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Robbins Winslow papers

Identifier: TCA-1997-001

Scope and Contents

The Robbins Winslow papers comprise three series of materials related to Winslow's employment as Dean for Educational Services at Trinity College (Hartford) and span the dates 1967 to 1996. As dean, Winslow oversaw the creation and production of Trinity's academic calendars, evaluated and approved transfer credits, coordinated the Trinity-High School Seminar Program, and directed domestic and international study exchange programs. Administrative files in the first series include correspondence, notes, and other materials pertaining to a broad range of files Winslow created during the course of his day to day work at Trinity. Of interest is an office user manual generated in 1986 for use with Trinity's administrative data systems. Though outdated, it provides insight into the depths of computing processes at the time.

The Exchange Program files contain materials related to colleges, universities, and organizations with whom Trinity College had a working relationship, both domestically and internationally. Of interest are files on Makerere University in Uganda, in which can be found a Trinity exchange student's interpretations of life at Makerere. Files also include print publications from Makerere such as course catalogues and view books. Also notable are materials related to Trinity's exchange program with Vassar College when both institutions were not yet coeducational (1968-1969), and which served as an experiment on the feasibility of coeducation at Trinity.

The Trinity Committee files contain correspondence, minutes, and reports related to various committees on which Winslow served while at Trinity. Committees include: Academic Affairs; Academic Computer Usage; Curriculum; Independent Study; Long Range Planning; ROTC; and Trinity College Council.


  • Creation: 1967-1996


Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains restricted material. Individual folders may be vetted by the College Archives staff prior to accessing material. Up to an additional two weeks' advance notice is required before access may be granted.

The collection 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 to researchers, 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 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

Nathaniel Robbins Winslow Jr. was born June 13, 1935. He graduated Highland Park High School in New Jersey and then attended Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut), where he received a B.A. in History in 1957. As a Trinity student, Winslow was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the track team, Delta Phi fraternity, and the Canterbury Club. He also served on the staffs of the Trinity Tripod and Trinity Review. In 1963, Winslow earned an advanced degree in divinity from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church and served two churches in New Jersey.

Winslow began working as assistant director in the development office at Trinity College in 1966. In 1969, he was appointed Dean of Educational Services, which included the directorship of exchange programs with other colleges and universities both in the United States and abroad. Winslow was also responsible for preparation of the academic calendar, the Watson Fellowship program, incoming exhange student applications and advising, and report preparation for federal, state, and outside agencies. In 1991, Winslow was recognized for 25 years of service to Trinity College.

Robbins Winslow died October 27, 2021 in Naples, Florida.


3 Cubic Feet (3 records center cartons with letter-size folders and 2 legal-size folders) ; 1 box (16.25 in. x 13 in. x 10.5 in.) equals 1 cubic foot ("cubic foot" defined in SAA Dictionary)

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The collection is arranged in three series with files listed alphabetically.

Series 1. Administrative files

Series 2. Exchange Program files

Series 3. Trinity College Committee files

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was received April 29, 1997. 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. Trinity Professor Glenn Weaver may have also collected some of these materials.

Related Materials

A separate collection of materials on the 'Open Semester Program' was sent to the College Archivist Peter Knapp sometime before January 1978, per the 'Open Semester Program at Trinity College' memorandum to J. Ronald Spencer from Robbins Winslow, dated January 18, 1978 (see Series 1, folder 10).

Processing Information

The collection has been fairly thorough processed, to the folder level. The collection came to the library in no apparent original order. Existing folders were retained when in good condition. Committee files and a computer user manual housed in 3-ring binders were rehoused in acid-free folders. Rusted fasteners were removed and newsclippings were isolated with acid-free paper. Original folder titles were retained; most date ranges were added by the processing archivist in 2022.

Guide to the Robbins Winslow papers
Amy M. FitzGerald
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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