Guide to the George Mann Richardson Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0285
Creator: Richardson, George Mann, 1863-
Title: George Mann Richardson papers
Dates: 1860-1971
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet
Summary: Correspondence, photographs, legal papers, albums and biographical material of George Mann Richardson, his wife Margaret Watson, their sons Alan and Remond, and Watson family relatives. Correspondence includes a family letter describing a trip to Colorado and New Mexico, 1887; letters by George, 1894, and Margaret, 1896, describing hiking trips in the Sierras (what is now Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks), and correspondence of Alan Richardson, 1918-1957, including one letter from Lou Henry Hoover. Photographs, 1898-1924, include early views of the Stanford campus, damage from the 1906 earthquake, the Richardson house on campus, family members, beach and mountain scenes, and Remond W. Richardson in his military unit in Texas, 1916-1917. There is a scrapbook kept by Remond W. Richardson, 1910-1923, containing programs, newsletters, clippings, and other items pertaining to his school and military activities; and a scrapbook kept by George Mann Richardson, 1881-1890, containing programs, clippings, tickets, ribbons, newsletters, and other items largely pertaining to Lehigh University athletic events and Psi Upsilon fraternity matters. The collection also includes a diary kept by George C. Richardson, 1860; letters by Robert Watson, 1885-1926; letters of Esther E. Watson, primarily on the death of her father William T. Watson, 1926; and other materials pertaining to the Watson family.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Jeanne Richardson Musto, 1982.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

George Mann Richardson Papers (SC0285). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Professor of Organic Chemistry at Stanford (1891-1902). Richardson, born in Springfield, Ohio 3 October 1863, obtained his A.B. in Chemistry from Lehigh University (1886) and his Ph. D. in Chemistry from John Hopkins University (1891). He died in 1902.

Description of the Collection

Correspondence, photographs, legal papers, albums and biographical material of George Mann Richardson, his wife Margaret Watson, their sons Alan and Remond, and Watson family relatives. Correspondence includes a family letter describing a trip to Colorado and New Mexico, 1887; letters by George, 1894, and Margaret, 1896, describing hiking trips in the Sierras (what is now Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks), and correspondence of Alan Richardson, 1918-1957, including one letter from Lou Henry Hoover. Photographs, 1898-1924, include early views of the Stanford campus, damage from the 1906 earthquake, the Richardson house on campus, family members, beach and mountain scenes, and Remond W. Richardson in his military unit in Texas, 1916-1917. There is a scrapbook kept by Remond W. Richardson, 1910-1923, containing programs, newsletters, clippings, and other items pertaining to his school and military activities; and a scrapbook kept by George Mann Richardson, 1881-1890, containing programs, clippings, tickets, ribbons, newsletters, and other items largely pertaining to Lehigh University athletic events and Psi Upsilon fraternity matters. The collection also includes a diary kept by George C. Richardson, 1860; letters by Robert Watson, 1885-1926; letters of Esther E. Watson, primarily on the death of her father William T. Watson, 1926; and other materials pertaining to the Watson family.

Access Terms

Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944.
Richardson, Alan.
Richardson, George C.
Richardson, George Mann, 1863-
Richardson, Margaret.
Richardson, Remond W.
Stanford University--Description--Views..
Watson family.
Watson, Esther E.
Watson, Robert.
Albums
Hiking --Sierra Nevada Mountains (Calif. and Nev.).
Kings Canyon National Park (Calif.).
Photoprints
Sequoia National Park (Calif.).


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Snapshots and photographs of GMR, family and campus (5)

Box 1, Folder 2

Portraits of GMR (5)

Box 1, Folder 3

Portrait – Mrs. GMR

Box 1, Folder 4

Snapshots – children

Box 1, Folder 5

Photos – house (Stanford?) (6)

Box 1, Folder 6

Snapshots – GMR bicycle trip (3)

Box 1, Folder 7

Photo – four men in the woods

Box 1, Folder 8

Photo – schoolchildren

Box 1, Folder 9

Photos – campus shots (5)

Box 1, Folder 10

Newsclipping, obituary

Box 1, Folder 11

Richardson family correspondence, 1881-1957

 

ephemera

Box 1, Folder 12

biography of GMR

Box 1, Folder 12

"The Gospel of Work" by GMR

Box 1, Folder 12

Theta Xi publication "TAU-LK"

Box 1, Folder 12

Citizenship Certificate

Box 1, Folder 12

San Francisco Memorial Souvenir of 1906 earthquake

Box 1, Folder 12

Poems

Box 1, Folder 12

Birth proof for Alan Campbell Richardson

Box 1, Folder 12

Program of the Chit Chat Club

Box 1, Folder 12

Silver Quill awards dinner program

Box 1, Folder 12

1890 conferring of degrees, Johns Hopkins University

Box 2

Four photograph albums

Box 3

One photograph album

Box 4, Folder 1

Douglas, Howard Grey. Library of Congress [reproductions of architectural and mural decorations]

Box 4, Folder 2

Holiday cards, 1923-37

Box 4, Folder 3

Miscellaneous family letters, ca. 1971-73

 

Miscellaneous items

Box 4, Folder 4

Clipping re S. U. fencing team

Box 4, Folder 4

Milton P. Duffy Testimonial Dinner program, 1964

Box 4, Folder 4

Poem (printed) by Elizabeth York Case, 1907 with note by MWR on reverse

Box 4, Folder 4

Copy of map of Oregon Territory

Box 4, Folder 4

Harrison, Ross Granville, On the Occurrence of Tails in Man, with a Description of the Case Reported by Dr. Watson." 1901 reprint

Box 4, Folder 4

The Phonographic World, Aug. 1890

Box 4, Folder 4

Brochure [possibly pages from a book] on Westminster Abbey

Box 4, Folder 5

Negatives of coastal scenes

Box 4, Folder 6

Negative of a family group, ca. 1900

Box 4, Folder 7

Negatives of family groups and an individual

Box 4, Folder 8

Negatives of a seaside or lakeside town

Box 4, Folder 9

Photographs: Bob and Will Watson, Lake Chelan, and relief map of California

Box 4, Folder 10

Postcards, 1905-1910

Box 4, Folder 11

Reik, Mary Watson, letters to Margaret, 1937 and undated

Box 4, Folder 12

Richardson, Alan C. – biographical materials, 1927, 1960-ca. 1971

Box 4, Folder 13

Richardson, Alan C. – correspondence, 1911, 1924 and undated

Box 4, Folder 14

Richardson, Alan C. – patents, 1967

Box 4, Folder 15

Richardson, Alan C. and Marna C. – documents

Box 4, Folder 16

Richardson, George C., diary, 1960

Box 4, Folder 17

Richardson, George C., loose items from diary

Box 4, Folder 18

Richardson, George M., calling cards and train ticket

Box 4, Folder 19

Richardson, R. W., fishing license 1923, S. U. study list spring quarter 1920, and letter to Uncle Bob, 1912

Box 4, Folder 20

Richardson family documents – copies

Box 4, Folder 21

San Antonio, Texas, souvenir, ca. 1916

Box 4, Folder 22

Swain, Robert E., letter to Alan Richardson, 1952

Box 4, Folder 23

Washington High School Cadets, programs, 1915-17; The Review, Central High School, Washington, DC, Feb. 1917

Box 4, Folder 24

Watercolor sketches, unsigned

Box 4, Folder 25

Watson, Doug, letters received on the death of his father, 1926

Box 4, Folder 26

Watson, Esther, letters to Doug, 1926, and other family letters, 1971 and undated

Box 4, Folder 27

Watson, Robert, letters to family, 1885-1926

Box 4, Folder 28

Watson, Robert C., clipping, 1955

Box 4, Folder 29

Watson, William T., obituary, 1926, and photograph

Box 4, Folder 30

Watson family, genealogy and miscellaneous items

Box 5

Photo album: family groups, scenic views, dogs

Box 5

Original Kodak negative album [negatives removed and housed in box 4]

Box 6

Memorabilia of G.M. Richardson, R. W. Richardson, and other unidentified family members; includes athletic and military pins and medals; GMR's leather card case; and NRA buttons

Box 7

Album kept by G. M. Richardson, 1881-1890, containing programs, clippings, tickets, ribbons, newsletters, and other items largely pertaining to Lehigh University athletic events and Psi Upsilon fraternity matters