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Robert W. Babcock papers

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Robert W. Babcock papers, 1920-1961 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1920-1939

Primary Creator: Babcock, Robert Weston (1893-1963)

Extent: 0.8 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Rough chronological order

Date Acquired: 10/05/2011

Subjects: Purdue University--Faculty, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Criticism and interpretation

Forms of Material: Articles, Lecture notes

Languages: English

Abstract

Lecture notes and publications written by Robert W. Babcock, documenting his tenure as an English professor with a Shakespearean specialty.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Robert W. Babcock papers (1920-1961; 0.8 cubic foot) contain numerous lecture notes on Shakespearean plays, along with margin notations by Professor Babcock.  The lecture notes are a rich example of Babcock’s engaging teaching style.  There are also publications edited by Babcock, who was the first editor for Purdue University.

Collection Historical Note

Robert W. Babcock was born in 1893 in Chicago, Illinois.  He attended the Hill School, Williams College, and University of Michigan.  In 1917 Babcock received the LLB degree from Northwestern University.  He practiced law in Arizona and homesteaded as a rancher in Arizona.  Babcock then joined the American Extension University for a few months.  In 1920 he joined the Purdue faculty as an instructor in English.

In 1927 Professor Robert W. Babcock became the first university editor, on a part-time basis, and soon was engaged on a project close to President Elliott’s heart, the preparation of the University Code.  The first edition of Part I of the Code, which dealt with legal matters, was issued in the fall of 1927, and Babcock then worked through years of faculty and board of trustee minutes preparing Part II, “Regulations for the Internal Administration of the University,” for publication in 1929.

On February 1, 1963 he went on terminal leave of absence, and would have retired as Professor Emeritus of English on June 30, 1963.

He was known as the Shakespearean scholar and ex-cowboy.  He was the author of several books and many articles and reviews.  For many years he taught very popular courses in Shakespeare.

Biographical Note

Robert Weston Babcock was born in 1893 in Chicago, Illinois.  He attended the Hill School, Williams College, and University of Michigan.  In 1917 Babcock received the LLB degree from Northwestern University.  He practiced law in Arizona and homesteaded as a rancher in Arizona.  Babcock then joined the American Extension University for a few months.  In 1920 he joined the Purdue faculty as an instructor in English.

In 1927 Professor Robert W. Babcock became the first university editor, on a part-time basis, and soon was engaged on a project close to President Elliott’s heart, the preparation of the University Code.  The first edition of Part I of the Code, which dealt with legal matters, was issued in the fall of 1927, and Babcock then worked through years of faculty and board of trustee minutes preparing Part II, “Regulations for the Internal Administration of the University,” for publication in 1929.  During his tenure at Purdue, he would occasionally read Shakespeare on Saturday mornings on the local public radio station.

On February 1, 1963 he went on terminal leave of absence, and would have retired as Professor Emeritus of English on June 30, 1963.

He was known as the Shakespearean scholar and ex-cowboy.  He was the author of several books and many articles and reviews.  For many years he taught very popular courses in Shakespeare.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue University--Faculty
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Criticism and interpretation

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 manuscript boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University per deed of gift.

Acquisition Source: Edith E. Babcock

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: MSF 21, Robert W. Babcock papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All material has been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.  The collection is arranged by type of material and then chronologically.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by E. Wilkinson 11/4/2011


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