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MS Richardson 51

William King Richardson papers

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Richardson 51
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Richardson, William King
Title: William King Richardson papers
Date(s): 1874-1885
Quantity: 1.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection is in English.
Abstract: Personal and academic papers and letters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2018M-033. Donated from William King Richardson via Lawrence Curtis in 1954.

Custodial History:

Bequest by William King Richardson via Lawrence Curtis, 1954.

Processing Information:

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018 September.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

William King Richardson Papers, 1874-1885 (MS Richardson 51). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Richardson graduated from Harvard College in 1880 and went abroad with his family that summer, intending to travel with them, but instead he was persuaded to begin at Oxford that fall. He graduated in 1884 with a double first at Balliol. The following year, he entered Harvard Law School.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are arranged in three series: Correspondence; Academic Papers; and Awards.

Content Description

Collection includes letters from William King Richardson to his family (the majority of the correspondence is to his mother) about his undergraduate life at Oxford, including his membership in the St. Vincent's Club, the Balliol Eights crew team, and the "Mods" and "Greats" academic curricula. Richardson's travels in England and to the continent with his mother, his sisters Grace and Fanny, and Uncle Roland Lincoln ("Uncle Dudley") are also described in his letters. The collection also includes academic materials accumulated by Richardson: class journals; rule books; admission information; examination documents; honors and awards; club records; and lecture lists.

Scope and Contents

One item bears dates of 1891-1930.


Typescript transcripts of letters (with carbon copies), from his original letters, now destroyed, written while a student at the University of Oxford from 17 April 1881 to 2 November 1884.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Balliol College (University of Oxford)
Europe Description and travel 1800-1918
England--Description and travel
University of Oxford -- Students -- Correspondence
University of Oxford--Curricula
Richardson, Fanny Mitchell Lincoln, 1837
Richardson, Grace
Lincoln, Roland
Richardson, Fanny
Richardson family