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Richard O. Hathaway papers, 1951-1990
Hathaway, Richard O., 1934-2005.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 439  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Hathaway, Richard O., 1934-2005.
Title : Richard O. Hathaway papers, 1951-1990 1950-1955.
Physical Description : 1 linear foot.
Summary :

The collection consists mainly of Richard O. Hathaway's class notes and papers while a student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, 1951-1955. Also included are examination papers, academic writings, extra-curricular interests, and miscellaneous related papers. Finally, there are several papers from his tenure as board member at the T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont, 1987-1990. While there is little in the collection of a personal nature, there is much that depicts Hathaway's intellectual life as a developing scholar and thinker.

The first series consists of class lecture notes, examination papers and other related papers from 18 of Hathaway's undergraduate courses while at Bates College, 1951-1955. They are arranged alpha-numerically by subject and course level as well as could be determined. In a few instances, class notes or exams are present which do not appear to have been written by Hathaway.

The second series consists of three major academic papers in draft form written by Hathaway, all undated and unsigned, including outlines and notes. A paper on pre-Hitler Germany is believed to be his Bates Senior Thesis. The other two papers, one on the Truman-Dewey election of 1948 and one on Arnold Toynbee's view of history, cannot be definitively placed in time or space, but the handwriting identifies them as Hathaway's work.

The third series contains miscellaneous papers from Hathaway's Bates College years. One group illustrates Hathaway's extra-curricular interest in debating and world affairs. Also found in this series are the few papers of a more personal nature in the form of letters, resolutions, and notes to himself. Copies of Hathaway's original folder covers containing notations have been included in this series.

The fourth series consists of papers related to Hathaway's tenure as member of the board of the T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont, 1987-1990, including his reports on the annual auction, correspondence, and T. W. Wood Art Gallery financial information.

Biographical or historical data :

Richard Oliver Hathaway was born on April 13, 1934, in Boston, Massachusetts, the middle child of Lloyd Arnold and Florence Bliss (Ives) Hathaway. Richard Hathaway attended Bates College from 1951 until he graduated in 1955 with a bachelor's degree cum laude in history. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Hathaway entered Northwestern University in Chicago for his doctoral degree in history. He was awarded a master's degree in 1956, having been unable to produce an acceptable doctoral thesis on John Davis Long of Maine, Secretary of the Navy under President McKinley. He then taught at Bowdoin College in Maine and did a stint in the peace movement in Boston before arriving in Vermont in 1965 to teach at Goddard College in Plainfield. In his 40-odd years of teaching in the Adult Degree program at Goddard and Vermont Colleges, he attracted a large following among his students and colleagues. In 2004 he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by The Union Institute & University which at that time owned Vermont College. He authored more than 300 articles, essays, book reviews, and commentaries and served as a humanities scholar with the Vermont Humanities Council, president of the Vermont Labor History Society, and trustee of the Vermont Historical Society.

"Dick" Hathaway was known locally as a "larger-than-life kind of person." He was described in obituaries as out-going, generous, energetic, inspiring, compassionate, intelligent, funny, charismatic, a social activist, a champion of the underdog, a mentor, "a gifted lecturer, noted historian and 'public intellectual'," and an ardent collector of books, printed materials and artifacts. His office at Vermont College was legendary, so filled with books and papers that the Montpelier Fire Department considered it a fire hazard. His fund-raising work as a witty auctioneer made him a popular figure in the greater community as well.

Dick Hathaway and his wife, Ruth, had two children, Sarah and David, plus two children from Ruth's previous marriage, Peter Wires and Nancy Wires Cunningham. They made their home in Montpelier, Vermont where Dick Hathaway died on September 3, 2005, at the age of 71.

Corporate Subject : Bates College Lewiston, Me. Students.
T.W. Wood Art Gallery.
Subject Term : College students Maine Lewiston.
Genre/Form : Lecture notes.
Examinations Documents
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.