William & Mary | Earl Gregg Swem Library Special Collections Database


Boswell, John E. (1947-1994)

Boswell, John E. (1947-1994)
Historical Note
John E. Boswell went to Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia, where he graduated in 1965 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 1969. After he left the College, Boswell attended Harvard University and received both his Master of Arts and PHD degreees in History in 1971 and 1975, respectively. Boswell began to teach at Yale University in 1975 and by 1982, was named the youngest tenured professor in the history of Yale University. He received the National Book Award for his publication of "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe From the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century." in 1981. John E. Boswell died due to the complications with AIDS on December 24, 1994 in New Haven, Connecticuit at the age of 47. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/John E. Boswell.

"John E. Boswell, 47, Historian Of Medieval Gay Culture, Dies," <i>New York Times</i>, 25 December 1994, accessed on 6 June 2011.  

Boswell, John E. University Archives Faculty-Alumni File Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Note Author

By this creator

Records or Manuscript Collections
John E. Boswell Collection, 1980-2009