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Samuel Richey Kamm Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical and Education

Writings

Research / Railroads

Correspondence

Recommendations

Administrative records

Teaching Materials

Washington Seminar

Faculty Committees

Workshops and Conferences

Radio Broadcasts

City of Wheaton

Illinois

Pamphlets

Index Cards



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Samuel Richey Kamm Papers, 1927-1973 | Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: Samuel Richey Kamm Papers, 1927-1973Add to your cart.

ID: SC/089

Primary Creator: Kamm, Samuel Richey (1903-1973)

Extent: 17.0 boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Subjects: Illinois -- History, Kamm, Samuel Richey, 1903-1973, Wheaton (Ill.) -- History, Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty

Forms of Material: Articles., Correspondence, Photographs, Speeches

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Samuel Richey Kamm Papers are categorized according to biographical, professional and civic involvement. The professional material covers various workshops, committees, seminars and departmental/institutional matters, in addition to material relating to the City of Wheaton and the history of Illinois. Hundreds of file cards, featuring a vast array of research topics such as history, political science, culture, bibliographies, foreign affairs and education, are contained in five boxes and one small metal cabinet.

Biographical Note

Dr. S. Richey Kamm was a Wheaton College Professor of History, Political Science, and Social Science for 30 years. He was born in Whitewater, Wisconsin, on July 12, 1903, and grew up in Montfort. He graduated cum laude from Greenville College in 1925 with a major in History and minors in Biology and Greek. Upon graduating, he embarked on his teaching career which would last until he died in 1973. The institutions at which he taught before going to Wheaton were Wessington Springs Junior College (South Dakota), Seattle Pacific College (Washington), Monmouth Junior College (New Jersey), and Haddon Heights High School (New Jersey). While teaching, Dr. Kamm earned an M.A. in History from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving that honor in 1939. His dissertation entitled, “The Civil War Career of Thomas A. Scott, Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad,” is one illustration of his lifelong interest in railroads.

In 1940, Dr. Kamm began teaching at Wheaton College. By 1943, he had advanced from Assistant Professor to full Professor. His major interest was teaching, especially in Constitutional and Diplomatic American history, but he also found time for numerous other involvements both on and off campus. He was an active member of the Commission on Social Action of the National Association of Evangelicals, and he served as Public School Board President. On campus he served on many committees, among them Educational Policies and Curriculum, and Centennial Historical Projects.

During the 1959-1960 year, Dr. Kamm had the opportunity to be a Fulbright lecturer in Dacca, East Pakistan (Bangladesh). He had the distinguished honor of inaugurating a course in American History at Whitworth College, Seattle Pacific College, and Greenville College. He retired from the Wheaton College faculty in 1973. He was in route to Westmont College (California) to take up duties as a guest professor when he died of a heart attack on August 29, 1973.

Many things can be said of Dr. Kamm. He was an outstanding speaker, a brilliant scholar, and dedicated to all he undertook. Moreover, Dr. Kamm was a favorite classroom teacher and a well-loved man. He inspired many students to combine Christianity with their vocation, and many went into the government service with that in mind. Perhaps the highest tribute can be made by repeating what one of Dr. Kamm’s friends said when he died: "He was one of God’s gentlemen, a rare Christian who fused graciousness and scholarship in a beautiful way."

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois -- History
Kamm, Samuel Richey, 1903-1973
Wheaton (Ill.) -- History
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty

Administrative Information

Repository: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 16 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: The date and circumstances of the donation of the collection is uncertain.

Preferred Citation: Samuel Richey Kamm Papers (SC-89), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The S. Richey Kamm papers detail the life and thirty-year career of a Wheaton College Professor of History, Political Science, and Social Science for 30 years. The collection also shows his work as a member of the local public school board, which he served as president.

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Biographical and Education],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Research / Railroads],
[Series 4: Correspondence],
[Series 5: Recommendations],
[Series 6: Administrative records],
[Series 7: Teaching Materials],
[Series 8: Washington Seminar],
[Series 9: Faculty Committees],
[Series 10: Workshops and Conferences],
[Series 11: Radio Broadcasts],
[Series 12: City of Wheaton],
[Series 13: Illinois],
[Series 14: Pamphlets],
[Series 15: Index Cards],
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Series 8: Washington SeminarAdd to your cart.
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Folder 6: Washington Seminar Room, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Washington Seminar Room, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Washington Seminar Room, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Washington Seminar Room, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Washington Seminar Room, 1961Add to your cart.
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Folder 12: Washington Seminar Room, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Washington Seminar Room, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Washington Seminar Room, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Washington Seminar Room, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Washington Semester, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Washington Semester, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Washington Semester, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Washington Semester, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 20: PicturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: canister of microfilm - contents unknownAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical and Education],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Research / Railroads],
[Series 4: Correspondence],
[Series 5: Recommendations],
[Series 6: Administrative records],
[Series 7: Teaching Materials],
[Series 8: Washington Seminar],
[Series 9: Faculty Committees],
[Series 10: Workshops and Conferences],
[Series 11: Radio Broadcasts],
[Series 12: City of Wheaton],
[Series 13: Illinois],
[Series 14: Pamphlets],
[Series 15: Index Cards],
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