Robert K. Richardson papers
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17 Linear Feet (39 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Modified from: unknown newspaper clipping, article by Walter Strong.
Robert K. Richardson, 1876-1952, was as a professor of history at Beloit College from 1901 until his retirement in 1947. He continued to be active in college affairs after his retirement as Professor Emeritus, however. Over the course of his education, he attended the Hotchkiss School, Yale, and Columbia, receiving his doctorate from Yale in 1902.
Richardson married twice over the course of his life, leaving no children. In 1903 he married Bessie Clark Perkins who later died in 1936. He married Helen L. Drew in 1940, a professor at Rockford College who became active in Beloit College activities, even serving as an English professor for a while.
In addition to being a beloved teacher and prolific writer, Richardson also took on the role of college archivist and historian. He held this post after retirement, and received help from his wife, Helen, in managing the collections. Richardson created the Beloit College Archives in 1920. After the death of Helen Brace Emerson, Richardson was informed by a historian from Janesville about a collection of letters in the Emerson house, which he immediately transported to his house. Since then, the collection has moved several times.
Beyond his many activities in the college he also had other interests. He served as the president for the Wisconsin State Historical Society from 1946 to 1949 and as curator for more than 25 years. Many of his articles were also published in the Historical Society's bulletins. He joined the First Congregational Church in 1903 and served there in many capacities. He was also a charter member of the Lions Club of Beloit and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
- Beloit College--Buildings
- Beloit College--History
- Blaisdell, J. J. (James Joshua), 1827-1896
- Chamberlin, Thomas C. (Thomas Chrowder), 1843-1928
- Chapin, Aaron L. (Aaron Lucius), 1817-1892
- Collie, George L. (George Lucius), b. 1857
- Eaton, Edward Dwight, 1851-1942
- Pearsons, D. K. (Daniel Kimball), 1820-1912
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Richardson, Helen L. D.
- Richardson, Robert Kimball, 1876-1952
- State Historical Society of Wisconsin
- Robert K. Richardson papers
- Alice Mitchell'13
- March, 2013
- Language of description