Preliminary Guide to the Robert Shields Papers circa 1880-2007

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Shields, Robert W.
Preliminary Guide to the Robert Shields Papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1880-2007
112 Linear feet, 97 Boxes
(MASC STAFF USE) MS.1999.38: 4-9-1-1; MS.2000.07: 4-7-4-3; MS.2000.15: 4-7-3-4; MS.2000.37: 4-7-4-4; MS.2001.13: 4-7-3-5; MS.2004.03: 4-7-4-5; MS.2005.14: 4-7-9-3; MS.2007.14: 4-9
Collection materials are in English.
This collection consists of the diary and personal papers of Robert Shields.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Robert Shields Papers, circa 1880-2007 (MSSM.088)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Robert W. Shields was a schoolteacher, businessman, and minister of the First Congregational Church in Dayton, Washington. He kept a diary of his life from 1970 to 1997, recording daily 4000 words of every action, deed, opinion, and thought. The diary ends in 1997, when he suffered a stroke. (Source: Robert and Grace Shields Library Endowment agreement, 1999)

Robert Shields died in 2007.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of the diary and personal papers of Robert Shields. The diary is estimated to contain approximately 37.5 million words. The personal papers include correspondence, memorabilia, and various collected materials.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Arrangement reflects a pre-existing order from the records’ creators or previous custodians.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

As of August 1, 2018, this collection is not yet open for research use. In accordance with the deed of gift, the Washington State University Libraries will not open the collection for research until after the deaths of Robert Shields and his wife, Grace Hotson Shields. Please contact the repository for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Robert Shields and his family donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in eight installments (MS.1999.38, MS.2000.07, MS.2000.15, MS.2000.37, MS.2001.13, MS.2004.03, MS.2005.14, MS.2007.17).

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Names and Subjects

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Shields, Robert W. -- Records and correspondence.


  • Diarists -- Archives.
  • Diaries

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