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1888 (June 12) Born to Harry and Elizabeth Newhall, in Minneapolis, fifth of six children
1911 Receives a Master?s degree in History, from the University of Minnesota and a scholarship to continue graduate work at Harvard in the fall; spends summer in an ROTC training camp
1914 -15 Spends a year doing historical research in England and France on a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard
1916 Spends summer at Army Training Camp in Plattsburg, New York
1917 Receives Ph.D from Harvard, awarded the Toppan prize for his dissertation; volunteers for officer?s training in U.S. army, is commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon completion of course at Plattsburg; sent overseas with A.E.F. to France
1918 As 2nd Lieutenant, 1 st Division, 28th Infantry, L Company, is severely wounded, May 28, at Cantigny, France. Awarded two silver stars and bronze cluster for bravery under fire. While recuperating works for Committee of Public Information in Washington, D.C.
1919 Appointed to teach and direct History 1 at Harvard. Marries Elizabeth Howe Bliss on June 21. Becomes instructor in history at Yale University in September
1920 Daughter, Jane Newhall, born in New Haven, Connecticut
1922 Son, Roger Howe Newhall, born 1918, adopted in 1922
1924 Publishes his dissertation, The English Conquest of Normandy 1416-1424, A Study in 15th Century Warfare with Yale Historical Publications; in May, appointed professor of History at Williams College
1927-69 Works on a series of volumes for classroom teaching, the Berkshire Studies in European History, 31 volumes long
1930-31 Wins Guggenheim Fellowship and, on leave from Williams, spends a year doing research in England and France
1933 Son, Daniel Laurence Newhall, born in 1930, adopted in 1933
1943 At Williams? February Commencement, receives honorary degree of Litt. D
1945 Receives appointment as consultant for the Historical Section of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
1953 Publishes The Chronicle of Jean de Venette (Columbia U. Press), translated by Jean Birdsall, edited by Newhall, who wrote the introduction and the notes
1956 Retires from Williams College; at their meeting in May, Trustees vote him Brow Professor of History, Emeritus
1956-57 Teaches for a year at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, under the auspices of the John Hay Whitney program for retired professors
1958-61 Teaches 7th and 8th grade European history at Pine Cobble, a private school in Williamstown
1962-67 Teaches an Advanced Placement course in European History to students at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown
1972 Awarded an honorary degree of LL.D. at the May commencement of the University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
1973 Dies on June 18

Richard A. Newhall (1888-1973) Papers, 1910-1973

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