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Charles R. Richards papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 199

Scope and Contents

A list of publications by Charles R. Richards, along with some of the articles written by him.


  • 1910 - 1922


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright use information

Material in this collection is in the public domain. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Charles Russ Richards was born in Clarks Hill, Indiana, on March 23, 1871. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, earning his bachelor's degree in 1890 and his masters degree in 1891. Later, he would be awarded honorary doctoral degrees in engineering from both Purdue and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

From 1891-1892, Charles served as an instructor in mechanical engineering at the Colorado Agriculture College (now Colorado State University). In 1892, Charles moved to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he would hold several positions, including: professor of manual training (1892-1895), director of the School of Mechanic Arts (1896-1898), and professor of mechanical engineering (1898-1911). He would also serve as Associate Dean (1907-1909) and Dean of Engineering (1909-1911) at Nebraska, and oversaw the construction of the Mechanical Engineering Laboratories (1909-1911).

In 1911, Charles accepted a position at the University of Illinois as professor of mechanical engineering. He was made acting dean of the College of Engineering in 1913, and in 1917 was named dean of the College of Engineering and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.

Charles left the University of Illinois in 1922 to become the president of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He served as president until 1935, when he was forced to retire due to poor health.

The Purdue Alumni Association presented Charles with the distinguished alumni award in 1940. He died of illness in his home in Minneapolis on April 18, 1941.


0.05 Cubic Feet (Two folders)

Arrangement Note

Charles R. Richards papers
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Mary A. Sego and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2012-01-08.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-31: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella
  • 2024-02-05: Biographical information note updated by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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