Heritage, 2011, Volume 3 Page: 15
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Volume 3 2011 I TEXASHERITAGE 15
No A rmnehair HIistorian
By Olivia J. Olmsted
When Dr. Lacy Hunt describes his cousin, the late Dr. Rupert
Richardson, noted author, researcher, and preservationist, he
is quick to point out that "Rupert was not an armchair histo-
rian. " He goes on to explain that Richardson, who spent more
than half a century in the classroom as a professor at Har-
din-Simmons University in Abilene, was actively engaged in
field study. "Keep in mind, "Hunt notes, "that this was a time
[the mid-1900s] when research was more difficult and time-
consuming. Rupert visited county courthouses and searched the
musty old files of long-ago newspapers. He walked battlefields
and traveled along the old roads that previous generations had
trod. When the opportunity arose, he conducted personal in-
terviews of aging participants of important events. " Richard-
son's old-fashioned, active participation in the accumulation
of knowledge informed the lives of the thousands of students-
and the fruits of his painstaking efforts continue to make an
impact on the state's historical record today.
Dr. Rupert Richardson was a noted historian, researcher, educator,
university administrator, and preservationist. Photograph by Bill Wright.
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