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Dr. Ralph A. Rossum Papers

Identifier: CA-000105

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Ralph Rossum Papers document Rossum’s tenure as president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1991 to 1992 along with some documents relating to his previous position as dean of faculty at Claremont McKenna College. Primarily dating between 1988-1992, the collection includes documents related to his acceptance and inauguration as president of Hampden-Sydney, some correspondence and miscellaneous items from his short time as president, and items related to his departure as president with some information about him post-departure.


  • 1988/1992

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use upon request.

Use of These Materials

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Biographical / Historical Note

Dr. Ralph A. Rossum earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has authored several books on the subject of Constitutionalism. Rossum served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Loyola University of Chicago, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College, and as President of Hampden-Sydney College for nine months between 1991 and 1992. Dr. Rossum is currently the Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Professor of American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College. He is also a member of the faculty of Claremont Graduate University.


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The collection is arranged chronologically according to subject.

Processing Information

Processed by: James Stanton Camp, 2021 April.
Dr. Ralph A. Rossum Papers
James Stanton Camp
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Repository Details

Part of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Hampden-Sydney College
Walter M. Bortz III Library
P.O. Box 7
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 United States
(434) 223-7225