John Little, retired associate editor/research associate at Princeton University on The Papers of Woodrow Wilson and The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, died peacefully at home March 17, 2019, after a long illness. He was 84.
Little graduated from Harvard in 1957, and earned a master’s from Michigan. He then earned a master’s degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1966, both in history from Princeton.
While writing his dissertation, Little joined the Wilson papers project as a “searcher” in 1961, going through “seemingly endless boxes” of Wilson materials at the Library of Congress and the National Archives. In 1964, he began working fulltime as an editorial assistant and ended 34 years on the Wilson Papers as an associate editor.
Under the direction of Professor Arthur Link, the Princeton University Press published the Wilson Papers from 1966 to 1994. From 1996 until 2015, Little was a research associate with The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, contributing to volumes 28 to 43, also published by Princeton University Press.
Little was predeceased in 2001 by his wife of 35 years, Rosemary, and is buried next to her in Princeton Cemetery.
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