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Kuhlman, Charles, 1872-1959



Charles Kuhlman was born on 15 January 1872 in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelors degree in 1897, and a masters degree in 1900. In 1901, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich. He returned to Nebraska and taught history at the University of Nebraska and was appointed head of European History. He retired after one year due to an increasing deafness. Kuhlman became a farmer and in his spare time he continued to study and write history. In 1916, Kuhlman moved to Billings, Montana, and developed an interest in the events surrounding the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Applying his knowledge of historical methods and his geographical proximity, Kuhlman intensely studied and published around issues concerning the battle, producing large volumes of correspondence with other prominent authors in the field. Kuhlman's interest in military tactics and revolt remained a central focus in his historical research. His earlier scholarship concentrated primarily on the Jacobin cause and other revolutionary societies of the French Revolution. Kuhlman continued to revise his earlier writings through the 1950s, hoping to publish a definitive text on Jacobin history. Charles Kuhlman died in Billings, Montana, in 1959.

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Charles Kuhlman, History Papers

 Collection — Box OSB 025: [Barcode: R0236223905]
Identifier: RG-12-14-23
Scope and Contents

The Kuhlman papers primarily concern his research on General George A. Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, including research notes and research correspondence. Manuscripts and drafts of published works include revisions and correspondence with editors and publishers. The collection also contains some undergraduate and graduate notebooks from Kuhlman's time at the University of Nebraska.

Dates: 1895-1959