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Oberlin History

Essays and Impressions

History, Regional Interest


“Geoffrey Blodgett was a much-loved professor and a distinguished scholar of American history who dedicated his entire academic career to Oberlin College and its students. This anthology  … of subtle and sophisticated work … illuminates the history of a great college, the intellect of a gifted historian, and the character of an extraordinarily humane and gentle man.”

—From the Foreword by Nancy S. Dye, President, Oberlin College


Geoffrey Blodgett (1931–2001, AB Oberlin 1953, PhD Harvard 1960) was the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History at Oberlin College. He taught at Oberlin from 1960 to 2000, where his specialties included American intellectual history, American political history, and the social history of American architecture. He wrote numerous articles on late nineteenth-century political history and early twentieth-century architecture as well as Oberlin history from 1833 through the 1990s. Professor Blodgett was the author of Oberlin Architecture, College and Town: A Guide to Its Social History (Kent State University Press, 1985). His last book, a biography of architect Cass Gilbert, who designed five of Oberlin’s buildings, was Cass Gilbert: The Early Years (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2001).