Peter Levine working papers Edit


MSS 362 large


  • 1860-2000 (Creation)
  • bulk 1970-2000 (Creation)


  • 24 Linear Feet (Whole)
    24 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Peter Levine working papers, MSS 362, Special Collection, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Dr. Peter Levine to MSU Libraries in, 2000.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Leslie M. Behm in July 2009 - October 2010.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, a graduate of Columbia and Rutgers, Levine taught in the History department at Michigan State University since 1969, the year he left graduate school. Trained originally as a Jacksonian historian, Levine's scholarly and writing interests expanded to encompass the entire 19th century and beyond. His works engaged in a wide range of interrelated themes and topics, including the immigrant experience and assimilation. Peter Levine retired from MSU in 2000 and now lives in Brooklyn where he continues to write. He is also an actor, appearing in numerous productions in New York and throughout the Northeast. Dr. Levine is currently (as of 2010) a faculty member at Columbia University in the Sports Management Program. He teaches Socio-Historical Foundations of American Sport. His writings include A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball (1985), American Sport: A Documentary History (1989), Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience (1992), Idols of the Game (1995 with Robert Lipsyte), Sports and the American Jew (1997), a novel: The Rabbi of Swat (1999). He served as the editor of the journal Baseball History for five years and was a consultant on Ken Burns' PBS documentary Baseball.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection contains 24 boxes of primary sources used in Peter Levine's research and manuscripts of publications, as well as teaching materials and miscellaneous items.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in 10 series, corresponding to works Levine published or published in, history classes and miscellaneous: 1. The behavior of state legislative parties in the Jacksonian Era. 2. Draft evasion in the North during the Civil War, 1863-1865. 3. A.G. Spalding and the rise of baseball: The promise of American sport. 4. American sport: A documentary history. 5. Sports and the American Jew edited by Steven A. Riess. 6. Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish experience. 7. Idols of the game: A sporting history of the American century. 8. The Rabbi of Swat. 9. History Classes. 10. Miscellaneous.