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Guide to the Kenneth J. Cmiel Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1986-2005
Creator: Cmiel, Kenneth J. (1954-2005)
Extent: 14.25 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0042
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: University of Iowa professor of history and director of the UI Center for Human Rights.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials.

Acquisition: The Papers of Kenneth J. Cmiel were transferred to the University Archives from the UI Dept. of History as Accessions 2006-58 and 2007-40. The collection was processed by Alexis Bushnell and David McCartney. Guide posted to the Internet November 2007.

Preferred Citation: Kenneth J. Cmiel Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

Kenneth J. Cmiel was a professor of history and American studies at the University of Iowa and director of the U.I. Center for Human Rights. In 1977 he received the B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1986. His dissertation won the Society of American Historians' Allan Nevins Prize in 1987. He joined the U.I. faculty that same year.
 
His first book, Democratic Eloquence: The Fight Over Popular Speech in Nineteenth-Century America, was based on his dissertation. At the time of his death he was writing "Ambiguous Origins: The United Nations and Human Rights" (working title), chronicling the political ideas that contributed to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (U.D.H.R.). Though unfinished, portions of the planned book began to emerge as articles, including "The Emergence of Human Rights Politics in the United States," which appeared in a special issue of the Journal of American History in 1999.
 
Mr. Cmiel served as chair of the U.I. Department of History from 2000 to 2003. In 2004 he became director of the U.I. Center for Human Rights. He was the U.I. Presidential Lecturer in 2005 and during his career won many of the University's other top research and scholarship awards.
 
Kenneth Cmiel was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 31, 1954, the son of Henry and Jean (Gasiorek) Cmiel. In 1980 he married Anne Duggan and they had three children. He died on February 4, 2006, at age 51, due to a previously-undetected brain tumor.

The Papers of Kenneth J. Cmiel consist of his published and unpublished writings, book reviews, correspondence, and materials pertaining to courses he taught in the University of Iowa Department of History. At the time of his death in 2006, Prof. Cmiel was working on a book chronicling the history of human rights in the twentieth century, including a discussion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Cmiel, Kenneth. A Home of Another Kind: One Chicago Orphanage and the Tangle of Child Welfare. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Cmiel, Kenneth. Democratic Eloquence: The Fight Over Popular Speech in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: W. Morrow, 1990.

Records of the UI Center for Human Rights (RG 23.14)

Folder, "Cmiel, Kenneth," in the Faculty and Staff Vertical Files Collection (RG01.0015.003)

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Published and unpublished writings, book reviews - 1989-2004
  • Course materials: Music History - 1993-2003
    Including CDs
  • Box 2:
  • Course materials: Image in America, U.S. History 1877-present
  • Course materials: Visual Culture Seminar
  • Course materials: Pictures in American Life
  • Course materials: American Intellectual History
  • Course materials: Human Rights History and Politics - Undated
  • 1970s Project: Thinking Through the 70s - notes and correspondence - 1970s
  • U.I. Center for Human Rights correspondence
  • Box 3:
  • Awards and grants correspondence
  • History Department administrative files
  • Department correspondence, A-Z
  • Box 4:
  • Correspondence for review articles
  • Course evaluations
  • Sub-Series: History of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (U.D.H.R.) book project
  • Box 4:
  • Photocopies of correspondence between H.G. Wells and the following: Richard Acland, Daily Herald, Francis Delancour, Gandhi, Domingo Hidalgo, A.D. Lindsay, E.V. Mold, Nehru, Sankey, Smuts, Frank Swinnerton, Chaim Weismann
  • Wells' comments on the Rights of Man
  • Summaries written by Ken Cmiel on papers from H.G. Wells Archives
  • Papers on the International Rights of Man, International Bill of Rights, and Jacques Maritain
  • Box 5:
  • Indexes from LeMonde, Guide to Periodical Literature, The New York Times and the Times of London on genocide
  • Newspaper articles about genocide/Genocide Convention
  • Hans Peter article on the Genocide Convention
  • Genocide timeline and genocide definitions
  • Photocopies of letters to ratify the Genocide Convention to U.S. senators and United Nations members
  • Photocopies of correspondence from Melville Herskovitz and papers written by him
  • Photocopies of papers and correspondence from archives on Raphael Lemkin
  • Correspondence and notes from Cmiel paper presented at a Columbia University conference
  • Articles on international lawyers including Alfaro, Alvarez, Cassin, Mandelstam, Malik; photocopies of correspondence and articles by these individuals
  • Papers on international law and the U.D.H.R.
  • Draft of International Bill of Human Rights
  • Paper on Hersch Lauterpacht
  • Correspondence with Sir Elihu Lauterpacht
  • Box 6:
  • Photocopies of articles on Malik and Cassin, including the U.N. Bulletin and opinions on Freedom of Information
  • Cmiel paper on freedom of information with comments
  • U.N. Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Meeting records
  • U.N. meeting records from 106-180th Sessions, 1407th Session
  • E.C.O.S.O.C. Human Rights papers
  • Cmiel notes on U.D.H.R., E.C.O.S.O.C.
  • Notes from Cmiel presentation at University of Pennsylvania
  • U.N. draft of U.D.H.R. with Cmiel notes
  • U.N.E.S.C.O. newspaper articles
  • State Department biographies of individuals on Human Rights Commission
  • National security papers
  • Eleanor Roosevelt papers pertaining to the Human Rights Commission
  • C. Wilfred Jenks
  • Box 7:
  • National Negro Conference Petition
  • Draft of U.D.H.R. chapters with notes
  • Articles on colonialism, self-determination and sovereignty
  • Photocopies of La Magna Carta and Les Droits Internationaux de l'Homme
  • Articles on Leon Blum, Jessie Street, and Crystal Eastman
  • Box 8:
  • Global Scholar and N.E.H. grant papers/proposal
  • Notes pertaining to books for possible use
  • Notes from books in use for project
  • Articles for background research
  • Article on human rights documents in the U.N.
  • Human rights articles - 1930-1950
    Including speeches by Nehru and Gandhi
  • Articles on human rights in various regions: India, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, former U.S.S.R.
  • Official papers from African summits
  • Virginia Thompson book reviews
  • Mary Anne Glendon and Michael Ignatieff review articles on U.D.H.R.
  • Articles on P.C. Chang and George Kennan
  • Articles and notes on human rights theory
  • Sub-Series: Human rights and Amnesty International projects
  • Box 8:
  • Amnesty International staff correspondence
  • Papers on human rights - 1970s
  • Papers from the Ford Foundation
  • Papers from U.S. Congress on human rights
  • Amnesty International contact information
  • New Information Order papers - 1970s
  • Sub-Series: Final drafts of articles
  • Box 9:
  • (1) Cmiel, K. The Recent History of Human Rights. American Historical Review 109(1):117-135 - 2004
  • (2) Cmiel, K. Human rights, freedom of information, and the origins of third-world solidarity. 1-40 - 2000
  • (3) Cmiel, K. The Emergence of Human Rights Politics in the United States. Journal of American History 86(3):1231-1250 - 1999
  • (4) Cmiel, K. Talking About Truth. Modern Intellectual History 293-304 - 2004
  • Sub-Series: Reviews
  • Box 9:
  • Reviews by Cmiel
  • Reviews of Cmiel's works
  • Sub-Series: Human rights class materials from U.I. Center for Human Rights (divided into six folders of 10 articles each)
  • Box 9:
  • Folder 1
  • (1) Egypt vows to battle female circumcision at international conference. Jordan Times. June 22 - 2003
  • (2) What is female genital mutilation? ACT 77/06/97: 1-5. Amnesty International: October 1 - 1997
  • (3) Why and how Amnesty International took up the issue of female genital mutilation. ACT 77/11/97:1-3. October 1 - 1997
  • (4) Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples. 1-5: July 4 - 1976
  • (5) Secretary Kissinger attends OAS General Assembly at Santiago. Department of State Bulletin: 75(1932): 1-5. July 5 - 1976
  • (6) Charter of the United Nations. June 26 - 1945
  • (7) The Declaration of Independence: The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America - 1776
  • (8) Abu-Nasr, D. The veiled life of Saudi women. Washington Post. A59. December 8 - 2000
  • (9) Agnew, P. Pope voices "bitterness" at gay rights festival in Rome. Irish Times. City edition; World News: 13. July 10 - 2000
  • (10) Alston, P. Human Rights Quarterly. 6(2): 224-235. Book review of "Human Rights and the U.N.: A Great Adventure," by John P. Humphrey. May - 1984
  • Folder 2
  • (11) Antoniopoulos, N. L'influence de la declarin universelle des droits de l'homme sur les constitutions contemporaines. Politique: revue internationale des idees des institutions et de la vieque. 13:1-35, January-March - 1961
  • (12) Applebaum, A. Inside the Gulag. New York Review of Books. 48: 33-35, June 15 - 2000
  • (13) Arnold, H.M. Henry Kissinger and human rights. Universal Human Rights. 2(4): 57-71, October-December - 1980
  • (14) Bardach, J. Man is wolf to man: surviving the gulag. Berkeley: University of California Press; - 1998
    Segment only
  • (15) Benjamin, M.R., Young, L. Lib in a land of macho. Newsweek. 28-30, July 7 - 1975
  • (16) Bentham, J. Of the principle of utility. An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation. Printed in the year 1780, and now first published. London: T. Payne, and Son - 1789
  • (17) Bentham, J. Anarchical fallacies: being an examination of the Declaration of Rights issued during the French Revolution
  • (18) Bunch, C., Frost, S. Women's human rights: an introduction. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: global women's issues and knowledge. New York: Routledge - 2000
  • (19) Carleton, D., Stohl, M. The foreign policy of human rights: rhetoric and reality from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Human Rights Quarterly. 7(2): 205-229, May - 1985
  • (20) Carter, J. Address before the General Assembly (United Nations). 444-450, March 17 - 1977
  • Folder 3
  • (21) Carter, J. U.S. responsibility toward peace and human rights. Department of State Bulletin. 77: 759-762, November 28 - 1977
  • (22) Christenson, G.A. Kennan and human rights. Human Rights Quarterly. 8(3): 345-373, August - 1986
  • (23) Christopher, W. Human rights: principle and realism. Department of State Bulletin. 77 (1992): 269-273, August 29 - 1977
  • (24) Christopher, W. Human rights: an important concern of U.S. foreign policy. Department of State Bulletin. 76 (1970): 289-291, March 28 - 1977
  • (25) Cmiel, K. The recent history of human rights. American Historical Review 109(1): 117-135 - 2004
  • (26) Conklin, M., Davidson, D. The I. M. F. and economic and social human rights: a case study of Argentina, 1958-1985. Human Rights Quarterly. 8(2): 227-269, May - 1986
  • (27) Davies, R.W. Forced labour under Stalin: the archive revelations. New Left Review. 214: 62-80, November-December - 1995
  • (28) Derian, P.M. Western hemisphere: the role of human rights policy in arms transfer. Department of State Bulletin. 78(2020): 51-53, November - 1978
  • (29) Donnelly, J. Recent trends in U.N. human rights activity: description and polemic. International Organization. 35(4): 633-655, Autumn - 1981
  • (30) Englehart, N.A. Rights and culture in the Asian Values Argument: the rise and fall of Confucian ethics in Singapore. Human Rights Quarterly. 22(2): 548-568
  • Folder 4
  • (31) Eyal, P. Human rights - the next step. The Nation. 271(21): 13-18, December 25 - 2000
  • (32) Fish, S.E. There's no such thing as free speech: and it's a good thing, too. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press - 1994
  • (33) Freeman, J. Beijing Report: The Fourth World Conference on Women. 1-17 - 1996
  • (34) Friedman, T.L. Foreign affairs: the new human rights. New York Times. A (51599): 19, July 30 - 1999
  • (35) Haq, F. Cairo meet prompts shift on circumcision. 8:1-3, February - 1999
  • (36) Johnson, M.G. Historical perspectives on human rights and U. S. foreign policy. Universal Human Rights. 2(3): 1-18, July-September - 1980
  • (37) Jones, P. Human rights, group rights, and peoples' rights. Human Rights Quarterly. 21(1): 80-107 - 1999
  • (38) Kaplan, R. D. Idealism won't stop mass murder. The coming anarchy: shattering the dreams of the post Cold War. New York: Random House - 2000
    Pages 99-104
  • (39) Kissinger, H. The future of America's foreign policy. Department of State Bulletin. 75 (1936):149-160, August 2 - 1976
  • (40) Kowalewski, D. Human rights protest in the U.S.S.R.: statistical trends for 1965-78. Universal Human Rights. 2(1): 5-29, January-March - 1980
  • Folder 5
  • (41) Lake, M. Childbearers as rights-bearers: feminist discourse on the rights of aboriginal and non-aboriginal mothers in Australia, 1920-50. Women's History Review 8(2): 347-363 - 1999
  • (42) Leopold, E. Beijing women's conference: what is gender? World Tibet Network News. April 11 - 1995
  • (43) Lo, C. Human rights in the Chinese tradition. Human rights: comments and interpretations: a symposium edited by UNESCO. UNESCO, ed. New York: Columbia University Press - 1949
    Pages 186-190
  • (44) Locher-Scholten, E. The colonial heritage of human rights in Indonesia: the case of the vote for women, 1916-41. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 30(1): 54-73 - 1999
  • (45) MacIntyre, A. Community, law, and the idiom and rhetoric of rights. Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture. 26: 96-110 - 1991
  • (46) Mahbubani, K. The ten commandments for developing countries in the nineties. In: Kirdar U, editor. Change: threat or opportunity for human progress. New York: United Nations - 1992
  • (47) Marks, S.P. From the "Single Confused Page" to the "Decalogue for Six Billion Persons": the roots of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the French Revolution. Human Rights Quarterly. 20: 459-514 - 1998
  • (48) Martin, J.P. Re-thinking human rights. Rights News. 25(1): 1-8, Fall - 2003
  • (49) Mattar, M.Y. Trafficking in persons: an annotated legal bibliography. Law Library Journal. 96(4): 669-726, Fall - 2004
  • (50) Mazower, M. The strange triumph of human rights, 1933–1950. Historical Journal. 47(2): 379-398, June - 2004
  • Folder 6
  • (51) Mezvinsky, E.M. Human rights and international organizations. Department of State Bulletin. 78(2018): 52-53 - 1978
  • (52) Nicholls, D. Ideology and political protest in Haiti, 1930-46. Journal of Contemporary History. 9(4): 3-26, October - 1974
  • (53) Onishi, N. Gulf grows over the use of Islamic law in Nigeria. New York Times. A(51489): 10, August 23 - 2000
  • (54) Peerenboom, R. Human rights and Asian values: the limits of Universalism. Book review. China Review International. 7(2): 295-320, Fall - 2000
  • (55) Schneider, M.L. Human rights policy review. Department of State Bulletin. 77: 829-833, December 5 - 1977
  • (56) Tolley, H., Jr. The concealed crack in the Citadel: the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' Response to Confidential Communications. Human Rights Quarterly. 6(4): 420-462, November - 1984
  • (57) Ibid. Abstract only.
  • (58) Toubia, N. Female genital mutilation. In: Peters, J.; Wolper, A., editors. New York: Routledge - 1995
    Pages 224-236
  • (59) Whitaker, J.S. Women of the world report from Mexico City. Foreign Affairs. 54(1): 175-181, October - 1975
  • (60) Wildenthal, L. Human rights advocacy and national identity in West Germany. Human Rights Quarterly 22(4): 1051-1059 - 2000
  • Sub-Series: Miscellaneous
  • Box 9:
  • Human Rights Politics course material
    15 folders
  • Seeing War from a Distance - presentation notes - 2005
  • History of the Book in America project
  • Dictionary of American History project
  • Computer diskettes: curriculum planning, vitae, writings
  • Box 10:
  • Citation note cards used for dissertation (not organized) - 1983-1986
  • Box 11:
  • Citation note cards used for dissertation (not organized) - 1983-1986
  • Box 12:
  • Citation note cards used for dissertation (not organized) - 1983-1986