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Farnsworth, Robert M. (1929-2022)



  • Existence: 1929 - 2022


Robert M. Farnsworth (May 5, 1929-March 7, 2022) was an English professor, English department chair, and professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was an author of biography and literary criticism, focusing on prominent literary figures and civil rights activists including Melvin Tolson and Leon Jordan. He wrote international journalist Edgar Snow's biography titled From Vagabond to Journalist: Edgar Snow in Asia, 1928-1941 (1996).

Farnsworth graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. He earned his master's degree in Connecticut and completed his PhD in English literature at Tulane University in New Orleans. He taught at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan prior to his position at UMKC. He received three Fulbright grants and spent sabbatical years in India, Turkey, and China. In retirement, he spent two years teaching in Nagasaki, Japan.

Information from Farnsworth's obituary and Wikipedia article.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Israel Epstein and Elsie Fairfax-Cholmeley Papers

Identifier: KC-19-11
Scope and Contents

This material was donated by Dr. Henry Mitchell, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and International Affairs at UMKC. He secured the material from the Epsteins via UMKC professor Dr. Robert Farnsworth in China in November 1984.

This collection contains one folder of copies of letters sent by Edgar Snow to Chinese journalist and author Israel Epstein and his wife Elsie Fairfax-Cholmeley. The letters discuss publications as well as Chinese and world affairs.

Dates: 1939, 1948, 1958, 1962-1968

James Bertram Papers

Identifier: KC-19-39
Scope and Contents This material was donated by James Bertram through Robert Farnsworth in November 1987.The first folder consists of correspondence between James Bertram and Edgar Snow, and correspondence between Edgar and Lois Snow and Bertram, discussing Snow's immediate family; current and future publications; Chinese, U.S., and world issues; travel to China; and Snow's BBC film. The correspondence includes a leaflet for the film. The second folder consists of correspondence between Bertram and...
Dates: 1952-1975, 1988