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Richard B. Sheridan papers

Call Number: RH MS 1468


The Richard B. Sheridan collection contains correspondence, academic writings (both of Dr. Sheridan and other authors), newspaper clippings, magazines, photographs, and University of Kansas course-related materials during his time as a professor at KU. A majority of the collection is centered around Dr. Sheridan's written works.


  • 1906 - 2005


Conditions Governing Access

No access restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Richard B. Sheridan

Dr. Richard B. Sheridan was born in Emporia, Kansas, on February 10, 1918. He would go on to receive a Bachelors of Science in commerce from Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) in 1940, a Masters of Education in 1947 from the University of Kansas, and receive his Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of London in 1951. Sheridan taught as a high school teacher in 1940 to 1941, taught at the University of Kansas from 1952-1988, becoming a full professor in 1963 and receiving emeritus status in 1988, and was a visiting professor at The College of the Virgin Islands (1971) and The University of the West Indies, Trinidad (1987).

Sheridan has received numerous honors and grants, being a Fulbright Reseach Scholar and receiving a grant from the National Institutes of Health (Nih), amongst other awards. He has published over 50 papers and manuscripts, his major area of research and study focusing on the slave trade in the Caribbean. During his retirement, Sheridan studied and wrote much about Kansas history. Books Sheridan wrote include but are not limited to Sugar and Slavery, Doctors and Slaves, and Freedom's Crucible.

Dr. Richard Sheridan married Audrey Marion Sheridan, and had two children named Richard David Sheridan and Margaret Anne Sheridan. Sheridan also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946, achieving the rank of Lieutenant and serving on the Uss Kretchmer. Richard B. Sheridan passed away in April 2002.


3.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 2 oversize folders)


This collection has been organized into six series: Academic writings; Professional correspondence; materials related to William Quantrill's 1863 raid on Lawrence, Kansas; materials related to the Uss Ketchmer, which Sheridan served on during World War Ii; Research and teaching records; and Photographs. Materials related to certain topics--such as Kansas history or the history of slavery in the Caribbean--may appear across multiple series. Photographs have been physically separated from textual materials and are located at RH MS-P 1468; oversize photographs are at RH MS-P 1468(f). Oversize textual materials have also been physically separated and are located at RH MS R439.

Physical Location

RH MS 1468

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1468

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1468(f)

Physical Location

RH MS R439

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Richard Sheridan, Jr, 2016.

Related Materials

Personal papers of Richard B. Sheridan, PP 41, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Richard B. Sheridan Collection
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Richard B. Sheridan papers, RH MS 1468, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States