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Jeffrey Richards Papers

Collection ID: RG 17-3B6

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the professional life of Jeffrey Richards and his work in the English Department at Old Dominion University. This collection consists of articles and essays written by Richards, lecture notes, correspondence, course listings, and syllabi.


  • 1972-2011, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/12/2011



9.60 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Biographical or Historical Information

Jeffrey H. Richards was a professor and eminent scholar of English at Old Dominion University. During his nineteen years at Old Dominion, Richards taught early and 19th century American literature and American drama and served two terms as department chair. He received the university's Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2011. Richards was born on December 4, 1948 in Libertyville, Illinois to Fenton Omar and Betty Quantz Richards. He graduated with bachelor's degree in English from Yale University in 1971 and received a doctorate in American literature and drama from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. Prior to joining the Old Dominion University faculty in 1992, Richards taught at Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lakeland College, and Beijing Normal University. Besides teaching, Richards wrote numerous essays and articles, as well as authored publications on American literature and drama. His areas of research were on Calvinism in the Colonial South, early American literature, and American drama. Richards died on May 30, 2011 at the age of 62 after a long battle with brain cancer. The conference room for the university's English Department located on the fifth floor of the Batten Arts and Letters Building has been re-dedicated as the Jeffrey H. Richards Conference Room. References: “Jeffrey Richards, Department Chair and Eminent Professor, Literature.” Bross, Kristina; Sweet Timothy. “In Memoriam: Jeffrey H. Richards.” Early American Literature, Vol. 47. No. 1, 2012, pp. 257-260.  [url=][/url] “In Memoriam, Jeffrey H. Richards.” The Scrivener: The Alumni Newsletter of the ODU English Department. “Memorial Service is June 5 for Professor Jeffrey Richards.”  News @ Old Dominion. May 26, 2011.

Note written by Kathleen Smith

Language of Materials



This collection documents the professional life of Jeffrey Richards and his development of the English Department at Old Dominion University.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into four series: Series I: Personal Education Materials; Series II: Professional and Departmental Materials; Series III: ODU Course Materials; and Series IV: Research and Writing.

Source of Acquisition

Gift from the Estate of Jeffrey Richards

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

The collection was processed by Joseph Smith in July 2013.

A Guide to the Jeffrey Richards Papers
Joseph Smith, July 2013; Kathleen Smith, August 2014; Mel Frizzell, June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU University Archives Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US