Richter, Conrad (1890-1968)
Scope:
The Conrad Richter collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and other items.

Manuscripts by Richter in the collection (all published by Knopf) include Early Americana and Other Stories (1936); Always Young and Fair (1947); The Mountain On the Desert: A Philosophical Journey (1955), in several drafts and versions, accompanied by two incomplete drafts of a letter to Alfred A. Knopf, dated July 21 and July 22, 1950; and A Simple Honorable Man (1962). The collection also includes page proofs for the large-type edition of The Light in the Forest (1953).

The majority of the letters in the Richter collection consist of professional correspondence with his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. There are several letters written between 1936-1964; many of these letters are addressed to William Cole. Also present is a letter from Nathan Barr, the President of Temple University, dated Feb. 24, 1966, shortly after Temple honored Richter with an honorary degree. The remaining correspondence in the collection is personal, and dates from 1946 to 1968.

Printed matter in the collection includes numerous clippings of articles and reviews, dating from 1936 to 1969. Other printed items in the collection include programs and tickets from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters events from 1959 and 1981; and Temple University Founder’s Day and Mid-Year Commencement items regarding Richter’s award of an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree (1966), including a program of the ceremony, a newspaper clipping, a citation read by Frances B. Rauch, and Richter’s Honorary Degree certificate.

Other material in the collection includes a Doctor of Law Hood from Temple University, a membership button from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Richter’s pipe, and one photograph of Richter, signed by him on the verso.
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Notable Figures
1. Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Authors, American
3. American literature--20th century
4. Fiction