Rupert N. Richardson: The Man and His Works. By Katharyn Duff
et al. (Abilene: Hardin-Simmons University, 1971. Pp. 51. Bib-
liography. $5.50 cloth, $2.50 paperback.)
For sixty-four years Rupert N. Richardson has contributed richly
to the academic world as a student, teacher, researcher, author, school
administrator, and editor. Interspersed during these decades, he has
found time to make worthwhile contributions to his state and local
community through his civic and religious activities.
Katharyn Duff of the Abilene Reporter News has written a brief
but cogent biographical sketch of Richardson the man, highlighting
his youth, educational preparation, and academic achievements. His
advanced degrees were earned at the University of Texas, Austin,
where he also served eight summer terms, two semesters, and one
academic year on the faculty. The remainder of his fifty-plus years as
a teacher and university administrator were at Hardin-Simmons Uni-
versity, with one summer term at the University of Oklahoma. Today,
in his eightieth year, he is still teaching with the rank of Distinguished
Professor of History at Hardin-Simmons University.
A list of works of this eminent historian, including both his publica-
tions and the theses he has directed, has been compiled by Elizabeth
A. Gatlin and Calvin C. Turpin of the Hardin-Simmons University
Library. They do not pretend that the list is exhaustive or definitive.
In addition to numerous articles, his scholarship has produced such
high quality books as The Comanche Barrier to the South Plains Set-
tlement; Texas: The Lone Star State; The Frontier of Northwest Texas;
and Colonel Edward M. House: The Texas Years. His publications are
listed chronologically. A more usable arrangement would have been
according to types, such as articles, books, book reviews, and edited
works. The list of thirty-three theses which Richardson directed does
not include those he supervised at the University of Texas.
The last section of this short volume, compiled by Charles R. Rich-
ardson, director of public information at Hardin-Simmons University,
includes a list of thirty-nine awards and honors bestowed upon Rich-
ardson through the years.
Rupert N. Richardson: The Man and His Works is a modest tribute
to a man who has been a worthy example for historians of the South-
west in general and Texas in particular. Few will equal the quality
and quantity of his publications.
Angelo State University
ESCAL F. DUKE
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101201/. Accessed October 1, 2014.