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Warfield Creath Richardson papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-1194

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists primarily of Richardson's literary output, dating from 1842 to 1914. Included are poems, short stories, essays, plays, and lectures in handwritten and printed drafts, proof sheets, pamphlets, and clippings. There is also a small collection of letters. It contains a letter from Henry Wordsworth Longfellow and two from Thomas M. Owen.

Dates

  • 1842-1937

Biographical/Historical note

Warfield Creath Richardson, fourth child of Thomas Gaines and Sarah Perry Richardson, was born in Maysville, Kentucky, June 23, 1823. While a boy he attended the Rand and Richeson Academy at Maysville, where he was for a time a school mate of Ulysses S. Grant. In 1837 his father moved to Alabama, and two years later enrolled his three sons in The University of Alabama. All three graduated with high honors--Warfield Richardson in 1843. He received a PhD in 1878 from the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Auburn, Alabama and a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1906. On November 16, 1855, Richardson married Kate Jones (1833-1911), daughter of Rev. John C. and Mary Ann Walker Jones of Williamsburg, Va. She was a sister of Richard C. Jones, a president of the University of Alabama. They had a son, Clement W. Richardson (1859-1874) Dr. Richardson worked in many capacities. From 1851-1855 he was principal of the Wilcox, Alabama Male Academy. He was a professor of natural science at Centenary Institute, Summerfield, Alabama, 1855-1862 and a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Alabama, 1864-1865. From 1866 to 1868 he served as president of the Tuscaloosa Female College. He then returned to his alma mater as acting professor of Greek, 1876-1877. In 1877 he was also an adjunct professor of English literature and an instructor in mineralogy and geology. At one point he was manager of the Dixie School Agency. He wrote many literary works and also delivered numerous commencement, temperance, Sunday school, and political speeches. He made many drafts before he was content with his compositions, and he seems to have kept every scrap of paper. Richardson died in 1914.

Extent

2.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of Richardson's literary output, dating from 1842 to 1914. Included are poems, short stories, essays, plays, and lectures in handwritten and printed drafts, proof sheets, pamphlets, and clippings. There is also a small collection of letters. It contains a letter from Henry Wordsworth Longfellow and two from Thomas M. Owen.

Provenance

Gift of Belle M. Chennault (Mrs. John), 1978.

General

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Title
Guide to the Warfield Creath Richardson papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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