The Ira Gruber Papers from 1953 – 2021 include correspondence of faculty meetings, recommendations on faculty and graduate students, personal letters, course development, and professional writings. Papers on the development and revisions of his three major writings, The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution, Warfare in Western World: Military Operations Since 1871, John Peebles' American War: The Diary of a Scottish Grenadier and Books and the British Army at the Time of the American Revolution. Also contained in this collection are Ira Gruber’s papers on the courses he developed and taught including notes and exams. The papers and correspondence on his service for development of course distribution credit, faculty handbook, and professional vitae. Personal appointment calendars and papers dealing with his involvement in the Champions Golf Club are also contained within collection.
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Ira Gruber was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 6, 1934. Pottstown, Pennsylvania was the town of residence. In 1951 Ira Gruber began studies at Duke University. While at Duke University Ira Gruber was a part of the United States Naval Reserve. July of 1955 Ira Gruber was called to active duty. He served on the USS Wiltsie were he was appointed a crypto security officer. Ira Gruber was released of active duty June 1957. Ira Gruber completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University (1955), and also received his PhD from Duke in 1961.
In 1961-62 Dr. Gruber was an instructor of history at Duke University. 1962-65 Dr. Gruber was a fellow at the Institute of Early American History and Culture. 1965-66 Dr. Gruber was an assistant professor of History at Occidental College. 1966 to 2008 Ira Gruber was professor of history at Rice University (Houston). During the time at Rice, Dr. Gruber was Masterson Department of History Chair from 1983-87. Rice University being a residential college system, Dr. Gruber served as Hanszen College Master from 1968-73. In 1979 Dr. Gruber held the position of John F. Morrison Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. This position was as a visiting professor and ended in 1980. Dr. Gruber took another visiting professor position with the U.S. Military Academy in 1984-85. Ira Gruber retired from Rice University in 2008.
Ira Gruber received the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rice in 2001, as well as the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching twice, once in 1974 and again in 2003. While publishing many articles, this major writings have been on Early American History and Warfare. His major books are: The Howe Brothers and the American Revolution,Warfare in Western World: Military Operations Since 1871, and John Peebles' American War: The Diary of a Scottish Grenadier
Collection contains the academic writings, professional and personal correspondence, courses taught, and biographical information of Ira Gruber before and while a professor of History at Rice University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
This collection was donated by Dr. Ira Gruber in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2021.