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Theodore D. Lockwood Papers

Identifier: Theodore Lockwood papers


The Papers of Theodore D. Lockwood contain correspondence (personal and official), publications, lectures, newspapers, and ephemera, related to the term of Theodore D. Lockwood as President of Trinity College (1968-1981).


  • 1968-1981

Conditions Governing Access

The processed portion of the collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Theodore D. Lockwood was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, on December 5, 1924. In 1944 he enrolled at Trinity College. While a student, he lettered in football, held numerous leadership roles, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also graduated as valedictorian in 1948. Twenty years later, Lockwood was asked to serve as Trinity College’s President.

Lockwood ensured Trinity College became co-educational. In 1969 during his second semester as president, the board of trustees and he allowed female students from Vassar College to transfer to Trinity. Four students quickly transferred. The following year, female students were officially admitted and the first four women graduated from Trinity College. Lockwood also diversified Trinity College’s Faculty and Administration. He increased the number of women and people of color within the college’s staff, thereby helping to ensure a difference in gender and ethnicity at Trinity College. Due to President Lockwood’s persistence to enact admission reforms, Trinity College is now co-educational and 50% of its student body are female.

In January of 1982 Lockwood moved to New Mexico, where he became the founding president of United World College. On January 21, 2019, Lockwood passed away peacefully at his home in Stowe, Vermont, at the age of 94.


42 Cubic Feet (1 record carton, 1 flat archival box, and 41 records cartons (offsite))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Peter J. Knapp, Reference Librarian and College Archivist of Trinity College, collected many of these files during his tenure at Trinity from 1965 to 2014.

Processing Information

In 2020, one box of the Theodore D. Lockwood papers was grouped together and opened to research, from among the archival materials collected by archivist Peter J. Knapp sometime between 1994 and 2009, when the last box inventory was revised. However, the majority of boxes remain closed to research until further processing has occurred.

Guide to the Theodore D. Lockwood papers
In Progress
College Archivist Eric C. Stoykovich
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Trinity College Archives Repository

Watkinson Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford CT 06106 USA