Guide to the Robin Higham Papers, 1940-1949


Robin D.S. Higham is an aviation and military historian who is professor emeritus at Kansas State University. Collection consists of scrapbooks and binders of British airplanes and ships (primarily airplanes) as well as news clippings. The scrapbooks are almost exclusively from the World War II period.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Robin Higham papers
Higham, Robin D.S.
1.8 Linear Feet, 10 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of 10 scrapbooks donated by Dr. Higham to the Duke Manuscripts Department in 1963. Contents include images and press clippings, largely featuring German, British, and U.S. planes from World War II. Also includes one scrapbook with images of ships. All images appear to have been cut out of magazines and newspapers.

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[Identification of item], Robin Higham Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Contents of the Collection

Notebook, “Press Clippings”
Box 1
Notebook, “Miscellaneous” (images of World War II from magazines and newspapers)
Box 1
Notebook with images of German warplanes cut from newspapers and magazines
Box 1
Binder with images of ships cut from newspapers and magazines
Box 1
Binders with images of U.S. World War II planes cut from newspapers and magazines (3)
Box 2
Binders with images of R.A.F. planes cut from newspapers and magazines (3)
Box 3

Historical Note

Robin Higham, Ph.D., was born in 1925, the son of an American mother and a British father. He raised in London before being sent to the United States at the outbreak of the Battle of Britain in 1940. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1943, and flew over both Europe and Asia before being discharged in 1947. He attended the University of New Hampshire and then transferred to Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1950.

Higham was also married in 1950 to his wife, Barbara, and the couple lived in California for a few years before returning to Cambridge. He earned his Ph.D. in 1957, with a dissertation on the development of British aviation. The family then moved to North Carolina, where Higham taught in the History Department at the University of North Carolina from 1957-1963. He also helped found the Duke and University of North Carolina National Security Seminar.

Higham left UNC in 1963 and moved to Kansas State University, where he helped establish the school's doctoral program in military history. He also served as editor for Military Affairs (now the Journal of Military History) from 1968 through 1988, Aerospace Historian from 1970 through 1988, and the Journal of the West from 1977 through 2003(?). In addition, he founded Sunflower University Press in 1977. He is professor emeritus in the History Department at Kansas State University.

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The Robin Higham Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1963.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, 1960s

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, July 2010

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.