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Couper, Richard Watrous


Biographical information

Trustee, Hamilton College; Former Provost, Hamilton College; Class of 1944, Hamilton College; President, New York Public Library; President, Watson Foundation. Richard Watrous Couper, born 16 December 1922 in Binghamton, N.Y. Originally enrolled with Hamilton College class of 1944, Couper enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 where he attained the rank of captain during World War II. After finishing his degree at Hamilton in 1947, he earned a master's degree in American History from Harvard University. Along with continuous service as a Hamilton College trustee since 1959, Couper served as administrative vice president of Hamilton College beginning in 1962 and was promoted to acting president and then vice president and provost. Couper later served as the first deputy commissioner for higher education for the New York State Education Department (1969-71), became the first full-time president and chief executive officer of the New York Public Library (1971-81), and served as president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation until 1990. Died January 26, 2006.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

1970 Hamilton/Kirkland papers, misc. publications from Richard Couper

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2007-029
Dates: 1970

Alumni Biographical Material Files Collection

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-182

Hamilton College Presidential Records

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2013-018
Dates: 1949 - 2016

Papers of Richard W. Couper as Provost of Hamilton College

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2001-001

Photograph Collection

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-092
Content Description

Photographs in a variety of formats depicting Hamilton and Kirkland College students, faculty, buildings, activities, athletics, and alumni from the 19th century to the present. Researchers accessing this collection will gain insight into a visual history of Hamilton and Kirkland College.

Dates: 1850-2020; Majority of material found in 1890-1990

Richard W. Couper Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: yhm-arc-2014-005