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David Holbrook CULBERT

David Holbrook CULBERT

Male 1943 - 2017  (73 years)

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  • Name David Holbrook CULBERT  [1, 2
    Nickname Dapper 
    Born 7 Jul 1943  San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Education Between 1961 and 1964  Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    B.Mus. Organ Performance, B.A. German History 
    Education 1961  Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    graduated 
    Residence Bef 1961  Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Employment 1962  Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    clerk, U.S. Dept. of State 
    Education Between 1963 and 1964 
    Studied at Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria 
    Employment 1962-1963  Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Summer Intern, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency,  
    Education Aft 1964  Northwestern University, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A. 60208 Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Ph.D American History 
    Education 1970  Northwestern University, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A. 60208 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ph.D. 
    Employment 1970-1971  Yale University, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Assistant Professor of History 
    Employment 1971-1976  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Assistant Professor of History 
    Activity Aft. 1980  St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Employment 1976-1983  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Associate Professor of History 
    Membership Between 1983 and 2001 
    Residence Bef 1996  1454 Silliman Dr., Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. 70808 Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
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    Employment 1983-2016  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Professor of History 
    Occupation 1970-2016  [8
    Professor of History 
    Residence 2000-2017  2850 Edward Avenue, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. 70808 Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Cause of Death 20 May 2017  [7
    Cardiac arrest 
    Died 20 May 2017  Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • While on a tour in southern Italy with his wife, Lubna, David Culbert died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on May 20, 2017.  He was born on July 7, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia.  At an early age, David showed interest in classical music and music of the Episcopal Church in particular, singing in the Choir of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  David received a B.A. in German History from Oberlin College, and a B. Mus.in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  He spent a year studying organ music at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria.  He completed his PhD in American History at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and served as Assistant Professor of History at Yale before joining the faculty of the Department of History at LSU.  His work at Northwestern on the role of radio news commentators in 1930s America became the subject of his first book, News for Everyman: Radio and Foreign Affairs in Thirties America.  He became especially well known for his work on film propaganda in World War II, using his command of German to bring archive-based insights into scholarly discourse on both sides of the Atlantic.  He was an editor of document series such as his multi-volume Film and Propaganda in America: A Documentary History, the microfilm edition of the OWI archive, Information Control and Propaganda: Records of the Office of War Information, Warner Brothers' Mission to Moscow, World War II, Film and History , co-edited with John W. Chambers, and Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present, co-edited with Nick Cull and David Welch.  David was an activist for the preservation of film, giving testimony on the subject to Congress. He pioneered bringing audio-visual evidence into the classroom. He was a mainstay of conferences, masterclasses and, above all, for the journal, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, which he edited for many years and continued to serve as editor emeritus.  The International Association for Media and History formally acknowledged the profession's debt to David at the end of his tenure as editor of the HJFRT by naming its annual prize for the best article by a senior scholar The David Culbert Prize.  David's honors and awards included Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Lambda, 1966; NDEA Title IV Fellow, 1966-70; Fellow, Wilson Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, 1976-1977; Fellow, National Humanities Institute, Yale University, 1977-78; Rockefeller Foundation Grant, 1979, 1981; National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1980-81; Kellogg Foundation National Fellow, 1981-84; Corporation for Public Broadcasting Grant, 1983; NEH Medial Programming Grant, 1984; Thyssen Stifung Grant, 1992; ACLS-DAAD Collaborative Research Grant, 1993; Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World; International Who's Who in Classical Music; and three TAF Outstanding Teaching Awards, Honors College, LSU.  David was a devoted teacher whose decades of service at LSU were recognized by the award of the John L. Loos Chair of History in 2005.  He was an inspiration to colleagues in the field and a generous mentor to younger scholars who could depend on him for a supportive letter of recommendation.  He was an entertaining speaker, whose presentations were known to include his bursting into song if the material called for that, and, on at least one occasion, he stepped up to play an accompaniment during the screening of a silent film.  Throughout his career, David taught both undergraduate and graduate students in the LSU History Department and the Honors College.  He always looked for new and interesting topics to teach in order to challenge his students, and the last course he taught, this past Spring Semester, dealt with the Presidential Election of 2016.  He created opportunities for his students, and his most recent effort was to collaborate with the WW II Museum in New Orleans and LSU to create internships for students.  An ardent bibliophile, David collected old and new rare books.  He enjoyed membership with fellow book lovers in the Grolier Club of New York, and also served as national chair for The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS).  With his wife, Lubna, David showed a passionate love for the history and culture of the Middle East, especially Palestinian cultural materials, textiles and ceramics.  He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, where he served as Organist and Choirmaster for thirty years.  He was devoted to the Anglican choral tradition, and was an inspiration to those who sang under his direction.  He was a genial presence, with a dry wit and an eye for the comic side of everyday life, and an infectious enthusiasm for a host of subjects, from book collecting to choral music.  His friends will remember how much he loved playing the piano and singing at the top of his voice.  David Culbert is survived by his wife, Lubna, uncle William of Seattle, WA, brother Peter of Santa Fe, NM, cousins and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Culbert.  He will be greatly missed by his many friends, colleagues, students and former students.  Visitation will be in the Parlor at St. James Episcopal Church beginning at 10:00, Monday, June 12, followed by a Memorial Service in the Church at 11:30.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. James Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 126, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. [11]
    Person ID I00116  Culbert | Branch: A Culbert family (I06526), near Letterkenny, Donegal, IRE, c. 1800. Two sons migrated to Wilimington, DE & Delaware Co.
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2017 

    Father Robert William CULBERT,   b. 25 Jun 1918, West Jersey Hospital, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Mar 2000, 2258 Camino Iris, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, U.S.A. 87505 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Dorothy Fairfax KIFT,   b. 28 Jul 1920, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1993, 6254 Sevenoaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F00046  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 J.A. JACKSON 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F00057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 L. ARANKI 
    Photos 2 photos
    Last Modified 26 May 2017 
    Family ID F00056  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jul 1943 - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - B.Mus. Organ Performance, B.A. German History - Between 1961 and 1964 - Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - graduated - 1961 - Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1961 - Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - clerk, U.S. Dept. of State - 1962 - Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Summer Intern, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, - 1962-1963 - Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Ph.D American History - Aft 1964 - Northwestern University, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A. 60208 Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Ph.D. - 1970 - Northwestern University, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A. 60208 Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Assistant Professor of History - 1970-1971 - Yale University, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Assistant Professor of History - 1971-1976 - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsActivity - Choirmaster and Organist - Aft. 1980 - St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Associate Professor of History - 1976-1983 - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1996 - 1454 Silliman Dr., Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. 70808 Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - Professor of History - 1983-2016 - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2000-2017 - 2850 Edward Avenue, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A. 70808 Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 May 2017 - Italy Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos 2 photos

    Birth Records
    Robert Fleming Culbert Family Bible, Births, p. 2
    Robert Fleming Culbert Family Bible, Births, p. 2

  • Notes 
    • Some area students got together yesterday and agreed teachers have a right to live. But, the five high school students appearing on WRC-TV's "Teen Talk" program disagreed somewhat on just how loose and high that living should be....Students taking part in the panel talk included: ...David Culbert, of Washington-Lee High School.... [12]
    • David H. Culbert, Woodrow Wilson International Center, made presentation at National Archives on "Private Snafu", and animated film about World War II. [13]
    • As a propaganda ploy to make himself look more human and humane, it was a miserable flop. But as an effort to force the hostage issue to the forefront and make Americans think twice about military action, Saddam Hussein's television appearance with a group of British hostages Thursday may have been more successful...David Culbert, professor of history at Louisiana State University and an expert on the history of propaganda, said there were eerie parallels between Saddam's tape and Japanese [ref. Calling Australia, and portraying Australian POWs held in Java] and German [ref. Hitler Gives the Jews a City showing Jews living happily under Nazi rule in Theresienstadt] propaganda films made during World War II that were never released. [14]
    • by David Culbert, Professor of History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. [15]
    • by David Culbert, Baton Rouge, LA and Martin Loiperdinger, Frankfurt. [16]
    • The history teacher, 1973, Long Beach, California : Society for History Education, California State University. [Notes: Ten booklets in pamphlet binder. Contents includes "Undergraduates as historians: family history projects add meaning to an introductory survey" by David H. CULBERT.]
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      War and the homefront, 1978 [Notes: English; tape reels and cassette; Publication: Bloomington, Minnesota : Normandale Community College. Contents: Tape 4 includes "American propaganda and World War II by David CULBERT. Notes: Symposium presented by Normandale Community College and the Minnesota Humanities Commission November 2-4, 1978. Concept of program originated from a photographic exhibit prepared at Normandale Community College by Steve Lassonde entitled "Why is your country at war? The Minnesota-Wisconsin homefront in the 20th century."]
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      John E. O'Connor and Martin A. Jackson, 1979, American history/American film: interpreting the Hollywood image, New York : Ungar, ISBN: 0804466165: 0804422635, LCCN: 78-4295, 290 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "Our awkward ally, Mission to Moscow" (1943) by David CULBERT.]
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      Leni Riefenstahl and David Holbrook CULBERT, 1980, Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the will, Frederick, Md. : University Publications of America, Inc. [Note: Introduction by David Culbert in English, remainder of text is photocopy of Hinter der kulissen die Reichsparteitag=films von Leni Reifenstahl, München : Zentralverlag der N & DAP, Franz Cher, 1935, in German.]
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      Robert A. Divine, 1981, Exploring the Johnson years, Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press, ISBN: 0292720319, LCCN: 81-2269, 280 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "Johnson and the media" by David CULBERT.]
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      John E. O'Connor and Erik Barnouw, 1983, American history, American television: interpreting the video past, New York: F. Ungar, ISBN: 0804426686: 0804466211 (paperback), LCCN: 83-4954, 420 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "Television's Nixon: the politician and his image" by David CULBERT.]
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      David Holbrook Culbert, 1983, "Television's Vietnam", Baton Rouge, LA : Video Park, Inc.
      [Notes: English; 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (120 min.), 3/4 in. + 1 guide. Abstract: A look at the Vietnamese Conflict (1961-1975) and how television broadcasting of battles, actions, etc. affected the political and military decisions made during the war. Narrator: David CULBERT]
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      Kenneth R. M. Short, 1983, Film & radio propaganda in World War II, 1st ed., Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ISBN: 0870493868, LCCN: 82-23838, 341 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "'Why we fight': social engineering for a democratic society at war" by David CULBERT.]
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      Nicholas Pronay and Keith M. Wilson, 1985, The Political re-education of Germany & her allies after World War II, Totowa, N.J.: Barnes & Noble Books, ISBN: 038920546X, LCCN: 84-24359, 257 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "American film policy in the re-education of Germany after 1945" by David CULBERT.]
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      Nicholas Pronay and Keith M. Wilson, 1985, The Political re-education of Germany & her allies after World War II, London : Croom Helm, ISBN: 0709920911, LCCN: 85-672642, 257 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "American film policy in the re-education of Germany after 1945" by David CULBERT.]
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      Winston Tabb, David Francis, Barbara Alice Ringer, and Frank Burke, 1996, "The Current state of American television and video preservation", LCCN: 96-702466. [Notes: English; 4 digital cassettes. Abstract: The proceedings of a public hearing on the current state of American television and video preservation, sponsored by the Library of Congress. Contents: Cassette 1: Opening speakers: Gerald George and George Stevens, Jr.; Educators: David CULBERT (International Association for Media & History - IAMHIST); Douglas Gomery (University of Maryland); Thomas Cripps (Morgan State University); Michael Crutin (Indiana University); and Thomas Doherty (Brandeis University) -- Cassette 2: Archives and Museums, panel A: Maxine Fleckner Ducey (AMIA) ; Cary O'Dell (Museum of Broadcast Communications); John Lynch (Vanderbilt Television News Archive); Robert Browning (Purdue Public Affairs Video Archives); Lynda Lee Kaid (Political Commercial Archive, University of Oklahoma) -- Cassette 3. Archives and Museums, panel B: Martin Gaston (the News Library, Veir, Inc.); Lisa Wood (University of Kentucky); Thomas Connors (National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland); and Paolo Cherchi-Suai (George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography); Broadcasters and production, Panel A: Barry Sherman (University of Georgia); William Jarvis (WETA-TV); David Liroff (WGBH-TV); Glenn Clatworthy (PBS); and Edward Coltman (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) -- Cassette 4: Broadcasters and production, Panel B: Elizabeth Sullivan (CNN); Peter Gardiner (Warner Bros.); and John Craddock (Home Box Office); Consultant: James Linder (Vidipax, Inc.)]
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      David Holbrook CULBERT, Richard E. Wood, and Lawrence H. Suid, 1990-1991, Film and propaganda in America: a documentary history, New York : Greenwood Press, 4v.; ISBN: 0313208581, LCCN: 88-38490
      [Notes: Contents: v. 1. World War I, edited by Richard Wood; v. 2. World War II, part 1, edited by David CULBERT; v. 3. World War II, part 2, edited by David CULBERT; v. 4. 1945 and after, edited by Lawrence H. Suid]
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      John Whiteclay Chambers and David Holbrook CULBERT, Eds., 1996, World War II, film, and history, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0195099664, 0195099672 (paperback), LCCN: 95-49890, 187 pp.
      [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "Kolberg : the Goebbels diaries and Poland's Kolobrzeg today" by David CULBERT. Book review available at Humanities and Social Sciences Online: http://www.h-net.org/review/hrev-a0a7c2-aa]
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      Patricia Rodden Zimmermann and Ruth Bradley, 1998, A festschrift in honor of Erik Barnouw, Athens, Ohio : Ohio University School of Film, ISSN: 0160-6840, 213 pp. [Notes: A series. Vol. 20, No. 2 (April 1998) includes "Erik Barnouw as mentor" by David CULBERT.]
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      David W. Ellwood, 2000, The movies as history: visions of the twentieth century, Stroud: Sutton, ISBN: 0750923318, 214 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "This Is the Army" by David CULBERT.]
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      Gary R. Edgerton and Peter C. Rollins, 2001, Television histories: shaping collective memory in the media age, Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ISBN: 0813121906, LCCN: 00-12272, 383 pp.
      [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "Memories of 1945 and 1963: American television coverage of the end of the Berlin Wall, November 9, 1989" by David CULBERT.]
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      Richard A. Etlin, 2002, Art, culture, and media under the Third Reich, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 0226220869 (alk. paper) 0226220877 (pbk.), LCCN: 2002-3089, 384 pp. [Note: contents includes a section entitled, "The impact of anti-Semitic film propaganda on German audiences: Jew Süss and The wandering Jew (1940)" by David CULBERT.]
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      Nicholas J. Cull, David Culbert & David Welch, "Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present"
      http://books-of-knowledge.blogspot.com/2008/12/download.html, viewed 8 Dec 2008 [17]
    • David Culbert told CA: "In part I have been fascinated by visual and aural images precisely because I never had a single teacher right through my doctoral adviser who placed any emphasis on visual materials or believed that such things would enhance one's learning. In fact, field trips were banned after the fourth grade on the grounds that it could not be proved that they were more educational than sitting in the classroom. I suppose I must want to prove my many wonderful teachers wrong though they have armed me with an immense amount of skepticism about inflated claims for the impact of media and the amazing results that may accrue from using media. My particular obsession is to gauge the impact of aural and visual media on political decision-making, the area that we know the least about in comparison with such things as whether people learn from media or the impact of media on children. In retrospect, the reason I found the subject so fascinating has to do with music. In playing the organ, the duration of sound--the distance between sounds--is as important to musical understanding as the sound. I think I liked Edward Murrow's radio broadcasts because, as I argued in my first book, he was essentially a musician of the spoken word, understanding how the distance between words can enhance meaning. My continuing fascination with music explains my interest in nonverbal forms of communication. And the interest in film and television allows my background in music some obvious scope in terms of soundtrack research. I feel the presumed impact of television is greatly exaggerated. If the students I teach are part of a video generation, they are utterly unable to express in words what they see. I must stress the visual part of any film they see because they cannot express in words what they see. Students never look at photographs in textbooks because they assume 'it won't be on the exam.' Just relaxing and watching television is not the same as being able to explain what one has seen. Historians are very reluctant to use nonprint materials in their research. Bringing aural and visual materials into historical explanation is one of the major changes that may occur in my lifetime (if I live long enough). I suppose I love propaganda because of the game involved in the efforts of one person to trick another. The subject is fascinating, but the implicit chicanery is what makes the subject so appealing. There is little real difference between advertising, education, and propaganda. Many Americans continue to believe that propaganda is something to be associated with Goebbels; they certainly don't associate it as a potent force in their own lives. Nobody is exposed to more propaganda than we Americans with our round-the-clock advertising culture."
      AWARDS
      Grant from Newberry Library's Institute in Quantitative Family and Community History, 1975; grants from Rockefeller Foundation, 1979, 1981, Lyndon Johnson Foundation, 1979, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980-81, Earhart Foundation, 1980, American Council of Learned Societies, 1982, British Academy, 1982, and Province of Bologna, 1983; fellow of W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 1981-1983; Erik Barnouw Award, Association of American Historians, 1986, for film "Huey Long."
      CAREER
      Co-producer with Peter Rollins of film "Television's Vietnam: The Impact of Visual Images," Humanitas Films, 1982, revised version broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service Television (PBS-TV), 1986; director of historical research and associate producer of film "Huey Long," broadcast on PBS- TV. Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, 1976-77, guest scholar, 1978; fellow at National Humanities Institute, Yale University, 1977-78; member of American Film Institute's advisory council on the use of film in education; judge at Connecticut Film Festival, 1977, and American Film Festival, 1978; public speaker in the United States and abroad, including television appearances.
      WRITING
      1976 - News for Everyman: Radio and Foreign Affairs in Thirties America, Greenwood Press
      1980 - Mission to Moscow: The Feature Film as Official Propaganda (annotated film script), University of Wisconsin Press
      1986 - Triumph of the Will: A Documentary History, University Publications of America
      1987 - Information Control and Propaganda: Records of the Office of War Information, University Publications of America, Part 1: The Director's Central Files; Part 2: Office of Policy Coordination, Series A: Propaganda and Policy Directives for Overseas Programs, 1942-1945
      CONTRIBUTOR
      1976 - David E. Kyvig, editor, FDR's America, Forum Press
      1978 - William Adams and Fay Schreibman, editors, Television Network News: Issues in Content Research, George Washington University Press
      1980 - Bonnie G. Rowan, editor, Scholars' Guide to Washington D.C. Film and Video Collections, Smithsonian Institution Press
      1983 - Peter Rollins, editor, Hollywood as Historian, University Press of Kentucky
      1987 - Robert A. Divine, editor, Exploring the Johnson Years, University of Kansas Press
      Member of editorial board of Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television.
      WORKS IN PROGRESS (2001)
      With Martin Loiperdinger, Nazi Cinema Propaganda and the Riefenstahl Myth, for Cambridge University Press.
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    • David Culbert, LSU's John L. Loos professor of history, is a man of many books and many interests. His bookshelves are filled with volumes on Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, mass media, propaganda and 20th-century American history - his professional areas of interest. However, his library also contains a number of rare books Culbert and his wife, Lubna, have collected over the past 30 or so years. These are works of fine printing of the 19th and 20th centuries. "Fine printing means a book that may not only have a good text but may also have superb illustrations or photographs," David Culbert said. "The way it is printed and bound makes it a work of art." Generally these books are published in very limited numbers. Few people will ever see them. "The overwhelming majority of people in the United States and in Britain have never looked at an example of fine printing," Culbert said. "That's because they are usually locked up." LSU has a collection of fine printing that is kept under lock and key. One example in Culbert's collection is a work by Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. It was published in 1894 by William Morris' Kelmscott Press. Morris used only the finest paper, ink and vellum and employed the best illustrators for his books. Culbert's book contains ornate illustrations and lavish borders. "The vellum is still clean. The pages are essentially brand new," Culbert said. "One thing about a rare book, if it is in this condition, if it is not dog-eared and has not been read by 100 people, it exists as an artifact." Culbert purchased the book from an elderly book dealer on Cecil Court in London. The one-block street is filled with rare and antiquarian bookstores. The book is protected in a case the Culberts had made for it by Monique Lallier, a fine bookbinder. "If you have a valuable book and want to provide some extra protection, you should have a case made," David Culbert said. "This is a case with a leather spine, and outside of a serious fire, this book is going to continue to stay in excellent shape." Kelmscott books are still available, but they are very expensive, "unless they have been used as doorstops or to hold up a stable door," Culbert said with a smile. "In real estate, it's location, location, location. With books, it's condition, condition, condition."
      First interest
      Culbert first became interested in rare books when he saw a 1941 signed limited-edition volume of photographs done by photographer Clarence John Laughlin. Laughlin's most famous book, "Ghosts Along the Mississippi," was published in 1948. The book that whetted Culbert's interest was "New Orleans and Its Living Past." It belonged to John Palmer, former business manager of the original Southern Review, LSU's highly regarded literary journal. Palmer had acquired the book when he was editor of the Sewanee Review. "I had to buy a copy of the book," said Culbert, who had once met Laughlin at Yale, where Culbert was teaching at the time. In 1978, after Culbert had taken a position at LSU, Laughlin was invited to give a lecture in Baton Rouge. The lecture was an important evening for Culbert, because it was the first date he had with his wife, Lubna. Her interest in rare books complements her husband's. David Culbert did find his copy of the book by Laughlin, whose entire library of 30,000 books was later acquired by LSU. Another treasure in Culbert's library is the 1914 limited edition of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," one of 500 copies signed by illustrator Kay Nielsen. Nielsen went to Hollywood and did the sketches for "The Night on Bald Mountain" sequence in Walt Disneyís "Fantasia." "I wrote to Blackwell's (Rare Books) in London. They had a copy, and I paid a stiff price for it," he said. Culbert's investment in the book has paid off. "This is a cult item, one of those books that continues to appreciate in value," said Culbert, who has seen copies online for up to $50,000.
      Other treasures
      Culbert's library includes an exceptional two-volume set of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliverís Travels," illustrated by Rex Whistler, who personally colored the full-page engravings. The work, published in 1929, is one of 190 numbered copies. "Not only did he do the engraved plates, but he also did the individual hand carving for each one of the plates," said Culbert, who purchased the book at the same bookstore on Cecil Court where he purchased the Laughlin book. Whistler was killed in Normandy in 1944. One of the Culbert's favorites is his three-volume set of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," produced by Lakeside Press in 1930. The volumes, presented in an aluminum case, are illustrated by Rockwell Kent, who was often confused with Norman Rockwell, known for his Saturday Evening Post illustrations. Culbert recently found a 1936 copy of "The Colophon, A Book Collectors' Quarterly," in which Kent contributed an essay explaining in a humorous way why he should change his name, as he was always being "credited" with Saturday Evening Post covers. In a second essay in the publication, Norman Rockwell responded that he was tired of being taken for the artist who illustrated "Moby Dick." Copies of the Rockwell Kent-illustrated "Moby Dick" are available online for $18,000. However, Culbert seldom purchases rare books through the Internet. "I have to buy lots of books for teaching at LSU for stuff I need to keep up in my field," he said. "I frequently buy those online, but not often rare books." Occasionally the Culberts find treasures in their travels. "I have a friend who is a very smart book collector," David Culbert said. "He says he never goes looking for a book, but he says that when he goes to a city, he finds a good bookshop so he can see what's there." Culbert says the best way to find "genuinely rare books" is to go to the two or three antiquarian book fairs held each year in New York, Boston or San Francisco. "Maybe 200 or more of the best book dealers from all over the world pay a stiff fee to rent space at these events," David Culbert said. Last spring, the Culberts attended a book fair in Berkeley, Calif., with booths from more than 400 dealers in fine printing. The number of dealers was so overwhelming that the Culberts decided to split up to cover the fair. "Both of us individually found Russell Maret," David Culbert said. He was working on a book of lettering, which Culbert purchased before he even saw the completed work. He now happily owns Number 2 of 44 in the limited edition. David Culbert's collecting has put him in fine company. He is the only Louisiana member of the Grolier Club of New York, the oldest book club in America. Membership in the organization, founded in 1884, is limited to serious collectors. Potential members must be introduced with three letters of recommendation from other collectors and must submit to a personal interview from the club's membership committee. Culbert was recently elected chairman of FABS, the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, an umbrella organization with 32 constituent clubs in America and some 15 affiliated clubs in other countries. Among the FABS activities are annual tours of libraries and homes of private collectors. Culbert grew up in Arlington, Va. He holds degrees in organ performance and European history from Oberlin College in Ohio as well as a doctorate in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He came to LSU in the fall of 1971. For the past 30 years, he has been "moonlighting" as organist and choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church. The Culberts are actively involved in the city's academic and social communities. "When I came to LSU, I had no idea I was going to spend the rest of my life in Baton Rouge," he said with a smile. [19]
    • David H. Culbert
      John L. Loos Professor
      250H Himes Hall
      578-4503
      dhculbert@aol.com
      COURSES TAUGHT:
      America Since 1945
      Honors Seminar on Nazi Germany & the Holocaust
      Survey American History Since 1865
      Graduate Readings Seminar, America Since 1900
      Graduate Research Seminar
      Graduate Seminar in 20th Century Propaganda
      CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:
      Mass Media & Propaganda; Nazi Germany and Propaganda; 20th century American history
      INTERESTED IN DIRECTING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS ON:
      20th century American history--cultural, political, mass media and propaganda
      BRIEF VITA
      Education:
      B.A. German History, Oberlin College B.Mus. Organ Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
      Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
      Ph.D. in American History, Northwestern University, Evanston
      Awards and Honors:
      Fellow, Wilson Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Inst.
      Fellow, National Humanities Center, Yale U.
      Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
      Who's Who in the World
      Who's Who in America
      About Propaganda and Mass Persuasion
      Books:
      News for Everyman: Radio and Foreign Affairs in Thirties America (Greenwood, 1976)
      Mission to Moscow (U. Wisconsin Press, 1980)
      Editor-in-Chief, Film and Propaganda in America: A Documentary History (6,500 pp.; 5 vols., Greenwood, 1990-1993)
      Co-editor, World War II, Film and History (Oxford UP, 1996)
      Co-editor, Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present (ABC-Clio, 2003)
      Editor and Translator, English-language facsimile edition of Leni Riefenstahl's Behind the Scenes of the National Party Convention Film (International Historic Films, Inc. 2010)
      Editor, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 1992 to present (Quarterly, published in Oxford, UK) [20]
    • David H. Culbert
      John L. Loos Professor
      250H Himes Hall
      578-4503
      dhculbert@aol.com

      COURSES TAUGHT:
      America Since 1945
      Honors Seminar on Nazi Germany & the Holocaust
      Survey American History Since 1865
      Graduate Readings Seminar, America Since 1900
      Graduate Research Seminar
      Graduate Seminar in 20th Century Propaganda

      CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

      Mass Media & Propaganda; Nazi Germany and Propaganda; 20th century American history

      INTERESTED IN DIRECTING THESES AND DISSERTATIONS ON:

      20th century American history–cultural, political, mass media and propaganda

      BRIEF VITA
      Education:
      B.A. German History, Oberlin College B.Mus. Organ Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
      Ph.D. in American History, Northwestern University, Evanston

      Awards and Honors:
      Fellow, Wilson Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Inst.
      Fellow, National Humanities Center, Yale U.
      Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton
      Who’s Who in the World
      Who’s Who in America

      Books:
      News for Everyman: Radio and Foreign Affairs in Thirties America (Greenwood, 1976)
      Mission to Moscow (U. Wisconsin Press, 1980)
      Editor-in-Chief, Film and Propaganda in America: A Documentary History (6,500 pp.; 5 vols., Greenwood, 1990-1993)
      Co-editor, World War II, Film and History (Oxford UP, 1996)
      Co-editor, Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present (ABC-Clio, 2003)
      Editor and Translator, English-language facsimile edition of Leni Riefenstahl’s Behind the Scenes of the National Party Convention Film(International Historic Films, Inc. 2010)
      Editor, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 1992 to present (Quarterly, published in Oxford, UK) [21]

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