Charlotte Erickson

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Charlotte Erickson
Charlotte Erickson, 1978
Charlotte Erickson, 1978
Born(1923-10-22)October 22, 1923
DiedJuly 9, 2008(2008-07-09) (aged 84)
Alma materLondon School of Economics
Cornell University
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisThe recruitment of European immigrant labor for American industry from 1860 to 1885 (1952)

Charlotte J. Erickson (October 22, 1923 in Oak Park, Illinois – July 9, 2008 in Cambridge) was an American historian.[1]


Erickson was born in Oak Park, Illinois a suburb of Chicago, where her father was a Swedish Lutheran minister, she graduated from Augustana College at Rock Island, Illinois in 1945, and from Cornell University with a MA and a PhD.

In 1944, when she attended the summer seminar of the Institute of World Affairs, she studied at the London School of Economics, between 1948 and 1950, under the guidance of Professor T.S. Ashton and under Professor David Glass. In 1950 to 1952, she taught at Vassar College.

She returned to England in 1952 to marry Louis Watt; they had two sons, Tom and David; but their marriage was dissolved in 1992.

In 1976–78, she was Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. In 1982, she was the Paul Mellon chair of American History at Cambridge University.



  • American Industry and the European Immigrant, 1860-5, Harvard University Press, 1957
  • British industrialists: steel and hosiery, 1850-1950 University Press, 1960
  • Invisible Immigrants: the adaptation of English and Scottish immigrants in 19th-century America London School of Economics and Political Science; Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972, ISBN 9780297994688
  • Leaving England: essays on British emigration in the nineteenth century, Cornell University Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-8014-2820-3


  1. ^ "Professor Charlotte Erickson: Meticulous historian of migration", The Independent, Negley Harte, July 16, 2008

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