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John S. Robotham papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll 437

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of an unpublished manuscript written by Robotham, From Kingsbridge to Tottenville: Books for the Use of the People , a work that details the history of the New York Public Library system. This collection also contains two, 16 mm copies of Mr. Robotham's kinetic poem, Witches Brew , and paper versions of this work and several other of Mr. Robotham's kinetic poems.


  • 1977


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

John Stanley Robotham was born in New Hampshire on February 12, 1924 to Reginald and Edna Strang Robotham, of England and New Jersey respectively. He served during World War II in the Army Air Force weather service, and graduated from the City University of New York and Columbia Library School. After graduation, Mr. Robothan worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library; his unpublished work, From Kingsbridge to Tottenville: Books for the Use of the People , is evidence of his interest in the history of the branch libraries of the New York Public Library. Mr. Robotham moved to Eugene in the 2000, where he became a member and fellow of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. He passed away in Eugene on September 9, 2005.


1.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 flat file box )

Language of Materials



John Stanley Robotham (1924-2005) was an American poet and author. His papers consist of a draft of an unpublished manuscript, paper copies of several of his kinetic poems, and two, 16 mm copies of his kinetic poem, Witches Brew.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John Robotham.

General Physical Description note

1 manuscript box, 1 flat file box

Processing Information

Collection processed by Rachel Lilley.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the John S. Robotham Papers
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Rachel Lilley.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA