Alan Zelick Trachtenberg (March 22, 1932 – August 18, 2020) was an American historian and the Neil Gray Jr. Professor of English and professor emeritus of American Studies at Yale University
Born in Philadelphia
, Trachtenberg attended Temple University, and earned his Ph.D.
in American Studies
at the University of Minnesota
, writing his dissertation on the Brooklyn Bridge in American literature.
Trachtenberg taught at Penn State
for eight years, then spent a year at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
, before joining the faculty at Yale in 1969.
He resided in Hamden
, Connecticut with his wife Betty (née Glassman), pianist and college administrator, was Dean of Students at Yale University
from 1987 to 2007.
Trachtenberg's landmark 1990 book, ''Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady
to Walker Evans
– A Study of American Photography from 1839 to 1938'', won the Charles C. Eldredge
Prize that year.
* ''Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas,'' Hill and Wang, 2007, .
* ''Shades of Hiawatha: Staging Indians, Making Americans, 1880-1930'', Hill and Wang, 2004, .
* ''Distinctly American: The Photography of Wright Morris'' (with Ralph Lieberman) exh. cat. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Merrill, 2002. .
* ''Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans'', Hill and Wang, 1990, .
* ''The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age'', Hill and Wang, 1982, .
* ''Hart Crane, A Collection of Critical Essays''. Prentice-Hall, 1982. .
* ''Classic Essays in Photography'' (editor), Leetes Island Books, 1981, .
* ''Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol'', University Of Chicago Press, 1965, .
External links''The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age''
by Walker Evans, 1974, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Tribute
in the online ''Yale News'', August 18, 2020.
Category:Writers from Philadelphia
Category:University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts alumni
Category:Yale University faculty
Category:20th-century American historians
Category:American academics of English literature
category:Jewish American historians
Category:Historians of photography