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Identifier: R-MC 135

Herbert H. Rowen Papers


  • 1948-1999

Scope and Content Note

The Herbert H. Rowen Papers largely consist of material related to Rowen's published works on Early Modern European and Dutch History. A large portion of the collection is copies of Rowen's published articles. The collection also includes correspondence related to his academic appointments as well as published works; reviews of Rowen's work, and reviews by Rowen of other material. It also includes some material related to the research conducted for various articles. Copies of both his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation are included in the collection. A large portion of the material, including correspondence, published articles, and reviews is in Dutch.


1.46 Cubic Feet (3.5 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials

English and Dutch

Acquisition Note

The Herbert H. Rowen Papers were donated to the University Archives in 2012 by his daughter, Marthe Rowen.


This collection consists of material created by Herbert H. Rowen, noted Dutch and Early Modern Historian and professor of history at Rutgers University. It includes copies of Rowen's published works, as well as copies of his Master's thesis and PhD dissertation; both from Columbia University. It also includes some research material of Rowen's as well as information about his scholarly activities and teaching career. It includes material in both English and Dutch

<emph render="bold">Biographical Sketch of Herbert Harvey Rowen</emph>

Herbert Harvey Rowen was a noted historian of Dutch and Early Modern European history. He was born on October 22, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph M. and Sarah Gordon Rowen. Rowen attended school in New York City, and received his Bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1936. After serving three years of military service for the United States Army Signal Corps, Rowen enrolled at Columbia University, where he received his Master's in History in 1948, with his thesis on "Annexation of the Congo by Belgium; a parliamentary study." Shortly after, Rowen began to work on his doctoral degree under Columbia faculty member and European historian Garrett Mattingly. Rowen completed his PhD in 1951, with his dissertation,"Pomponne and DeWitt; a study of French policy on the eve of the Dutch War".

Rowen held a number of university faculty positions during his career, including posts at Brandeis, University of Iowa, Elmira College, University of California and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; all before taking on a position in the Department of History at Rutgers University. Rowen remained a Rutgers faculty member for twenty-three years, until his retirement in 1987. For his work at Rutgers, Rowen received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Faculty Research in 1980. Rowen also held a number of fellowships and editorial positions, in addition to his work translating historical texts in three languages. Additionally, he earned the honor of becoming a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Rowen died on March 31, 1999 at his home in Newtwon, Pennsylvania.

Arrangement Note

The Herbert H. Rowen Papers are arranged into three series:

  1. I. Correspondence and General Files
  2. II. Published Material and Scholarly Work
  3. III. Reviews
Guide to the Papers of Herbert H. Rowen, 1948-1999 R-MC 135
Edited Full Draft
Cassie Brewer
July 2012
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS

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