Donald Oakley Robson

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Title: Donald Oakley Robson
Dates of Material:
5 cm of textual records
2 photographs: b&w
Biographical sketch

Donald Oakley Robson (1905–1976) was an academic. He was born in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. He married Rhena Kendrick in 1931. He died in Toronto.

Robson received a B.A. at Victoria College, Toronto, in 1928, and an M.A. in 1929 and a Ph.D. in 1932 at the University of Toronto. He was appointed Professor at the University of Western Ontario, London (1930–47). In 1947 he became Associate Professor of Latin at Victoria College, where he was promoted to Professor (1956–75), and to Chairman of the Department of Classics (1960–71). He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1975.

Robson received the Edward Wilson Gold Medal in Classics, Victoria College, in 1928. His publications include: The Samnites in the Po Valley (1934) and The Nationality of the Poet Caecilius Statius (1938).

Custodial history

The custodial history is unknown.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of Donald Oakley Robson’s records pertaining to his academic career and to his personal life. The fonds includes correspondence with academics and editors; articles and reviews; an (annotated) copy of his thesis, The Samnites in the Po Valley (1932); (annotated) lectures; notes, addresses and memorials; photographs; material about Robson including two essays by Rhena Kendrick and an in memoriam.

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Immediate source of acquisition

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Access points

Provenance access point: Robson, Donald Oakley, 1905–1976
Names as subject access points: Kendrick, Rhena
Subject access points: History, Ancient Samnites