AUBURN UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
Guide to the James Richard Rutland Collection, RG 70
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003
4.75 cubic feet.
Number of Boxes:
4 record center boxes.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
James Richard Rutland, son of John Blake and
Eugenia (Askew) Rutland, was born in Fredonia., Alabama in 1879. He received a Bachelor (1900) and
Master of Science degrees (1901) from Alabama Polytechnic Institute; a Bachelor of Arts
degree (1903-1904) from Harvard, and did further study (summers 1908-1910) at the University of Chicago.
He taught at API between 1900 and 1901, was principal of Wylam School in Alabama from 1901 to 1902), and
taught at Memphis Military Institute from 1902 to 1903. Returning to API, he taught English and Math from
1904 to 1905, served as librarian from 1905 to 1915 and also as associate professor of English between
1908 and 1912. In 1913, he directed the first summer school program at API. His professional activities
also included president of the Alahama Association of English Teachers, county high school board
inspector, member of the Alabama reading circle, and vice-president of the Alabama
Library Association. He edited Irvings Tales of a Traveler and the Auburn Alumnus, and
wrote Old Testament Stories. Community activities included membership in Knights of Pythias,
Democratic Partv, Methodist Church, and founder of Auburn Little Theater. He died in Auburn in 1948.
Scope and Content:
Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, lecture and
research notes, genealogocal information, Alabama Polytechnic Institute English Department records,
pamphlets and miscellaneous materials produced or acquired by James Richard Rutland. Most of the items in
the collection relate to Rutland's career as Professor of English at Auburn.
A. Biographical and Geneological Information
1. Autobiographical sketch
2. Reminiscenses of father
1. 2 bankbooks
2. Bills of Mrs. Osmo (Hulda Rutland) Smith
A. General Correspondence, 1917-1944
ADDITIONS RECEIVED: July, 1981
1. Letters, 1917 -1944
B. English Department
2. Postcards, 1934-1939
1. Rutland's acceptance of Appointment and Teacher
2. Retirement Form
3. Department Reports, 1914-1920, 1935-36
4. Department memorandums
5. English Instruction at API
6. Curricula from other schools
7. Teaching Methods
8. Comments on Higher Education
9. Correspondence Course
10. API English Course Requirements
1. By Rutland
D. Class Preparation
a. "Emerson's Theory of Composition"
2. Collected information
b. John H. Parnell (correspondence., notes, bankdraft signed by Parnell 1889)
c. Notes on roses
a. "Biography of Jeremiah Clemens"
3. City of Auburn
b. "Reminiscenses of Birmingham"
c. "Mobile writers of the American Period Following 1813"
d. "Florida Newspapers before 1645"
a. Little Theatre of Auburn
4. History of Alabama Polytechnic Institute
a. Correspondence of Alumni regarding History of Literary Societies at API
c. Literary Societies
d. Contents of Dr. William Carter Stubbs Papers (Collection at William & Mary College)
e. Correspondence relating to the Leroy S. Boyd Collection
1. Rutland's lecture notes (Alphabetical by author and general subject)
2. Typed copies of reviews and articles
3. Grade book and class record
1. Newspaper and magazine clippings primarily about authors (seeregister for listings).
G. Programs (Banquets., plays, etc.)
1. Alabama Association of English Teachers
I. Alumni Affairs
2. Contemporary Ala:oama Authors
1. Class of 1900 - Records, addresses, biographical forms
J. Photographs (44)
2. Correspondence of Class of 1900 Reunion, 1937, 1939
3. Class of 1898, Class of 1899 - membership lists
Mostly of API; 1 of Rutland (see separation sheet)
K. Scrapbooks (3)
1. Scrapbook (poor condition) containing information about High School Debating Union (1916-1923); and
Auburn University (1888-1931); loose items (API) separated.
2. "Memories" scrapbook (purple) contains newspaper articles about API (history of API - centennial
3. Scrapbook (black) containing poetry selections clipped from newspapers and magazines
1. By Rutland
d. Redford's "The Play of Wit and Science"
e. "Burns' Attitude to nature"
f. "The Caedmon controversy"
g. "Charles James rox"
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