Bergin had a lenghty career in the U.S. foreign service. Over the course of his career, he was stationed in Burundi, France, Iran, Ivory Coast, and Senegal.

Martin J. Bergin, Jr. died on October 6, 2013 at the age of 94.

[Source: "Washington Post," 10/10/2013].
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Martin J. Bergin, Jr. papers
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Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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