Gloria L. Main

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Gloria L. Main
BornGloria Jean Lund
California, US
💼 Occupation
Economic historian
👩 Spouse(s)
Jackson Turner Main
(m. 1956; died 2003)
👶 Children3

Gloria Lund Main (née Lund; born 1933) is an American economic historian who is a professor emeritus of history at University of Colorado Boulder. She authored two books about the Thirteen Colonies.


Gloria Jean Lund was born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lund of Mount Hermon, California.[1][2] She graduated from Analy High School.[3] Lund completed her bachelor's degree at San Jose State College (now San Jose State University).[1] She was an economics graduate student at University of California, Berkeley where she was the only female graduate student. In 1956, Lund paused her studies to marry her former undergraduate professor, Jackson Turner Main, a grandson of historian Frederick Jackson Turner.[4][2] After their three children were school aged, she earned a M.A. from Stony Brook University.[1]

Influenced by her husband's field of study, Main completed a Ph.D. in American history at Columbia University.[5] Her 1972 dissertation on personal wealth in the Thirteen Colonies was the basis of her first book.[6] She applies her economics training to her studies of colonial time periods. After a few years of lecturing part time in the New York area, Main joined the faculty at University of Colorado Boulder. As of 2015, she is a professor emeritus.[5]

Selected works[edit]


  • Main, Gloria Lund (1982). Tobacco Colony: Life in Early Maryland, 1650–1720. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-04693-8. OCLC 1012073027. Search this book on Logo.png[7]
  • Main, Gloria L. (2001). Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Cultures in Colonial New England. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-00628-7. OCLC 1170133235. Search this book on Logo.png[8]


  • Main, Gloria L. (1975). "Probate Records as a Source for Early American History". The William and Mary Quarterly. 32 (1): 89–99. doi:10.2307/1922595. JSTOR 1922595.
  • Main, Gloria L. (1994). "Gender, Work, and Wages in Colonial New England". The William and Mary Quarterly. 51 (1): 39–66. doi:10.2307/2947004. JSTOR 2947004.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Gloria Main Earns Doctorate". Santa Cruz Sentinel. 1972-12-05. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-01-05 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Vital Statistics: Marriage Licenses Issued". The Times. 1956-06-16. p. 9. Retrieved 2021-01-05 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Do you know where these people are?". Sonoma West Times and News. 1976-04-22. p. 2. Retrieved 2021-01-05 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Obituary for Jackson Turner Main, 1917-2003". Wisconsin State Journal. 2003-10-26. p. 49. Retrieved 2021-01-05 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pasquale, Cynthia (2015-08-06). "Five questions for Gloria Main". CU Connections. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  6. Main, Gloria L (1972). Personal wealth in colonial American; explorations in the use of probate records from Maryland and Massachusetts, 1650-1720 (Ph.D. thesis). New York: Columbia University. OCLC 79985693.
  7. Reviews of Tobacco Colony:
  8. Reviews of Peoples of a Spacious Land:
    • Bloch, Ruth H. (2003). Journal of Marriage and Family. 65 (4): 1082–1083. ISSN 0022-2445. JSTOR 3599913.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Crane, Elaine Forman (2002). The American Historical Review. 107 (4): 1221. doi:10.1086/532715. ISSN 0002-8762.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Ferguson, Megan C. (2005). Journal of American Studies. 39 (2): 330–331. doi:10.1017/S0021875805420216. ISSN 0021-8758.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Flynn, David T. (2002). The Journal of Economic History. 62 (2): 613–615. ISSN 0022-0507. JSTOR 2698220.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Games, Alison (2003). Social History. 28 (3): 418–420. ISSN 0307-1022. JSTOR 4287025.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Häberlein, Mark (2005). Amerikastudien / American Studies. 50 (3): 541–542. ISSN 0340-2827. JSTOR 41158175.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Kaplan, Catherine O. (2003). The Historian. 65 (4): 1009–1010. ISSN 0018-2370. JSTOR 24452478.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Lombard, Anne S. (2002). Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. 100 (2): 207–209. ISSN 0023-0243. JSTOR 23384694.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Silverman, David J. (2002). The New England Quarterly. 75 (4): 688–693. doi:10.2307/1559874. ISSN 0028-4866. JSTOR 1559874.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Smith, S. D. (2002). The Economic History Review. 55 (3): 587. ISSN 0013-0117. JSTOR 3091705.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher (July 2002). "New England's population bomb". William and Mary Quarterly. 59 (3): 725–728. doi:10.2307/3491473. JSTOR 3491473.
    • Zuckerman, Michael (2002). The Journal of American History. 89 (2): 610–611. doi:10.2307/3092190. ISSN 0021-8723. JSTOR 3092190.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)

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