Guide to the Oral history interview with Jeffrey P. Hart, 2009 Feb. 18.Manuscript DOH-290

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Guide to the Oral history interview with Jeffrey P. Hart, 2009 Feb. 18.

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-290

Collection Dates:

2009 Feb. 18.

Size of Collection:

1 sound cassette (ca. 60 min.); 1 WAV file. ; Transcript: 20 p.


Jeffrey Hart, Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth College. Oral history interview documenting his undergraduate years and career at Dartmouth College.

Access to Collection:

Closed until 2023.

Use & Access

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Access Restrictions

Closed until 2023.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of Jeffrey Hart is comprised of audiocassette and digital recordings and a transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Mary Donin on February 18, 2009. The entire interview runs for approximately 45 minutes and covers his undergraduate years and teaching career at Dartmouth.


Jeffrey Peter Hart was born on April 22, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in New York City. He entered Dartmouth as a member of the class of 1951 and left during his junior year. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1952 followed by his PhD and served in Naval Intelligence during the Korean War. Hart returned to Dartmouth and taught English from 1963 to 1993. While at Dartmouth, he served as faculty advisor for 'The Dartmouth Review' and continues to advise the paper. He was a syndicated columnist as well as a speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Reagan. He became senior editor of 'The National Review' in 1969. Hart is the author of nine books including 'The Making of the National Conservative Mind: National Review and its Times,' 'Acts of Recovery: Essays on Culture and Politics,' and 'Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education.

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