The John Robinson collection consists of printed material, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, legal material, and memorabilia.
Printed material in the collection includes articles and booklets. Articles date from the late 1960s to the early 1990s from newspapers such as the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Boston Globe articles written by Robinson are mostly from the early 1990s. Also included is a playbill from the Colonial Theatre, autographed by Lena Horne.
Photographs in the collection include color and black and white prints. Several prints depict Robinson at professional events. Other photographs relate to Robinson’s Globe articles. Also included are photographs of Senator Edward Brooke, Barbara Bush, Prince Charles, the Kennedy Family, and Lech Wałęsa.
Manuscripts in the collection include articles and essays. Articles include drafts of several untitled articles and one titled “New Hope for Drug Addicts.” Essays include several of Robinson’s college essays.
Correspondence in the collection dates from the 1970s to the early 1990s and includes professional and personal correspondence. Notable correspondents include Senator Edward Brooke and the Department of the Navy.
Professional material in the collection includes Robinson’s Boston Globe identification cards as well as press passes to U.S. Senate and House News Galleries.
Legal material in the collection includes passports and University of Massachusetts student identification cards from 1964 to 1968. Memorabilia in the collection includes military certificates awarded to Robinson.