Finding Aid to the Leon Josiah Richardson papers, 1872-1964

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Finding Aid to the Leon Josiah Richardson papers, 1872-1964

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 1001

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Leon Josiah Richardson papers
Date (inclusive): 1872-1964
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1001
Creator: Richardson, Leon Josiah, 1868-1964
Extent: 6 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize folder (ca. 8 linear ft.) circa 8.75 linear feet
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Abstract: The papers of Leon Josiah Richardson, Professor of Latin and Director of the University Extension at the University of California, Berkeley, contain correspondence, drafts and notes for articles, poems, and speeches, as well as material relating to his teaching of Latin and to his courses on Adult Education.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leon Josiah Richardson papers, BANC MSS C-B 1001, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Related Material

Records of the University of California Military Bureau, CU-389
University Extension, University of California records, CU-18
Berkeley culture, University of California highlights, and University extension: oral history transcript, BANC MSS C-D 4048
Warring Wilkinson papers, BANC MSS C-B 815
Florence Richardson Wyckoff papers, BANC MSS 78/55 c

Removed or Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library:
Photographs relating to the Leon J. Richardson and W.W. Wilkinson families, BANC PIC 1983.140—AX
BANC PIC Richardson, Leon Josiah--POR
BANC PIC Richardson, Maud Wilkinson--POR

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Richardson, Leon Josiah,1868-1964--Archives
University of California (1868-1952)-- Adult Education
University of California (1868-1952)-- Dept. of Latin
University of California (1868-1952)-- Extension Division
Manuscripts for publication

Administrative Information

The Leon Josiah Richardson papers were given to The Bancroft Library in February of 1966 through the Gift Division of the General Library (Doe Library), University of California, Berkeley. Additions were made in January and April of 2001 by Bruce Richardson on behalf of the Florence R. Wyckoff estate.
No additions are expected.

Processing/Project Information

Preliminary processing by Bancroft Library staff in 1997. Additions processed by Iris Donovan in 2005.

Biography/Organization History

From In Memoriam, 1966


Professor of Latin, Emeritus

Director of University Extension, Emeritus
Leon Josiah Richardson was born February 22, 1868, in Keene, New Hampshire, and died December 4, 1964, at the age of 96, in Watsonville, California, where he had lived for four years with one of his daughters, Mrs. Florence Wyckoff.
He was the son of Josiah Crosby Richardson and Isabel Jane Chamberlain (both of Puritan families long settled in New England), but the family moved west and Leon received the A.B. degree from the University of Michigan, in 1890. After a year of teaching Greek and English in the Jackson (Michigan) high school, Leon came to California and for four years was at this University, first as a Fellow and Assistant in Latin, than as an Instructor. The years 1895-97 he spent abroad, mostly as a student at the University of Berlin, but for part of 1897 he was in Rome and Naples as a student of the American School of Classical Studies (now the American Academy) in Rome. He received the LL.D. from the University of California in 1939. In 1900 he had married Maud Wilkinson in Berkeley and by her had three children, Florence, Jane, and John Alden; after Maud's death he married Ruth Loring, who also predeceased him.
After returning from Europe in 1897, Richardson resumed his long career at the University of California, and for one year was again an Instructor in Latin, then successively Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. In the same year in which he became professor (1919) he became also Director of the Extension Division (now University Extension), after having been acting director briefly. He was several times also Dean or Acting Dean of the Summer Session, and for three years (1934-37) Chairman of the Department of Latin. In 1938 he became Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus.
Richardson's interests and publications can be roughly put into two periods, divided by his appointment to direct the Extension Division. Before then, from 1897 on, his activity was mostly in the field of Latin poetry (especially its metrical techniques), but from about 1920 mostly in higher adult education, in which he was a pioneer.
His earlier work included two small books, a translation of some English poems into Latin (San Francisco, 1899) and Helps to Reading Classical Latin Poetry (Boston, 1907), besides a collection of the Songs of the University of California (1905), about 20 articles on such subjects as Vergil's Georgics, Horace's meters, and "Digital Reckoning among the Ancients" ( Amer. Math. Monthly, 1916), and a few reviews. His later work, though it included the article on Martin Kellogg (formerly Professor of Latin and President of the University) for the Dictionary of American Biography (1933), two popular accounts of Horace in connection with the poet's bimillennary celebration in 1935, a paper on walking ( Jour. of Health and Phys. Educ. 1937), and a constant addiction to verse writing (we would mention his book of poems, Cronies, of 1934, and the Christmas-card verse sent to friends for many years), was mostly inspired by his direction of the Extension Division--numerous essays, addresses, and editorials on "lifelong learning" (his own phrase) in this country and Europe. Even long after his formal retirement, he continued his connection with University Extension, reading or writing correspondence courses on the "Principles of Adult Education" and "Retirement and How to Take Advantage of It."
He was a member of half a dozen professional (classical and educational) associations, being president of the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast in 1912-13 and of the National University Extension Association about 1925; a member also of the Berkeley Club. For many years (1901-22) he was a trustee of the Berkeley Public Library, being president of the board for most of this period (1905-22).
Quite apart from the impact and influence exerted by his numerous publications, Richardson's personality was strong and forceful. As a teacher he loved to read Latin aloud and could, when he felt the urge, talk to a class at length in Latin; his last classes, after he began to direct the Extension Division, were on Vergil's Georgics, Ovid's Fasti, Quintilian Book 10, and Latin Verse Composition. He had a loud, clear, penetrating voice, which he used with great skill: having once heard it, one could never forget it. At the same time his manner was remarkably deliberate and calm; he never seemed disturbed or hurried, always self-possessed. He was a splendid teller of anecdotes; we recall a particular one that he used to tell about some experience in Germany: his handling of the long German compounds was something worth hearing. The even tenor of his life seems not to have been broken until he was in his early nineties, when the ruin by fire of his apartment in San Francisco made him, we heard, uncertain what to do and where to live. One must suppose that his almost unfailing equanimity had much to do with his excellent health and long life.
At the memorial services, held on December 8 in the First Congregational Church, Berkeley, the speakers included Joseph Fontenrose, Professor of Classics (who spoke as a former student), Paul H. Sheats, Dean of University Extension (who spoke as a former administrative colleague), Mrs. Julia Altrocchi, widow of a former Professor of Italian (who read from Richardson's poetry), and Joel H. Hildebrand, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry (who spoke as a former academic colleague).
A. E. Gordon
Joseph Fontenrose
H. R. W. Smith

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Leon Josiah Richardson, Professor of Latin and Director of the University Extension at the University of California, Berkeley, contain correspondence, drafts and notes for articles, poems, and speeches, as well as material relating to his teaching of Latin and to his courses on Adult Education.
Programs and financial records are also present. The bulk of the collection comprises Richardson’s ‘commonplace books’, which he used also as diaries. They are filed in the collection as Diary-Scrapbooks. Most of the clippings relate to poetry and philosophy. There is also a folder of poetry by Richardson’s wife Maud Wilkinson Richardson.
The second series holds meeting minutes and historical materials relating to the Berkeley Club for 1934-1948.


Series 1: General Papers, 1872-1984

Physical Description: Cartons 1-6; box 1, folder 1; oversize folder 1



Scope and Content Note

The series has been divided into 5 sub-series: Correspondence, Course Materials, Personalia, Subject Files, and the Writings of Leon J. Richardson.

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1898-1958

Physical Description: carton 1, folders 1-55


Incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically. Outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically.
carton 1, folders 1-6

Miscellaneous A-Z 1900-1958

carton 1, folder 7

American Institute of Fraternal Citizenship, Incorporated 1947-1952

carton 1, folder 8

Andrews, William Samuel 1936

carton 1, folder 9

Bacon, Leonard 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 10

Barker, Eugene H. 1934-1935

carton 1, folder 11

Bender, Albert Maurice 1934-1935

carton 1, folder 12

Bradford, Mary G. 1934-1938

carton 1, folder 13

Brandenstein, Henry V. 1935

carton 1, folder 14

Breeze, Thomas Hamilton 1936-1937

carton 1, folder 14

Calhoun, George Miller 1922-1934

carton 1, folder 16

California University- Berkeley Alumni Association 1934-1945

carton 1, folder 17

California University- Berkeley Regents 1903-1907

carton 1, folder 18

California University- University Extension 1933-1936

carton 1, folder 19

California University- University Press 1934-1935

carton 1, folder 20

Commonwealth Club of California 1945

carton 1, folder 21

Davenport, Eleanor M. 1934-1946

carton 1, folder 22

Detrick, Maud Rives 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 23

English Speaking Union 1924-1928

carton 1, folder 24

Fairclough, Henry Rushton 1935

carton 1, folder 25

Frothingham, Robert 1934-1935

carton 1, folder 26

Gress, Edmund G. 1922-1924

carton 1, folder 27

Hart, Walter Morris 1946

carton 1, folder 28

Henderson, Victor H. 1902-1935

carton 1, folder 29

Hotel del Mar, Pacific Grove, California 1946

carton 1, folder 30

Humphreys, Milton Wylie 1900

carton 1, folder 31

Hyde, Charles Gilman 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 32

Irwin, Mary (Mrs. Frank) 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 33

Jones, Dana H. 1935

carton 1, folder 35

Leupp, Harold Lewis 1934-1946

carton 1, folder 35

McCleave, Thomas C. 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 36

McDuffie, Jean Howard 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 37

Magee, William H. 1934-1946

carton 1, folder 38

Moore, Ernest Carroll 1923-1935

carton 1, folder 39

Moses, Edith 1935-1938

carton 1, folder 40

Nutting, Herbert C. 1923

carton 1, folder 41

Palmer, Elizabeth Day 1929-1939

carton 1, folder 42

Permanente Health Plans 1946

carton 1, folder 43

Perry, Warren Charles 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 44

Petersson, Ruth 1934-1946

carton 1, folder 45

Prentice, William Kelly 1936-1937

carton 1, folder 46

Prescott, Henry Washington 1934-1939

carton 1, folder 47

Richardson, Arthur H. (brother) 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 48

Seares, Frederick Hanley 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 49

Searls, Robert McMurray 1935

carton 1, folder 50

Sedgwick, Kate (Mrs. Charles E.) 1946

carton 1, folder 50

Sedgwick, Kate (Mrs. Charles E.) 1946

carton 1, folder 52

Tatlock, John P. 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 53

Voom [Van Wyck?] 1935-1946

carton 1, folder 54

unidentified 1898-1946

carton 1, folder 55

Outgoing 1910-1939


Subseries 1.2: Course Materials, 1902-1951

Physical Description: carton 1, folders 56-67


Arranged alphabetically.
carton 1, folders 56-61

Education. Principles of Adult Education 1923-1951

carton 1, folders 62-67

Latin 1902, undated


Subseries 1.3: Personalia, 1872-1964

Physical Description: carton 1, folders 68-76, cartons 2-3, carton 4, folders 1-15


Arranged hierarchically then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Subseries has been divided by type of material: Agendas, Biographical Material, Diary-Scrapbooks. The series also contains writings of Leon J. Richardson's wife, Maud Wilkinson Richardson.
carton 1, folder 68

Agendas (Notebooks) 1895-1964

carton 1, folder 69

Autumnal Wreath volume 18 undated

carton 1, folder 70

Biographical Materials 1902-1932

carton 1, folder 71

Biographical Timeline (Notebook) 1899-1911

carton 1, folder 72

Dance card- Second Annual Private Masquerade 1872

carton 1, folders 73-76

Diary-Scrapbooks undated, 1885-1890

carton 2, folders 1-21

Diary-Scrapbooks 1891-1940

carton 3, folders 1-21

Diary-Scrapbooks 1940-1954

carton 4, folders 1-4

Diary-Scrapbooks 1955-1958

carton 4, folders 5-7

Diary-Scrapbooks Miscellany 1891-1962

carton 4, folder 8

Finances 1922-1946

carton 4, folder 9

Retirement Celebration 1938

carton 4, folder 10

Reviews of Richardson's published works 1899-1907

carton 4, folder 11

Maud W. Richardson article- "Summer Days in Spain" 1928

carton 4, folder 12

Maud W. Richardson correspondence undated

carton 4, folder 13

Maud W. Richardson Diary 1901-1905

carton 4, folder 14

Maud W. Richardson Journal entries 1899

carton 4, folder 15

Miscellany 1914-1950


Subseries 1.4: Subject Files, 1886-1984

Physical Description: carton 4, folders 16-23, carton 5, folders 1-21, oversize folder 1


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

The series contains files on general interest subjects such as golf and poetry as well as files on local organizations such as the Berkeley Musical Association.
carton 4, folder 16

Berkeley Faculty Club 1893-1903

carton 4, folder 17

Berkeley Musical Association 1923-1932

carton 4, folders 18-19

California University, Berkeley University Extension undated 1924-1946

carton 4, folder 20

California University. Berkeley- Miscellany undated 1898-1984

oversize-folder 1A

California University. Berkeley- statement upon the death of Thomas G. Masaryk 1937-11-02

carton 4, folder 21

Germany. Berlin. Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat zu Berlin 1895-1902

carton 4, folder 22

Golf 1922-1957

carton 4, folder 23

Horace Festival 1935

carton 5, folder 1

Latin 1889-1950

carton 5, folders 2-6

Metrics of Latin Verse undated 1896-1905

carton 5, folder 7

Michigan. Jackson. Jackson High School Reflector 1886-1891

oversize-folder 1A

Music 1906

carton 5, folder 8

Newspaper Clippings 1901-1951

carton 5, folders 9-11

Ovid's Fasti undated

carton 5, folder 12

Philology 1906

carton 5, folders 13-15

Poetry- clippings 1936-1943

carton 5, folder 16

Poetry- Maud Wilkinson Richardson undated

carton 5, folder 17

Poetry- miscellany undated

carton 5, folders 18-19

Programs and Events 1891-1967

carton 5, folder 20

Prose Quotation Miscellany undated

carton 5, folder 21

Virgil's Georgics 1915-1924


Subseries 1.5: Writings of Leon J. Richardson, 1894-1960

Physical Description: carton 5, folder 22-24, carton 6, box 1, folder 1, oversize folder 1


Arranged hierarchically then alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

The series has been further subdivided into: Articles and Essays, Poetry, and Speeches.
carton 5, folders 22-24

Articles and Essays- A-H 1894-1941

carton 6, folders 1-4

Articles and Essays- I-Z 1894-1941

carton 6, folder 5

Adult Education Journal 1894-1941

carton 6, folder 6

Quintus Horatius Flaccus 1935

carton 6, folder 7

Vindobona undated

carton 6, folder 8

Articles and Essays- untitled undated

carton 6, folders 9-17

Poetry undated

carton 6, folder 18

Carmen Christi Nati Memoriae Sacrum 1934

carton 6, folder 19

Carmina Angelica 1899

carton 6, folders 20-21

Cronies 1934-1935

carton 6, folder 22

Poetical Miscellany 1929

carton 6, folder 23

Sierra Slopes and Summits 1960

carton 6, folder 24

Songs undated

oversize-folder 1

Songs undated

carton 6, folder 25

Speeches 1906-1941

carton 6, folder 26

Notes 1906-1941

box 1, folder 1

Prompt cards 1906-1941


Series 2: Berkeley Club, 1873-1958

Physical Description: box 1, folders 2-8
Language of Material: English


box 1, folder 2

Finances 1934-1948

box 1, folder 3

Historical Materials 1873-1958

box 1, folders 7-8

Letters to Professor Merrill 1895-1897

box 1, folders 4-5

Member biographies undated

box 1, folder 6

Minutes 1934-1948