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Peter Levine working papers

Identifier: MSS 362 large

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 24 boxes of primary sources used in Peter Levine's research and manuscripts of publications, as well as teaching materials and miscellaneous items.


  • Creation: 1860-2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2000

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Born and raised in Brooklyn, a graduate of Columbia and Rutgers, Levine taught in the History department at Michigan State University since 1969, the year he left graduate school. Trained originally as a Jacksonian historian, Levine's scholarly and writing interests expanded to encompass the entire 19th century and beyond. His works engaged in a wide range of interrelated themes and topics, including the immigrant experience and assimilation. Peter Levine retired from MSU in 2000 and now lives in Brooklyn where he continues to write. He is also an actor, appearing in numerous productions in New York and throughout the Northeast. Dr. Levine is currently (as of 2010) a faculty member at Columbia University in the Sports Management Program. He teaches Socio-Historical Foundations of American Sport. His writings include A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball (1985), American Sport: A Documentary History (1989), Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience (1992), Idols of the Game (1995 with Robert Lipsyte), Sports and the American Jew (1997), a novel: The Rabbi of Swat (1999). He served as the editor of the journal Baseball History for five years and was a consultant on Ken Burns' PBS documentary Baseball.


24 Linear Feet (24 boxes) ; 27 x 14 x 32 cm.

Language of Materials



Arranged in 10 series, corresponding to works Levine published or published in, history classes and miscellaneous: 1. The behavior of state legislative parties in the Jacksonian Era. 2. Draft evasion in the North during the Civil War, 1863-1865. 3. A.G. Spalding and the rise of baseball: The promise of American sport. 4. American sport: A documentary history. 5. Sports and the American Jew edited by Steven A. Riess. 6. Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish experience. 7. Idols of the game: A sporting history of the American century. 8. The Rabbi of Swat. 9. History Classes. 10. Miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Peter Levine to MSU Libraries in, 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Leslie M. Behm in July 2009 - October 2010.

Finding Aid for the Peter Levine working papers
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Finding aid prepared by Leslie M. Behm.
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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