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Richard A. Cordell papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 17, Placement: 21
Identifier: MSF 76

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one folder, which contains a short biography on Richard Cordell, an Agricultural Extension Service Bulletin written by him, and catalog records for the books he authored/edited.


  • 1931 - 1961


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

Richard A. Cordell was born July 1, 1896, in Bloomington, Indiana. Cordell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (A.B) from Indiana University in 1917, followed by his Master of Arts (A.M.) in 1925, also from Indiana University. Cordell studied at the University of London from 1930-31.

Cordell began working as a professor at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1919. There he was named as the George Ade Professor of English. Cordell was a Lecturer in Japan and Formosa in 1962 and 1964, respectively. Cordell was a member of the Parlor Club in Lafayette, Indiana.

His writings included:

(Editor) Representative Modern Plays, Nelson, 1929.

Henry Arthur Jones and the Modern Drama, Richard R. Smith, 1932.

(Coeditor with Frank W. Chandler) Twentieth Century Plays, T. Nelson, 1934, revised edition published as Twentieth Century Plays, American, T. Nelson, 1939, revised edition published as Twentieth Century Plays, T. Nelson, 1941, 3rd edition (in multi-volumes) as Twentieth Century Plays, American: Eight Representative Selections, edited by Cordell alone, Ronald Press, 1947, and Twentieth Century Plays, British, American, Continental: Eleven Representative Selections, edited by Cordell alone, Ronald Press, 1947.

W. Somerset Maugham, Nelson, 1937.

(Editor) Twentieth Century Plays, three volumes, American, British, and Continental, Ronald, 1941-47.

(Editor) Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, Vintage Books, 1956.

(With Lowell Marson) Off-Broadway Theatre, Random, 1959.

Somerset Maugham: A Biographical and Critical Study, Indiana University Press, 1961, 2nd edition published as Somerset Maugham: A Writer for All Seasons: A Biographical and Critical Study, Indiana University Press, 1969.

(Editor) Husbands and Wives, Pyramid Books, 1963.

(Editor) The Sinners, Pyramid Books, 1964.

Cordell died July 1986, in Lafayette, Indiana.
Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. />


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The papers have been placed into an acid-free folder and an acid-free box.
Richard A. Cordell papers
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2010-09-07.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-13: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States