Charles Russell Richards1

(30 June 1865 - 21 February 1936)
Date this page was last edited=19 Apr 2016
Charles Russell Richards was born on 30 June 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts.1

Charles Russell Richards graduated from MIT in 1885.1 In 1888 he became director of the Department of Science and Technology at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and from 1889 to 1908 he was director of the Department of Manual Training at Teachers College, Columbia University.1 He was the director of Cooper Union in New York for fifteen years, director of the American Association of Museums from 1923 to 1926, and after that director of the Division of Industrial Art of the General Education Board.1

He was one of the founders of the New York Museum of Science and Industry, and became its executive vice president in 1930.1 On 11 February 1936, while he was in the hospital and shortly before his death, the museum moved to a more permanent home at Rockefeller Center.2

Charles Russell Richards lived at 1320 Bolton Road, Pelham Manor, Westchester County, New York.1

Charles Russell Richards died on 21 February 1936 in Doctors Hospital, New York, New York, at age 70.1


  1. [S624] Unknown newspaper, 22 February 1936.
  2. [S625] "Opening of the New York Museum of Science and Industry at the Rockefeller Center."

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