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MS Eng 1811

Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979. I. A. Richards papers, circa 1930s-1970s (MS Eng 1811): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Eng 1811
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979
Title: I. A. Richards papers
Date(s): circa 1930s-1970s
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of materials: Materials are in English.
Abstract: The collection consists of I. A. Richards papers, primarily concerning teaching Basic English and his work in China.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

84M-50. Unknown source, 1984.

Processing Information:

Houghton Manuscript Section, 2017

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation:

I. A. Richards Papers, circa 1930s-1970s (MS Eng 1811). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For related collections at Harvard University, see:
I. A. (Ivor Armstrong) Richards Poems, 1961 (MS Eng 1249)
Why so, Socrates : a dramatic version of Plato's Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo. (MS Thr 66)
Language Research Incorporated Project Files, 1938-1988, at Gutman.
Papers of Ivor Armstrong Richards, 1940-1981 (inclusive), at Harvard University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

I. A. Richards was an English educator, literary critic, and rhetorician whose work contributed to the foundations of the New Criticism, a formalist movement in literary theory. Richards was an associate of C.K. Ogden who created Basic English, a controlled language used for teaching English as a second language. Richards promoted its use in China.


Collection is arranged into six series:

Scope and Contents

Includes typescripts, teaching tools, manuals, and photographs documenting Richards' use and teaching of Basic English, a method of teaching English as a second language developed by C. K. Ogden. The collection highlights Richards' time teaching in China. Also included in the collection are other compositions by Richards including poetry and longer length works. There is some correspondence regarding book contracts as well as with Christine Gibson, and a few letters from C. K. Ogden.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed inventories are available in the curatorial file.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Basic English