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Donated by Professor Kathleen Verduin from the estate of her late husband, Leslie J. Workman (1927-2001). Alice P. Kenney (1938-1985) grew up in Albany, New York, receiving her B. A. from Middlebury College and earning both her M. A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. In 1961, she joined the Department of History at Cedar Crest College. Throughout her career, Kenney studied seventeenth-century Dutch-American culture. Her best-known books include The Gansevoorts of Albany: Dutch Patricians in the Upper Hudson Valley (1969) and Stubborn for Liberty: The Dutch in New York (1975). Severely handicapped by an arthritic condition in her later years, Kenney also published Access to the Past: Museum Programs and Facilities Accessible to Disabled Persons (1980). Her NEH-supported survey of Dutch-American museums took her to Holland in 1971. The Alice P. Kenney Papers (1961-1976) include correspondence, poems, unpublished professional papers, and publications in The New York Historical Society Quarterly, New York History, and De Halve Maen. Kenney was an associate professor of history at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a noted historian on the history of the Hudson Valley Dutch.


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