Scope and Content Note
The RICHARD A. NEWHALL PAPERS, 1910-1973, consists of essays, lectures, sermons, correspondence, and teaching materials relating to the personal and professional life of Richard A. Newhall. The essays span Newhall?s years both at the University of Minnesota and Harvard, as well as those writings he composed as a faculty member at Williams College. Correspondence consists of letters from family members, students, friends, and colleagues. The collection is comprised of four series.
Series I. Education, 1910-1930, contains materials from Newhall?s time in primary school, the University of Minnesota, and his graduate years at Harvard. Included are diplomas, essays, and other miscellaneous materials.
Series II. Professional, ca.1926-1968, contains materials related to Newhall?s career as a professor and historian and documents his teaching and other administrative roles at Williams. This series includes materials from Williams, the Berkshire Series, and a collection of research notes, and is divided into four subseries: Sermons, lectures, and speeches; Teaching and Institutional materials; The Berkshire Series and other writing; and Research notes regarding Medieval European history. These materials are arranged chronologically.
Series III. Correspondence, 1903-1973, includes the letters sent and received by Richard and Elizabeth Newhall. The first subseries is comprised of correspondence with members of the Newhall family. Family correspondence is organized in alphabetical order by first name in the case of the same surname, and by surname for other relatives with different surnames. The second subseries is comprised of correspondence with colleagues, friends, and students from Newhall?s stay at Harvard, his service in France during World War I, and while teaching at Williams. The bulk of this correspondence subseries is organized in alphabetical order by surname unless the surname of the correspondent is unknown. Appended are letters regarding his Plattsburgh service, politics, and Williams students. Newhall?s political correspondence includes letters from various democratic organizations, the United States Senate, the White House and Congress, friends and colleagues regarding political issues and his defense of Soviet Russia, McCarthyism, and the League to Enforce Peace. The Williams College faculty folders contain letters of a professional or personal nature from Newhall?s Williams colleagues and other colleagues in the field of History.
Series IV. Miscellaneous Personal and Professional Materials, 1911-1973, is divided into four subseries: Medical materials, Photographs, Miscellaneous, and Artifacts. The photographs include photos taken by members of the Newhall family in Minnesota as well as Richard Newhall?s friends both in the U.S. and in Europe during the war. The artifact subseries includes dog tags from WWI, passports and certificates, a coffee grinder to Newhall from the class of 1929 (?To Our First and Only Honorary Member?), and ration booklets. The materials in this series are arranged chronologically.