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

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Source
Shields, Robert W. Shields, Robert W.
Title
Preliminary Guide to the Robert Shields Papers
ID
MSSM.088
Date [inclusive]
circa 1880-2007
Extent
112 linear feet 97 boxes.
Location
(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.
Language
Collection materials are in English.
Abstract
This collection consists of the diary and personal papers of Robert Shields.

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Biography/History

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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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2018-08-01

https://libraries.wsu.edu/masc/

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA

509-335-6691

mascref@wsu.edu

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 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).

Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Shields, Robert W.
  • Shields, Robert W.

Subject(s)

  • Diarists--Archives
  • Diaries

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