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Concordia University Richard Kennedy Papers

Identifier: RG 20/03

Scope and Contents

The Collection contains a number of binders filled with correspondence between Kennedy and other Shakespeare scholars. It also has research materials that include Kennedy's marginalia and notes.


  • 1988 - 2008

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Concordia University Archives is the owner of the materials in the Richard Kennedy Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Concordia University Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Biographical note

Richard Kennedy was born on December 23, 1932 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He is a Shakespearean scholar and supporter of the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, which argues that Edward de Vere was the true author of the works of Shakespeare. Kennedy was a founding member of the second incarnation of the Shakespeare Fellowship, which is an organization that was created for scholars to discuss the question of Shakespeare's authorship.

Kennedy's research posits that John Ford, an English playwrite, was the true author of the poem A Funeral Elegy, which was alleged to have been written by Shakespeare by scholar Donald Foster. In 2005 Kennedy proposed the idea that the Shakespeare monument in Stratford was originally built not for William Shakespeare, but for his father, John.


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Collection of personal papers containing correspondence, research materials, and research notes


The collection is arranged in 2 series. Series 1 contains Kennedy's correspondence, and Series 2 contains his research materials.

Guide to the Richard Kennedy Papers An Inventory at the Concordia University Archives
Johanna Meetz
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Repository Details

Part of the Concordia University Archives Repository

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