Guide to the James Richard Rutland Collection, RG 70

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003

Date Span:

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.

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