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Philip Bankwitz Research Collection

Identifier: 2002-0116

Scope and Content

The collection contains primarily photocopies of correspondence, reports and official documentation of the French government from the 1930s through the end of World War II in 1945. A significant quantity of the photocopies are stamped "Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques" and are presumed to have been copied from the papers of Edouard Daladier located in this repository. Most of the materials are in French. In 2008, a 2004 personal tribute of Dr. Bankwitz by Dr. Martin S. Alexander was added to the collection.


  • undated, 1928-1994, 2004


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

The majority of this collection consists of photocopies of materials from Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques. All references and citations should refer to the original materials at the Foundation in the Archives Edouard Daladier. Permission to publish from this collection must be obtained in writing from the Foundation, University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Philip C. F. Bankwitz was born 24 February 1924, the son of Charles Edward Bankwitz and Elizabeth Farwell Bankwitz. He was raised in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. He received his education at Harvard University (B.A., 1947; M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1952). In 1954, he joined the History Department at Trinity College where he spent his career until his retirement in 1969. A scholar of modern France, Dr. Bankwitz' fluency in French made possible his assignment to the French 2nd Armored Division, one of only thirty Americans to serve with this elite unit of the Free French Forces during World War II. For his service to France, he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre.

A long-time resident of Farmington, CT, Dr. Bankwitz died on 21 December 2003.


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The collection contains primarily photocopies of correspondence, reports and official documentation of the French government from the 1930s through the end of World War II in 1945. Dr. Bankwitz was a scholr of modern French history at Trinity College (Hartford, CT).


The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. Subject categories were determined as much as possible by the donor's notations (in both French and English).

Series I: Research Collection and Correspondence (undated, 1928-1994)

Series II: Personal Papers ()

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated by Dr. Bankwitz in October 2002. Dr. Bankwitz' monograph collection accompanied the donation. The majority of the titles have been reviewed for inclusion in the University of Connecticut Libraries monograph collection in the Homer Babbidge Library. Dr. Alexander donated his tribute to Dr. Bankwitz in 2008.

Alternative Form Available

Originals of the majority of materials represented in this collection can be found in the Edouard Daladier Papers located at the Foundation Nationale des Sciences Politiques.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to World War II. See especially, the Thomas Dodd Papers and Connecticut Soldier's Collection. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

General note

Published Works:

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  1. Maxime Weygand and Civil-Military Relations in Modern France, Harvard University Press, 1967.
  2. Alsatian Autonomist Leaders, Regents Press of Kansas, 1978.
Philip Bankwitz Research Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2004 July
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US