Dr. Curtis received his Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University in 1967, taught three years at the University of Texas at Austin and came to the University of Delaware in 1970. During his thirty-three years at Delaware, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American History and American Studies. He also directed the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture from 1974-76 and 1986-2003. Dr. Curtis received the University’s excellence in teaching award in 1976 and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his work in visual history. He helped found the History Media Center at the University that created a large slide and film library for use in History department courses. He has published four books, the last of which, Discriminating Views, is the basis for his program Documentary Photography and Japanese American Internment.
After retirement from the University of Delaware in 2003, Dr. Curtis and his wife Susan moved from Wilmington to Lewes, where they have been very active in local literary and historical activities, particularly in the founding and operation of Lewes’ History Book Festival.