Guide to the Papers of the Robinson/Lambuth Family, 1592 - 1993Manuscript MS-1098

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of the Robinson/Lambuth Family, 1592 - 1993

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1098

Collection Dates:

1592 - 1993

Size of Collection:

36 boxes (54 linear feet)

Abstract:

The collection contains documents pertaining to the academic work and personal life of Kenneth Allan Robinson, Jean Lambuth Robinson, David Lambuth and assorted relatives. They include correspondence, poems, essays, short stories, journals and journal clippings, newspaper clippings, black and white photographs, lecture notes, student papers, audio tapes, financial documents, index cards with scholarly information, examination papers, class schedules and curriculum for English classes at Dartmouth College, notebooks, photo albums, ephemeral items, legal documents, pamphlets, calendars, reviews, lecture notes and writings by Prof. David Lambuth.

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The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Introduction to the Collection

The Jean and Kenneth Robinson family papers pertain to the life and work of Kenneth Allan Robinson, Professor of English at Dartmouth College, his wife Jean Lambuth Robinson, her father David Lambuth, Professor of English at Dartmouth College and assorted relatives. They include correspondence (including love letters between Kenneth and Jean Robinson); creative writing pieces such as poems, essays, short stories, journals and journal clippings; newspaper and newspaper clippings; 19th and 20th century black and white photographs; lecture notes from a variety of classes and subjects; student papers graded and ungraded; audio tapes; financial documents; index cards with scholarly information; examination papers; class schedules and curriculum for English classes at Dartmouth College; notebooks; travel receipts, schedules and related ephemeral items; legal documents, pamphlets; calendars; reviews; lecture notes as well as writings by Prof. David Lambuth.

Of note is a handwritten letter from Andrew Jackson to the citizens of Concord dated 1833; a letter dated 1928 containing a legal docket from 1592 and a photo of John Wilkes Booth's boot (presumably taken off his leg by Dr. Mudd when he operated on Booth's leg after he had fled Washington following his assassination of Lincoln.)

History

Kenneth Allan Robinson was born on August 10, 1891 in Biddeford, Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College with an A.B. in 1916 and went on to receive an A.M. from Harvard in 1916 and another from Dartmouth College in 1923. He started his long career at Dartmouth College as an instructor in English in 1916 and became an assistant professor of English in 1919. He received tenure as a full professor of English in 1923. An expert of early 20th century American fiction and Drama, Prof. Robinson was a very popular lecturer and a prolific writer of fiction including short stories, poems and plays. He also wrote articles, book reviews and essays and had many of his pieces published in literary and popular magazines such as "The New Yorker," and "The Saturday Evening Post." In 1924 he married Jean Spindle Lambuth, daughter of Dartmouth professor David Lambuth. Robinson retired from Dartmouth College in 1959. After his retirement he was named Whitney Visiting Professors Program of the John H. Whitney Foundation to teach at Southern College in Birmingham for one year. He died in December of 1961 after a long illness at the age of 70.

David Campbell Kelley Lambuth born on February 20, 1879 in Shanghai, China graduated with a B.A. in 1900 from Vanderbilt University and with an M.A. from Columbia. He began his long tenure at Dartmouth College as an English instructor in 1913 and became a full professor of English in 1920. He was the chairman of the Department's committee to plan Sanborn House and an editor of the "Missionary Review." He died in 1948.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1831,1840, 1916-1960's

Contains personal correspondence of Jean Lambuth Robinson as well as telegrams, photographic negatives, postcards, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, typedscripts of poems, excerpts of poems in French, pages of "The New Yorker," clippings from journals and periodicals, reviews, receipts, recipes, and two handwritten notes/receipts dated 1831 and 1840.

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Box: 2, Dates: 1919-1968

Contains newspaper clippings (including Prof. Kenneth Robinson's obituaries,) telegrams, a journal titled "The Missionary Society," programs, poems by Kenneth Robinson, personal correspondence, reviews, and manuscripts of stories written by Kenneth Robinson.

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Box: 3, Dates: 1914-1943

Contains personal correspondence; writings including poems, stories, plays, articles, and letters by Kenneth and Jean Robinson; a folder with pencil drawings; writing on cardboard pieces; class notes and academic papers on Jefferson and Hamilton, Melville, Thomas Paine and others; newspaper and journal clippings; and one rejection letter addressed to Prof. Robinson from "The New Yorker", dated May 1, 1936.

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Box: 4, Dates: 1950's, 1980's

Contains postcards; handwritten note cards; ephemeral items; personal correspondence and written notes between Prof. Robinson and his wife Jean; a copy of "The New Yorker," dated Aug.26, 1950; journal clippings with notes; exam papers; lecture notes and other writings related to work as an English professor at Dartmouth College; academic files on Dissenters, Reform Movements, Jonathan Edwards, Henry Adams, Emerson, Benjamin Franklin and early American Puritan beliefs and culture.

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Box: 5, Dates: circa 1960

Contains lecture notes, including files on Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neil, Sherwood Anderson, Lillian Hellman, Saroyan, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, William Inge, Robert Anderson, Herman Wouck, Lindsey Crouse, Maxwell Anderson, Robert E. Sherwood, George Kaufman, Marc Connelly, Theater-College Movement, Development of Theater in America-English 96, American Theater before 1920, and Early American Theater-English 275.

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Box: 6, Dates: circa 1592-1950

Contains correspondence; telegrams and ephemeral items related to the travels of Prof. and Mrs. Robinson; letters of inquiry from "The New Yorker" to Mr. Robinson and other correspondence related to the publication of his writings; correspondence regarding genealogical research on the Lambuth family; mounted photos of baby Jean Lambuth and Walter Lambuth; Bowdoin College Yearbook, 1914; Mr. Robinson's obituary; copies of the Dartmouth Alumni Journal; class notes and academic papers; newspaper clippings; reproduction of a photograph of John Wilkes Booth; black and white dry mounted photo of John Wilkes Booth's boot presumed to be the one that he wore when he assassinated Lincoln; black and white photo of painting of Prof. David Lambuth; handwritten letter from Andrew Jackson to the citizens of Concord dated 1833; and a letter dated 1928 containing a legal docket from 1592.

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Box: 7, Dates: undated

Contains sepia and black and white card de visites of men, women and children, some mounted with postage stamps on back; 6 tintype/ferrotype portraits; scrapbook of prose quotations, dated September, 1880; student name index cards from the class of 1933-57 with handwritten notes on the back; small black notebook with notes; David Lumbeth ring; folders with lecture notes; assignments; academic papers; poems related to Prof. Robinson's tenure as professor of English, including "examination in course 25," dated 1914-1916, as well as newspaper and journal clippings.

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Box: 8, Dates: circa 1950

Contains lecture notes including English 1-Shakespeare, Bryanick, American Poetry, New Humanists, Post War 1-The 1920's, Muckrakers-Upton Sinclair etc, Lincoln, Williamsburg VA, Early 19th century America, Book List Plays and B'ham Library, Woodwork Wilson, English 1, Mendelson Bible, Bible, Elizabethan England, Virginia, and the Civil War.

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Box: 9, Dates: circa 1950

Contains lecture notes, including Clare Booth Luce, Kaufman-Connelly, Thornton Wilder, Musical Comedy, Sidney Howard, S.N. Behrman, Maxwell Anderson, Stage Struck, Camille, Mme Hutin, Opera House Tonight, Alumni Mag Article, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Theater in Wartime, Philip Barry Plays, Elmer Rice, and The Movies.

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Box: 10, Dates: 1920's, 1950's

Contains miscellaneous writings including stories, poems and academic papers, handwritten lecture notes, personal financial and tax information, class schedules and examination papers (1950's).

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Box: 11, Dates: undated

Contains three shoe boxes with 3" x 5" index cards arranged by subject with scholarly information relating to Prof. Robinson's tenure as a professor at Dartmouth College.

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Box: 12, Dates: 1920's, 1930's

Contains handwritten lecture notes and typed academic papers including files on 'Much Ado About Nothing', Casanova Gourmet, American Literature Poetry, Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Genteel Tradition, Howland, copies of "The Dartmouth Log" dated 1945 and 1946, check stubs for payments received for Mr. Robinson's publications, and newspaper clippings (1980's).

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Box: 13, Dates: undated

Contains lecture notes, including files on Theodore Dreiser, 20th Century American Fiction, American Dream, Sinclair Lewis, Humor, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Thoreau, John P. Marquand, Robert Penn Warren, William Faulkner, Opening Lectures through O'Neil English 96, Thomas Wolfe, Thurber, Barker (DC 1936), After the Lost Generation-Novelists of WWII, T.S. Elliot, Gertrude Stein and Sinclair Lewis.

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Box: 14, Dates: circa 1950

21 audio tapes

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Box: 15, Dates: undated

Contains lecture notes including files on English 1, James T. Farrell, American Lit. vs. English Lit., Hemingway, Montparnasse, John Dos Passos, English 96, Ring Lardner, John Steinbeck, and H.L.Mencken.

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Box: 16, Dates: 1920's, 1930's

Contains a ledger with financial data (Manchester D.L. Perkins 1871/1872); personal correspondence, including love letter and poems from Prof. Robinson to his wife Jean (1920's); other writings including creative writing pieces, poems, stories, some class notes, reviews, ephemeral items, travel receipts and schedules.

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Box: 17, Dates: 1920's, 1930's, 1940's

Contains envelopes addressed to Jean Robinson (letters removed ); personal correspondence between the Robinson's as well as letters to and from a Mr. R. Hunter Spindle; newspaper clippings; documents relating to the death of Allan Hazen Robinson, including his will dated 1917; ephemeral items relating to the Robinson's' travels; a legal resolution regarding Thomas Spindle from Rappahannock County, Virginia dated August 1843.

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Box: 18, Dates: 1916-1930's, 1948, 1976

Contains book: Smugglers' Village-The Story of Rottingdean by Henry Blyth (1976); scripts for two plays "In Shakespeare's Time-A Chronicle Drama" by I.M.Pagan and "Madam Jaklin-A Chronicle Comedy" by I.M.Pagan; correspondence about and obituary of Brooke Henderson, Dartmouth Professor of English Oct. 1939; Copy of "Claremont Daily Eagle," dated August 23, 1948 and "Hanover Gazette," dated August 26, 1948 with obituary and article about Prof. David Lambuth; personal correspondence; playbill "Sherlock Holmes-Farewell Appearances of William Gillette 1929-1930;" "Robert Frost-The Man and His Work", undated; "The Players Bulletin," (1948-1949); an article of David Lambuth by B.Robert Anderson; 19th century photos of General Tom Thumb; Jean Robinson's passport dated 1970 and a shoe box containing small notebooks.

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Box: 19, Dates: 1950's, 1960's, 1970's

Contains "Time" Magazine, Dec. 27, 1963; journal clippings; writings: including essays, poems and other creative pieces by Kenneth and Jean Robinson; reviews; pamphlets; scribbled notes and ephemeral items as well as personal correspondence.

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Box: 20, Dates: 1913, 1920's-1970's

Contains pamphlets: "Lectures & Examinations" (1913), "Bowdoin College 1802-1952" (1952), "Dartmouth Alumni Journal" October, 1948 with article on David Lambuth written by Benfiled Presssy, Professor of English; journal clippings; newspaper clippings; handwritten class notes and other writings by Prof. Robinson and others, including creative pieces; miscellaneous pamphlets relating to Bowdoin College; Dartmouth College Bulletin 1972-1973; Greensleevs-The Dartmouth Literary Magazine, 1965; black three ring binder containing Dartmouth Calendars 1936, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1954, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine April 1969, newspaper clippings and an article entitled "Will to Resist-The Dartmouth College Case," by Richard W. Moran ‘24; and a second black three ring binder containing Dartmouth Calendars 1939, 1943,1947,1948 and 1952.

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Box: 21, Dates: 1950's-1970's

Contains personal correspondence and other writings including creative pieces and essays, handwritten notes, telegrams, newspaper clippings, reviews, and journal clippings, small address book, black and white photos including copies of a photo of Prof. Robinson and his black poodle.

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Box: 22, Dates: 1920-1960's

Contains scrapbook "...Because We Love You" made by students of Birmingham Southern College dedicated to Prof. Robinson and containing personal testimonies about his teaching,; cardboard container with writings including creative pieces and correspondence and ephemeral items (1920's-1950's); cardboard box with notes; cardboard box with reviews; clippings and notes (1960's); and copies of Prof. Robinson's earlier writings (1920's-1940's).

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Box: 23, Dates: 1970's

Contains map of Central America with dedication from Harvey Miller to S.P. Spindle, dated Feb.1st 1899; scribbled notes; reviews; newspaper clippings; journal clippings; miscellaneous writings, including creative pieces; financial documents and ephemeral items.

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Box: 24, Dates: 1919-1970's

Contains three ring binder with creative writing pieces (1920's-1970's); folder with early poems by Prof. Robinson (1920's-1930's); folder containing thesis entitled "Talk, Talk in New Hampshire - A Discussion of the Background and Development of the American Lyceum in New Hampshire" dated January 1935; stenographer's notebooks; miscellaneous writings, including creative pieces, recipes, reviews, ephemeral items, and some correspondence.

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Box: 25, Dates: 1922, 1960's, 1970's, 1993

Contains notes; journal clippings; Dartmouth Alumni Journal, 1974; House & Garden Journal, July 1962; print of Dartmouth Hall by Adrian Bouchard; excerpts of a play dated 1922; poems; graded student papers; essays written by Prof. Robinson; handwritten lecture notes on 'My Name is Terry Gaylord', 'Gay Nineties',' The Short Story', 'Gilded Age,' 'Brown Decades,' 'Tycoons-Whaling-Gold Rush;' English 2; Comprehensive Examination Papers; English 96; "Tales of a Misspent Youth," by Joe Bradley (written in the 1970's presented to Jean Robinson in 1993.)

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Box: 26, Dates: undated

Contains framed photographs of Kenneth Allan Robinson's poems; also contains portraits, journal covers, scribbled notes and letters, ephemeral items, a book of pencil drawings by Prof. Robinson, two personal notebooks of Prof. Robinson, black and white snapshots in an album.

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Box: 27, Dates: undated

Contains notebooks with thoughts, essays and poems by Kenneth Allan Robinson.

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Box: 28, Dates: 1940's

Contains student papers, departmental notes (English dept.), lecture notes and other writings of English 47, 36 and Naval English 1.

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Box: 29, Dates: circa 1860-1940

Contains large 19th century sepia colored portrait (possibly David Lambuth as a small child); a charcoal drawing of Kenneth Robinson and his poodle; poem, "Planning the Issue" by Kenneth Allan Robinson; 19th century black and white portrait (possibly of David Lambuth as a young man); black and white photo of the Robinson's black poodle (sambo); framed matted black and white photo of David Lambuth and his dog; photocopied framed portrait of General David Campbell Kelley of the Confederate Army, 1862.

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Box: 30, Dates: 19th century -early 20th century

Contains early 20th century family photographs; 19th century dry-mounted photographs taken in Hiroshima, Japan of David Lambuth and his siblings as children (1887/1888); negatives; portraits of young men dry-mounted and matted some dated 1914; 19th century dry mounted family photos of the Robinson, Lambuth and Spindle families; a wedding photo album; a black photo album; "The Bookman - An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Life" dated May 1916; "A Handbook of Composition" Dartmouth College 1921, annotated and signed by W.B Pressey.

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Box: 31, Dates: 1920's

Contains 19th and 20th century photographs; personal letters; canceled checks and other financial documents; an 'In Memorium' notebook dedicated to Walter Russell Lambuth, Missionary, dated 1921; typed literary quotes and other writings as well as lecture notes by Prof. David Lambuth; and letters to and from Jean Lambuth Robinson to her parents.

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Box: 32, Dates: 1910-1930's

Contains typed poems and other writings by Kenneth Allan Robinson, Jean Robinson, Dilys Laing and others; newspaper clippings; The Five Arts, April 1930; essays on Robert Frost and his work; letters and other personal correspondence between the Robinsons and David Lambuth.

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Box: 33, Dates: 1940's

Contains writings by Kenneth Allan Robinson and Jean Robinson; documents related to the Navy V -12 unit at Dartmouth College, including roster (1944); writings by H.H. Spindle; "Poet Lore - A Quarterly Magazine of Letters", dated Boston 1907; correspondence; lecture notes; copy of thesis "A Spirit in the Hills: Alice Van Leer Carrick at Dartmouth, 1901-1930," by Mary Ann Harris (1982) with dedication to Jean Robinson.

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Box: 34, Dates: circa 1930's-1960's

Contains black and white photographs of a mansion (possibly Spindle Mansion); writings by Jean Robinson, Kenneth Allan Robinson and others; menus; newspaper clippings; recipes; letters, "Mr. David Lambuth - A Debonair Gentleman;" Jackolantern (undated); newspapers (1930's); and "The Dartmouth," (1960's).

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Box: 35, Dates: 1920's- 1940's

Contains letters from "The New Yorker" to Kenneth Allan Robinson (1930's); holiday greeting cards with poems by K.A.R.; The Life and Essays of Benjamin Franklin; US Passport for Kenneth Allan Robinson, dated 25 May 1922; "A Description of Dartmouth College" Dartmouth Bulletin, 1939; Contract for the publication of a novel between Robinson and Doubleday, Doran Company, 1941; writings by Kenneth Allan Robinson and Jean Robinson; correspondence; newspaper clippings; notes and ephemeral items.

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Box: 36, Dates: circa 1850-1950

Robinson family diplomas

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