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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bessie Louise Pierce  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: Michigan

Died: October 3, 1974


-- Bessie Louise Pierce on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=bessie+louise++pierce


Illinois Connection

Professor of History, University of Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

Bessie Pierce devoted 44 of her 86 years to writing a history of Chicago. A native of rural Michigan, she earned degrees at the University of Iowa, and then taught there. In 1929 pierce was recruited by the University of Chicago to examine the city from the standpoints of all the major social-science disciplines, including historyand to write the volumes.


Published Works

  • As Others See Chicago, Impressions of Visitors 1673-1933, University of Chicago Press, 1933
  • A History of Chicago, The Beginning of a City 1673-1848, Volume I, University of Chicago Press, 1937
  • A History of Chicago, From Town to City, 1848-1871, Volume II, University of Chicago Press, 1940
  • A History of Chicago, The Rise of a Modern City, 1871-1893, Volume III, University of Chicago Press, 1957


Selected Titles At Your Library

A history of Chicago /
ISBN: 0226668398. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2007, ©1957.

A history of Chicago /
ISBN: 0226668401. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2007, ©1957.

A history of Chicago /
ISBN: 0226668428. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2007, ©1957.


Awards

Distinguished Service Award in 1959 for the three volume

History of Chicago

series.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)