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Robert Swanton Platt papers

Call Number: MS 1675

Scope and Contents

The Robert S. Platt Papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, and memorabilia which pertain to Platt's travels in Russia and China and to his teaching experiences (1914-1915) at the Yale-in-China School (Ya-li), a college and hospital in Changsha, China.


  • 1913-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1913 - 1919


Language of Materials

The papers are in English and Chinese.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Robert Swanton Platt has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert S. Platt, Jr., 1994. Gift of Nancy G. Platt, 2006.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 folio)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Robert Swanton Platt's travels in Russia and China, and his teaching career with Yale-in-China.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Swanton Platt was born in Columbus, Ohio, on December 4, 1891. He graduated from Yale University in 1914. Platt taught at the Yale Collegiate School in Changsha, China, until 1915. Platt then entered the University of Chicago and obtained his Ph.D. in 1920

Platt served in World War I as a Captain in the 82nd Infantry and in World War II with the State Department and as Chief of the Map Division at the Library of Congress. Upon discharge from the service in 1918, Platt joined the faculty of the University of Chicago and taught until his retirement in 1957 as chairman of the geography department.

Platt, recognized as an expert on Latin America, had served as past president of the Association of American Geographers and as editor of its official publication, Annals, until his death on March 1, 1964.

Taken from: Yale Alumni Magazine, 1964 May.

Guide to the Robert Swanton Platt Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Carol King and Dan Ly
January 1995
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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