Guide to the Papers of Robin Robinson, 1888 - 2000Manuscript MS-1151

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Robin Robinson, 1888 - 2000

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1151

Collection Dates:

1888 - 2000

Size of Collection:

37 boxes (21 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Robin Robinson (1903-2002), professor of mathematics. Dartmouth College Class of 1924. Consist of lecture notes and articles on mathematics related to his tenure as mathematics professor both at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, as well as programs from various operas and other musical performances, scripts from his WDCR radio shows "The Opera Showcase," "A Little Night Music," "Your Concert Hall," and "The World's Finest Music," and an extensive index card catalogue of his music collection.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Robin Robinson contain documents relating to his tenure as a mathematics professor at both Harvard University and Dartmouth College. These include lecture notes on various mathematical topics, as well as articles written by himself and other members of his field including John Kemeny. The majority of the collection, however, chronicles Robinson's great love of music, containing hundreds of programs from various operas and other musical performances, scripts from his WDCR radio shows "The Opera Showcase," "A Little Night Music," "Your Concert Hall," and "The World's Finest Music," and an extensive index card catalogue of his music collection.

Biography

Robin Robinson was born May 11, 1903, in Clinton, Connecticut. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1924, and went on to Harvard University on a George E. Chamberlain Fellowship. He earned his AM from Harvard in 1925, and his Ph.D. in 1929, both in mathematics. From 1926-1927 he was a mathematics instructor at Harvard, and the following year studied at the University of Hamburg. He returned to Dartmouth College as a mathematics instructor in 1928, rose to professor in 1942, served as the chairman for the mathematics department from 1934-1947, and chairman of the division of sciences from 1951-1955. Specializing in non-euclidean differential geometry, he published a number of articles and bibliographies as well as the book "Analytic Geometry" (1949) and "New Directions in Mathematics" (1962), co-edited with John G. Kemeny. In 1947, he created the Robinson Reunion Plan, copyrighted as Dartmouth Reunion Plan, which is still in use at Dartmouth and other institutions. He was director of Dartmouth's Great Issues course from 1954-1956, and worked as a college registrar from 1956-1968. He retired from Dartmouth College in 1981. Throughout his life Robinson had a passionate interest in music. He played tympani for the Hanover Society Orchestra from 1943-1962, and composed several sonatas and pieces of chamber music. He also had a collection of music that formed the basis of his weekly radio programs on local stations that began in 1955, and aired until the time of his death. Since 1997 until his death, Robinson was the holder of the Hanover, NH Boston Post Cane. Robinson died March 3, 2002 in Hanover.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Mathematics, 1913-1963

Contains lecture notes for mathematics classes taken at Harvard University and notes and examinations for classes taught at Dartmouth College; articles, photographs, programs, a proposal, notes and conference materials relating to his involvement with mathematical associations and conferences.

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Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1920s-1940

Contains Robinson's notes for individual math courses taken and taught at Harvard University.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1928-1940

Contains math examinations given at Dartmouth College and of the Actuarial Society of America; programs from various meetings and conferences of mathematical associations; Robinson's Dartmouth-related correspondence; photographs; notes on various mathematical topics for lectures; a proposal of the Dartmouth Mathematics Department, "Mathematics Doctorates at Dartmouth," and mathematical articles written by Robinson and other mathematicians, including John Kemeny.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1913-1963

Contains math articles by other authors.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 2, Music, 1888-2000

Contains programs from operas and other musical performances, scripts from his WDCR radio show and index cards cataloguing of his music collection.

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Unrestricted.

Box: 4, Dates: 1920-1975

Contains various programs of musical performances.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1975-1991

Contains various programs of musical performances.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: 1992-2002

Contains various programs of musical performances, primarily at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth, including some of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 7, Dates: 1960-1985

Contains Robinson's scripts for his WDCR radio shows, "A Little Night Music," "Your Concert Hour," and "The Opera Showcase."

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 8, Dates: 1985-2002

Contains Robinson's scripts for his WDCR radio shows, "A Little Night Music," and "The Opera Showcase."

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 9, Dates: 1960-1999

Contains various programs of musical performances.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 10, Dates: 1957-2001

Contains Robinson's scripts for his WDCR radio shows "Your Concert Hall," "The Opera Showcase," "The World's Finest Music," and others.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 11, Dates: 1972-1997

Contains various programs of musical performances.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 12, Dates: 1963-1972

Contains various programs of musical performances, including international performances.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 13, Dates: 1936-1959

Contains an undated German concert program, one concert program from 1936, and Robinson's radio scripts from 1955-1959 for his shows including "Your Concert Hall" and "The World's Finest Music."

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 14, Dates: 1957-1992

Contains an early list of Robinson's record collection, handwritten and typed, as well as individual files on operas, each one containing the radio scripts for his WDCR show "The Opera Showcase" relating to the specific opera, and occasionally other relevant materials (programs, articles, etc.)

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 15, Dates: 1966-1999

Contains scripts of Robinson's WDCR radio show "The Opera Showcase," programs and tickets of various operas, scripts and programs for the Hanover Opera Workshop, and information on Jewish composers.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 16, Dates: 1994-1995

Contains five boxes of Robinson's index card cataloguing of his music collection (undated), as well as two programs from the Valley Light Opera (1994-1995)

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 17, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, detailing the lengths of recordings.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 18, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, detailing the lengths of recordings.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 19, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, detailing the lengths of recordings.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 20, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of records formerly in Robinson's collection, arranged alphabetically by composer.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 21, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of records formerly in Robinson's collection, arranged alphabetically by composer.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 22, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of records formerly in Robinson's collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 23, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of records formerly in Robinson's collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 24, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of records formerly in Robinson's collection, arranged alphabetically by composer.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 25, Dates: undated

Contains index card cataloguing of records formerly in Robinson's collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 26, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 27, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 28, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 29, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 30, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 31, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 32, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, arranged alphabetically by composer

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 33, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, specifically opera videos and opera audio recordings, detailing the lengths of the recordings

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 34, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, specifically opera videos and opera audio recordings, detailing the lengths of the recordings

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 35, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, specifically opera videos and opera audio recordings, detailing the lengths of the recordings

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 36, Dates: undated

Contains alternate index card cataloguing of Robinson's music collection, specifically opera videos and opera audio recordings, detailing the lengths of the recordings

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 37, Dates: 1888-2000

Contains typed list of opera audio recordings and opera videos in Robinson's collection, handwritten notes on the lengths of pieces, track listings and scripts for a few of his WDCR radio shows, including "The Opera Showcase" and "A Little Night Music," and copy number 44 of "Poems of a Boy" by William Byron Forbush.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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