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David E. Maas Papers


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Teaching Materials

Rev. L Aug. Heerboth and Dorothy A. Heerboth Papers

James M. Lower Papers

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David E. Maas Papers, 1914-2010 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

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Collection Overview

Title: David E. Maas Papers, 1914-2010Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1958-2010

ID: SC/214

Primary Creator: Maas, David E. (1940-)

Extent: 6.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Subjects: Du Page County (Ill.), Du Page County (Ill.) - History., United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865., Wheaton College (Ill.) - Faculty., Wheaton College (Ill.) - History., World history, World history - Study and teaching.

Forms of Material: Audiotapes, Compact discs, Diaries, Essays, Faculty Papers, Floppy disks, Lecture notes, Lectures, Oral histories

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The David E. Maas Papers are predominately composed of Maas’s teaching materials and student course materials from 1958 to 2010. Inclusively, the collection dates as far back as 1914. The collection is divided into five series: Teaching Materials, Biographical, Rev. L Aug. Heerboth and Dorothy A. Heerboth Papers, James M. Lower Papers, and General.

The majority of papers fall within the series Teaching Materials, which is further subdivided mainly by course subject and arranged roughly chronologically: Foreign Policy, American Constitutional History until 1860, American Constitutional History since 1860, Recent America, Methods of Historical Research, American Revolution Seminar, American Civilization 1492-1865, American Civilization 1865-Present, History 105 Practicum, History of Civilization, Civil War, Media, and General. Several folders contain materials detailing the history of Wheaton College. Types of teaching materials include: lectures, syllabi, course manuals, notes, exams, assignment sheets, essays and presentations, lesson plans, bibliographies, photocopies of primary source documents, oral histories, audiotapes, compact discs, and floppy discs. The subseries American Civilization 1492-1865, American Civilization 1865-Present, and Civil War contain a significant number of lengthy, typed lectures marked with dates. The subseries Media mostly contains recordings of music spanning from the 1700s through the 1970s. The final subseries, General, contains isolated folders on the courses Ethics and Race, Public History, and Freshman Experience. It also contains materials on an assessment of the History Department.

In addition to teaching materials, a small amount of Maas’s course materials as a college student are interspersed throughout the collection. These are found in the series Biographical and include lecture notes, essays, graded exams, syllabi, and autobiographical papers. Of special interest within the Teaching Materials and Biographical series may be the drafts of papers and presentations by Maas and the materials dedicated to the history of Wheaton and Wheaton College. Also of interest may be the audio materials in the subseries Media.

The collection also includes two smaller series of others’ papers. The first, the Rev. L. Aug. Heerboth and Dorothy A. Heerboth Papers, date from 1914 to 1976 and contain a few instances of correspondence and a significant number of what appear to be diary entries. The entries date from around 1914 to 1924. Second, the James M. Lower Papers date from the 1980s and include a transcription of the Civil War diaries of Sergt. W. J. Monfort along with photocopies of most, if not all, of the diaries’ pages.

Biographical Note

David E. Maas was born February 10, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA, where he spent the first four years of his childhood. His father was a naval officer, and his mother, a homemaker. Between the ages of 3 and 4, Maassaw two additions to the family: his brothers Richard and Donald. After Donald was born, the family moved to Santa Anna, CA. When Maas reached the third grade, the family moved to San Francisco, where Maas’s third brother, Bobby, was born. Church was a regular affair for the family. In the years that followed, the family moved to Los Altos, CA; San Diego, CA; Arlington, VA; and Silver Spring, MD. In Maryland, Maas joined the Christian Service Brigade at his church.

In 1955, the family moved to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where Maas’s father completed his Master’s degree in one year’s time and, shortly afterward, suffered his first heart attack. Around this time, Maas participated in Junior Achievement in high school and became president of his youth group. He credits the youth director with profoundly impacting his spiritual life, and in 1957, he dedicated his life to Jesus. After graduation, Maas moved to Glenview, IL, near the hospital from which his father was soon released only to suffer a second heart attack.

In the fall of 1957, Maas began his college studies at the Moody Bible Institute, where he met the woman who would later become his wife. In 1958, Maas’s father retired from the Navy and decided to move the family back to California, hoping his eldest son would join them and enroll at UCLA. Maas had different plans, however. He decided to get an apartment in Chicagoand reenter Moody. In 1960, while Maas was in California visiting his family, his father died of a heart attack. Maas later returned to Wheaton College and married in 1961. In the years leading up to this point, he worked as a dishwasher, stock clerk, bus driver, Sunday School teacher, and P.E. teacher at a private Christian school.

Maas received his B.A. in history from WheatonCollegein 1962. He completed his M.A. in history two years later at California State University at Los Angeles, and in 1972, he completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maas joined the Wheaton College faculty as a professor of history in 1970 and retired in 2010, having been granted emeritus status. Among the courses he taught during his forty years at Wheaton were World Civilization, Seminars to support World Civilization, American Foreign Relations, American Constitutional History, American Survey Beginning to Civil War, American Survey Civil War to Present, Seminar on American Revolution, and Seminar on Civil War.

Throughout his career, Maas’s professional research interests centered on the “losers” and overlooked average people in American history, whose stories he uncovered by turning to primary documents in local history. The early history of Wheaton College and Wheaton Collegeand Knox College students in the Civil War were focal points of his research.

Maas was a member of the Conference on Faith and History. He also ran a professional photography business from 1972 until 2004. He is married to Bobbie and has four adult children, David, Pam, Beth, and Daniel.

Subject/Index Terms

Du Page County (Ill.)
Du Page County (Ill.) - History.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.
Wheaton College (Ill.) - Faculty.
Wheaton College (Ill.) - History.
World history
World history - Study and teaching.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Preferred Citation: David E. Maas Papers (SC-214), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Teaching Materials],
[Series 3: Rev. L Aug. Heerboth and Dorothy A. Heerboth Papers],
[Series 4: James M. Lower Papers],

Series 4: James M. Lower PapersAdd to your cart.
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Folder 65: [Transcription of the Diaries of Sergt. W.J. Monfort], 1864 July 20 - 1865 March 28 (diary); 1988Add to your cart.
Includes original permission to publish form signed by grandson of diarist
Folder 66: [Photocopies of the Diaries of Sergt. W.J. Monfort], 1864 July 20 - 1865 July 13 (diary); 1980Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Teaching Materials],
[Series 3: Rev. L Aug. Heerboth and Dorothy A. Heerboth Papers],
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