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Papers of Harry Rosenberg

Identifier: UHAR

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Harry Rosenberg consists of documents, media, and artifacts dating from 1944 to 2011 with the bulk falling between 1969 and 1987. The materials were either created or collected by Rosenberg in relation to his research, university career, and family. The 2019 accrual consists of research material James Hansen compiled regarding Rosenberg and papers regarding Rosenberg's death. Rosenberg served on many university committees, and committee documents comprise the bulk of the collection. Predominant material types include committee reports, articles, class materials, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1944-2011
  • Creation: 1969-1987


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Dr. Harry Rosenberg was a professor of history at Colorado State University from 1959 until his retirement in 2004. During his tenure he served as chairman of the newly developed Department of History from 1965 to 1975. Rosenberg also served on the Faculty Council for over forty years, including two terms as chairman. Rosenberg contributed to the creation of the successful American West Program.

Harry Rosenberg was born on March 22, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of William and Rose Rosenberg, Jewish immigrants from Russia and Lithuania, respectively. When Rosenberg was five, his family moved to Utah, eventually settling in Vernal, Utah. His family moved again in 1938 to Los Angeles, where Rosenberg graduated from high school and met his future wife, Adeline Steinberg. During this time, both Steinberg and Rosenberg were deeply affected by the teachings of the First Hebrew Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles. They converted to Christianity, which profoundly affected Rosenberg, both spiritually and professionally.

Rosenberg served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. This led to clerical service with the 306th Bomb Group in England. Exposure to the historic sites and culture proved to be elemental to his academic development in medieval and classical history.

Following his discharge, Harry married Adeline Steinberg in 1947 and used his United States G.I. Bill support to study medieval history and literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Before earning his Ph.D., he taught briefly at Stanford University and the University of Washington, and in 1959 accepted a faculty position to teach history at Colorado State University.

From 1965 to 1975, he served as the first chairman of the new Department of History, building it from a faculty of 12 to 21 members. Under Rosenberg's leadership, the history department grew in standing as a solid contributor to liberal arts education at CSU. In 1962, he began more than four decades of service to the Faculty Council that included two terms as chairman. In 1979, Rosenberg's love of books found expression in his involvement with CSU Library Associates, which he served as president. In 1984, he became coordinator of the American West Program, a distinguished summer lecture series that enhanced the intellectual vitality of the university and surrounding community.

Rosenberg's scholarship garnered him many awards. These included the Panhellenic Council Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year (1962), the Student Honors Council Honors Prof designation (1976), the CSU Alumni Association Charles A. Lory Public Service Award (1991), the Fort Collins Historical Society Distinguished Service Award (1997), the CSU Alumni Associates Distinguished Professor Award (1998), and the CSU College of Liberal Arts John N. Stern Distinguished Service Award (1998).

Adeline and Harry Rosenberg had three children: Stephen, Susan, and Stanley. Adeline Rosenberg died in 1983. In 2002, Harry Rosenberg married Nancy Hart. Harry Rosenberg died on September 9, 2010.


10 linear feet (6 record cartons, 1 artifact box)

Language of Materials



Dr. Harry Rosenberg (1923-2010) was a professor of history at Colorado State University from 1959 until his retirement in 2004. During his tenure he served as chairman of the newly developed Department of History from 1965 to 1975. In addition, Rosenberg served on the Faculty Council for forty years, including two terms as chairman. Rosenberg also contributed to the creation of the annual campus lecture series of the American West Program. Rosenberg's scholarship centered on classical and medieval studies as well as biblical research.


The collection consists of five series in 6 record cartons and 1 artifact box:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1974-1975, 1989-2005 and undated

Series 2: University committees, 1963, 1965-1992 and undated

Series 3: Subject files, 1944-2011 and undated

Series 4: Media, 1969-1991 and undated

Series 5: Artifacts, undated


The collection was donated by Harry Rosenberg in October 2008 and posthumously in 2010. An accrual was donated by James Hansen in 2019.

Related Collections

In addition to individual presidents' records, the Papers of Harry Rosenberg are related to the Papers of James E. Hansen and the Records of the American West Program.


Work on the collection was completed in April 2012, and the accrual to the collection was completed in April 2019. Loose related papers were fastened with plastic clips as necessary. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Inventory Note

Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed.

Guide to the Papers of Harry Rosenberg
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill; revised by Mary Swing
Copyright 2012
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA