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Karl Frederic Robinson (1904-1967) Papers

Identifier: 20/18

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Scope and Contents

The Karl Frederic Robinson Papers, comprising five boxes which include material spanning the dates 1948 to 1976, are arranged into three categories: General and Professional Correspondence, Academic and Course-Related Materials, and Articles, Outlines and Reprints.

The first folder of the series contains a variety of biographical materials including press releases and newspaper clippings pertaining to Robinson.

Robinson's general and professional correspondence, comprising more than four boxes, which constitutes the bulk of the papers, largely falls within the period from 1958 to 1965. Carbons of Robinson's outgoing letters are often attached to pertinent incoming correspondence. The general correspondence reflects Robinson's interests in speech education, teacher training, communication problems and public speaking as well as his publications and university administrative duties. Following the general correspondences is one folder of intra-campus correspondence. Also included are two folders of correspondence with Robinson's publishers Longman's, Green & Co. and Scott, Foresman and Company, and two folders of correspondence pertaining to the Speech Association of America and The Speech Teacher, a journal on which Robinson served in several editorial capacities. Finally, there is one folder of correspondence and related course materials pertaining to Robinson's participation in a training program sponsored by the Oliver Iron Mining Division of U.S. Steel Corporation.

Academic and course materials comprise two-thirds of one box and include course outlines, class registers, study guides, syllabi, reading lists and a small amount of related correspondence concerning courses offered by Robinson in the Schools of Education and Speech, NROTC, the Traffic Institute and the Transportation Center. The academic materials also contain a folder of notes and papers from Robinson's graduate studies.

The last folder in the collection contains drafts of, outlines for, and reprints of articles by Robinson.


  • 1948-1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


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Karl Frederic Robinson earned his Ph.D. in Speech from Northwestern University in 1940, and joined Northwestern's faculty in 1945 in speech education. He resigned in 1965 to become Professor of Speech and Director of the Graduate Program in Speech at California State College at Hayward. The Karl Frederic Robinson Papers, contained in five boxes and spanning the dates 1948 to 1976, are arranged into three categories: General and Professional Correspondence, Academic and Course-Related Materials, and Articles, Outlines and Reprints.


The papers of Karl Frederic Robinson are organized into: general and professional correspondence (general correspondence arranged by date; other correspondence arranged by organization name); academic and course-related materials (in alphabetical order, chiefly by course number); articles, outlines and reprints; and biogrpahical materials.

Method of Acquisition

Dean Roy Wood of the School of Speech transferred the Karl Frederic Robinson Papers (Accession # 78-77) to the University Archives on October 18, 1978.

Processing Information

Margaret Faverty and Kevin Barry Leonard, September; 1980.

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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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