C. Hartley Grattan

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C. Hartley Grattan
C. Hartley Grattan, N.Y.
Born(1902-10-19)October 19, 1902
DiedJune 25, 1980(1980-06-25) (aged 77)
Occupation(s)Economic analyst, historian, critic, professor emeritus
Known for20th-century Australian history expert

Clinton Hartley Grattan (October 19, 1902 – June 25, 1980) was an American economic analyst, historian, critic, and professor emeritus, who was considered one of the leading American authorities on 20th-century Australian history.[1][2]


Born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in 1902, Grattan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University (Worcester, MA) in 1923.[1] In 1937, Grattan traveled to Australia as a Carnegie traveling scholar where he remained for two years.[3] While studying and presenting there he provoked the ire of the Ministry for Agriculture when he stated that Australian farmers were ill-prepared to weather sudden economic downturns.[4] This would not be Grattan's only brush with controversy. In 1942, Grattan was forced to resign as economic analyst to the American Board of Economic Warfare when Representatives Martin Dies Jr. and Jerry Voorhis accused him of being both a Nazi and communist sympathizer; allegations that were withdrawn by Voorhis a short time later.[5][6] Grattan began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin in 1964.[1] It is the Austin campus which houses the Grattan Collection of Southwest Pacifica, considered the most complete collection of such items in the United States containing artifacts from Australia as well as New Zealand, Antarctica, and the Pacific Islands.[1]

In addition to his work as an analyst and historian, Grattan was also a freelance writer who published articles and critiques in such magazines as The American Mercury, Harper's and Scribner's. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Australian National University in 1977.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Grattan was married and had four children.[7]



  • Why We Fought (1929)
  • Bitter Bierce: A Mystery of American Letters (1929)
  • The Critique of Humanism (1930)
  • The Three Jameses (1932)
  • The Deadly Parallel (1939)
  • The United States and the Southwest Pacific (1961)

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
1967 Grattan, C. Hartley (December 1967). "[Book review]". Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. 53 (4): 353–355. Clark, C. M. H.; Shaw, A. G. L., eds. (1967). Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 2: 1788-1850, I-Z. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.


  1. ^ a b c d e "In Memoriam - C. Hartley Grattan". November 17, 2000. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "Books: Down Under". Time. January 5, 1942. Archived from the original on November 13, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "American Author's Research". The Canberra Times. March 6, 1937. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "American's Advice Resented by Minister for Agriculture". The Canberra Times. July 21, 1937. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Freed of Charge: Disloyal Accusation Withdrawn". The Canberra Times. April 20, 1942. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Edifying Episodes". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. April 10, 1942. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "Rearing Children "A Creative Job"". The Sydney Morning Herald. January 24, 1960.

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