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Robert Langran papers

Identifier: VUA -FACP-001

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a Villanova Athletics scrapbook, programs, memorial cards, rooster/score cards, tennis notes, and photographs.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1960s-2013

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Distinctive Collections staff.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Langran earned his bachelor's degree at Loyola University Chicago, his master's degree at Fordham University, and his Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College. From 1956 to 1958 he served in the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps.

Langran spent his entire career at Villanova University, where he taught and researched in Political Science from 1959 to 2015. Langran taught civil rights, the study of the Supreme Court, constitutional law, women's studies, and peace studies. While at Villanova University, Langran chaired the Political Science Department from 1968 to 1978 and from 2008 to 2009. He chaired the committee that devised the University Senate and was the first chair of the Faculty Congress. He was awarded the Best Advisor Award (2001), Faculty Service Award (1997), Political Science Department Best Teacher Award (1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000), and Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (1972). He was active in various roles, including president for the Quarterly Club, the association of retired Villanova faculty. Among the books he published are Supreme Court: A Concise History and with Martin Schnitzer Government, Business, and the American Economy.

In 1967, Langran revitalized Men’s Tennis, which had be absent from Villanova for twenty-five years. A year later he was approached by a group of young women wanting to create a tennis team and Langran helped form the first Villanova women’s tennis team and be their head coach for the next twenty-five years.


2 Linear Feet (1 carton box, 2 oversized boxes,1 half-manuscript box)

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Physical Location

Villanova University Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation from Langran Family.

Condition Description

The scrapbook is brittle and already taken apart.

Guide to Robert Langran papers
Beaudry Allen
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Repository Details

Part of the Villanova University Archives Repository

Falvey Library
800 E Lancaster Ave
Villanova PA