Guide to the Richard A. Stepp Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0879
Creator: Stepp, Richard A., 1917-1995.
Title: Richard A. Stepp papers
Dates: 1937-1995
Physical Description: 6 Linear feet
Summary: The papers of Richard A. Stepp pertain largely to the time he spent in Burma as an advisor on technical services for small industries, 1958-59. Included are correspondence, notebooks, reports, memos, Burmese government documents (in English), other publications, and photographs, 1954-59. Correspondents include Eugene Staley, Kennard Weddell, Edward S. Prentice, Joe E. Stepanek, and Paul J. Lovewell. A few materials in this part of the collection pertain to a small industry project he worked on in India prior to his work in Burma. The remaining personal papers, 1937-1995, include correspondence, biographical materials, family history materials, travel memorabilia, and photographs. There is a sizeable amount of correspondence with Charles Charles and his wife Anna, who were his house servants during his time in Burma, 1958-94; correspondence with and biographical materials on Charles Rozaire, Stepp?s friend and travel companion who also handled his estate matters; and several files pertaining to Stanford alumni matters and gifts to Stanford.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

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Cite As

Richard A. Stepp Papers (SC0879). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Richard A. Stepp earned his A.B. in social sciences at Stanford University in 1939 and his MBA in 1941. While a student he was business manager for the Stanford Daily, 1938-39, and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He pursued a career in real estate in Whittier, California, taught Latin American economics at USC, and was on staff at the Stanford Research Institute, 1957-59, during which time he was resident advisor to Burma?s Minister of Industries. His other interests included travel and community theater. He died in 1995.

Description of the Collection

The papers of Richard A. Stepp pertain largely to the time he spent in Burma as an advisor on technical services for small industries, 1958-59. Included are correspondence, notebooks, reports, memos, Burmese government documents (in English), other publications, and photographs, 1954-59. Correspondents include Eugene Staley, Kennard Weddell, Edward S. Prentice, Joe E. Stepanek, and Paul J. Lovewell. A few materials in this part of the collection pertain to a small industry project he worked on in India prior to his work in Burma. The remaining personal papers, 1937-1995, include correspondence, biographical materials, family history materials, travel memorabilia, and photographs. There is a sizeable amount of correspondence with Charles Charles and his wife Anna, who were his house servants during his time in Burma, 1958-94; correspondence with and biographical materials on Charles Rozaire, Stepp?s friend and travel companion who also handled his estate matters; and several files pertaining to Stanford alumni matters and gifts to Stanford.

Access Terms

Lovewell, Paul J.
Prentice, Edward S.
Rozaire, Charles E. 1927-
Staley, Eugene, 1906-1989
Stanford University--Alumni.
Stepanek, Joseph E.
Stepp, Richard A., 1917-1995.
Weddell, Kennard.
Burma--Economic conditions.


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Burma itinerary and visa information 1957

Box 1, Folder 2

Burma residence 1958

Box 1, Folder 3

Burma, RAS business cards

Box 1, Folder 4

Burma notebooks 1957-58

Box 1, Folder 5

Budgets, Burma and Pakistan projects

Box 1, Folder 6

Burma correspondence 1957-58 (mostly by RAS)

Box 1, Folder 7

Burma correspondence, general 1958-60

Box 1, Folder 8

Burma correspondence with Ford Foundation 1958-59

Box 1, Folder 9

Burma – Lovewell correspondence (SRI) 1958

Box 1, Folder 10

Burma – Prentice correspondence (SRI) 1958-59

Box 1, Folder 11

Burma – SRI correspondence 1958-59

Box 1, Folder 12

Burma progress reports, 1958-59

Box 1, Folder 13

Burma reports, 1958

Box 1, Folder 14

Burma Directorate of Industries, reports, memos, etc. 1957-58

Box 1, Folder 15

Burma Directorate of Industries, reports, 1958

Box 2, Folder 1

Burma industry reports by others

Box 2, Folder 2

Burma Proposal for the Establishment of the Small Industries Corporation, 1958

Box 2, Folder 3

Burma correspondence re Small Industries Corporation 1958

Box 2, Folder 4

Burma Personnel Lists (Ford Foundation and others)

Box 2, Folder 5

Burma names of firms

Box 2, Folder 6

Burma personnel (mostly business cards)

Box 2, Folder 7

Burma economic conditions, notes

Box 2, Folder 8

Industry in Burma [newspaper in Burmese, several issues]

Box 2, Folder 9

Burma newspaper developed by RAS

Box 2, Folder 10

Burma background information

Box 2, Folder 11

Burma background information (Ford Foundation)

Box 2, Folder 12

Burma background information (reading lists)

Box 2, Folder 13

Burma clippings and articles

Box 3, Folder 1

Burma - news clippings (in English)

Box 3, Folder 2

Documents in Burmese

Box 3, Folder 3

Burma – maps

Box 3, Folder 4

Burma – brochures and miscellany

Box 3, Folder 5

Burma – invitations

Box 3, Folder 6

Personal effects, shipping bills for, 1957-58

Box 3, Folder 7

India – Bihar Project 1954-57

Box 3, Folder 8

India – reports

Box 3, Folder 9

Small Industry in India, report

Box 3, Folder 10

Small Industry in India, publications

Box 3, Folder 11

International Industrial Development Conference, 1957

Box 3, Folder 12

SRI memos, reports

Box 3, Folder 13

Articles on Laos and Vietnam

Box 3, Folder 14

Travel documents 1959-60

Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs, group 1

Box 4, Folder 2

Photographs, group 2

Box 4, Folder 3

Photographs, group 3, business related

Box 4, Folder 4

Photographs, group 4

Box 4, Folder 5

Photographs, group 5

Box 4, Folder 6

Photographs, group 6

Box 4, Folder 7

Photographs, group 7

Box 4, Folder 8

Photographs, group 8

Box 4, Folder 9

Photographs, group 9

Box 4, Folder 10

Photographs, group 10, business related

Box 4, Folder 11

Photographs, group 11

Box 4, Folder 12

Photographs, group 12 with negatives

Box 4, Folder 13

Photographs, group 13 (1961 – possibly not Burma subjects)

Box 4, Folder 14

Photographs – RAS passport image, family dog, child

Box 4, Folder 15

Photo postcards (possibly of different Burmese peoples or tribes, some noted on back)

Box 5

Burma photographs, oversized, and unsorted negatives

Box 5

1959 calendar printed on cloth, with image of Burmese textile mill

 

Burmese Publications

Box 6

Language guides

Box 6

Burma [Rangoon, Director of Information, Union of Burma] – Vol. 7, no. 2 The Ninth Anniversary January 1957; Vol. 8, No. 2 The Tenth Anniversary January 1958; Vol. 9 No. 2 The Eleventh Anniversary January 1959

Box 6

Economic Survey of Burma 1957 [Burmese govt. document]

Box 6

Economic Survey of Burma 1958 [Burmese govt. document]

Box 6

National Income of Burma; Ministry of National Planning August 1958

Box 6

Daw Khin Than Gywe, “Financing of Small Manufacturing Establishments in Burma” Economics Research Project, Dec. 1958

Box 6

Agnese N. Lockwood, “The Burma Road to Pyidawtha” International Conciliation, No. 518 May 1958

Box 6

Frank N. Trager, Helen G. Trager, “Burma Land of Golden Pagodas” Headline Series Foreign Policy Association, No. 104, March-April 1954

Box 6

Mi Mi Khaing, Burmese Family. Orient Longmans, 1956

Box 6

E. C. V. Foucar, They Reigned in Mandalay, Dennis Dobson Limited, 1946

Box 6

George Orwell, Burmese Days, Time Incorporated 1962

Box 6

Joseph E. Stepanek, Small Industry Advisory Services, An International Study, The Free Press 1960 [SRI publication]

Box 6

Wil Marcus, “U.S. Private Investment and Economic Aid in Underdeveloped Countries” Public Affairs Institute, 1959

Box 7

The Burma Year-Book and Directory 1957-58 [mostly in English]

Box 7

John Beamish, Burma Drop, Elek Books 1958

Box 7

Ethel Mannin, Land of the Crested Lion, A Journey Through Modern Burma, Jarrolds Publishers 1955

Box 7

Gordon S. Seagrave, Burma Surgeon, Consolidated Book Publishers, 1943

Box 7

Louis J. Walinsky, Economic Development in Burma 1951-1960, Twentieth Century Fund 1962

Box 7

The Atlantic February 1958 and Perspective of Burma, an Atlantic Month Supplement 1958

Box 7

Magazine articles on Burma, 1963-90

Box 8, Folder 1

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1958-65

Box 8, Folder 2

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1966-67

Box 8, Folder 3

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1968

Box 8, Folder 4

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1969-71

Box 8, Folder 5

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1972-75

Box 8, Folder 6

Correspondence, Charles Charles and wife Anna, 1976-82

Box 8, Folder 7

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1983-86

Box 8, Folder 8

Correspondence, Charles Charles, 1987-89

Box 8, Folder 9

Correspondence, Charles Charles and Anna re visit to California, 1989

Box 8, Folder 10

Correspondence, Charles Charles and Anna re visit from New Delhi, 1989-90

Box 9, Folder 1

Correspondence, Charles Charles and Anna, 1989-91

Box 9, Folder 2

Correspondence, Charles Charles and Anna, 1992-94

Box 9, Folder 3

Correspondence, general, 1958

Box 9, Folder 4

Correspondence, general, 1972-93

Box 9, Folder 5

Correspondence, general, 1982-87

Box 9, Folder 6

Correspondence, re trip in 1987

Box 9, Folder 7

Correspondence, re property in Whittier, CA, 1954-72

Box 9, Folder 8

Correspondence, between RAS and Charles Rozaire, 1976-85

Box 9, Folder 9

Correspondence, Stepp-O-Logue [annual letter], 1986

Box 9, Folder 10

Correspondence, Stepp-O-Logue [annual letter], 1987

Box 9, Folder 11

Correspondence, Stepp-O-Logue [annual letter], 1989

Box 9, Folder 12

Correspondence, Stepp-O-Logue [annual letter], 1990

Box 9, Folder 13

Adventurer’s Club

Box 9, Folder 14

Appraisal of RAS estate, Oct. 13, 1995

Box 9, Folder 15

Biographical clippings and information

Box 9, Folder 16

Community Theater work

Box 9, Folder 17

Driver’s license and identity card from Burma, 1958-59

Box 9, Folder 18

Family history – notes

Box 9, Folder 19

Family history – typescript

Box 9, Folder 20

Friends of the Daily News, Spring 1994

Box 9, Folder 21

Miscellany

Box 9, Folder 22

Obituary 1995

Box 10, Folder 1

Original Stanford Daily (RAS on front page), May 8, 1940

Box 10, Folder 2

Other ID cards, 1937, 1960

Box 10, Folder 3

Passports (photocopies) 1937-78

Box 10, Folder 4

Rotary Club of Tokyo, Weekly Report, Dec. 11, 1957

Box 10, Folder 5

Rozaire, Charles – biographical information

Box 10, Folder 6

Rozaire, Charles – holiday letters, 1981-85

Box 10, Folder 7

Rozaire, Charles – letter to Eric Burton re RAS affairs 1993

Box 10, Folder 8

Rozaire, Charles – drafts of letters re RAS last years and obituary

Box 10, Folder 9

Stanford University – Alumni matters (including photocopy of diploma) 1989

Box 10, Folder 10

Stanford University – Alumni giving, 1979-85

Box 10, Folder 11

Stanford University – gifts to, 1989-95

Box 10, Folder 12

Travel certificates, photocopies (many pertain to crossing the equator)

Box 10, Folder 13

Whittier Union High School

Box 10, Folder 14

Photos, Charles Charles family, 1950s

Box 10, Folder 15

Photos, visit of C. Charles 1989

Box 10, Folder 16

Photos, Charles Rozaire

Box 10, Folder 17

Photos, RAS in 1950s

Box 10, Folder 18

Photos, RAS 1980s-90s

Box 10, Folder 19

Photos, view from house ca. 1978

Box 10, Folder 20

Photos, RAS personal possessions 1978

Box 10, Folder 21

Photos, RAS possessions and other subjects 1989

Box 10, Folder 22

Photos, 1953 (catching sailfish), 1960s-70s

Box 10, Folder 23

Photos, 1980s-90s

Box 10, Folder 24

Photos, undated

Box 10, Folder 25

Photos, miscellaneous negatives

Box 11, Folder 1

Photos from facial surgery 1980

Box 11, Folder 2

Slides from facial surgery 1980

Box 11, Folder 3

Packet of greeting cards received