Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Robert B. Knott Papers

Finding aid created by
C. Engerson

Summary Information
Title: Robert B. Knott Papers,
Creator: Knott, Robert B.
Inclusive dates: 1884, 1985, and undated
Extent: 3 cubic feet (in 6 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
Abstract:
Papers include biographical information, personal correspondence, photographs, clippings, writings about Japan and some in Japanese, and World War II memorabilia. One notebook is written in German, 1884, with later cake recipes written in English in the back.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English and Japanese and German
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 72612

Access Restrictions:

Robert B. Knott Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Robert B. Knott Papers, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological.


History

Biography:

Robert B. Knott was born in Carson City, Michigan, on August 13, 1919. He was the son of Marley and Mary Knott. He attended Carson City High School and graduated in 1937. He received a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate from Central Michigan College, later University, in 1941. Knott enlisted in the army on August 18, 1942 and after basic training was assigned to the WWII project of deciphering the Japanese Code. At the University of Michigan he was taught to read, speak and write the Japanese language. After his discharge from the military, he taught in the American Dependent Schools in Japan from 1950 until 1956. After his father suffered a stroke, Robert was required to return home to manage the family farm. Following his father’s death, Knott returned to Japan. At the end of his Japanese tenure he returned home and taught in Carson City, Fulton Township, and Stanton Michigan. Robert Knott was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his late fifties and passed away on December 27, 1994. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Robert Knott Papers consist of biographical information, high school related records, personal correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, individual writings and World War II memorabilia. The topically grouped material is arranged alphabetically. Photographs include the Knott family, the Knott family farm, and Robert Knott’s military service. Personal writings cover Knott’s childhood, teaching in Japan and working on the family farm. Correspondence includes letters and postcards to Robert Knott from family and acquaintances. This collection contains a World War II Victory Pack. This collection also includes Robert Knott’s dog tags, World War II pins, and a World War II honor medal. A special note is given to a notebook dated 1884 written in German, which contains notes and comments on books, the 23 Psalm, poems, authors, and English recipes. One oversize folder contains a large picture of Robert Knott, materials related to Carson City High School, and baggage paperwork from his travels to Japan by ship.

Processing Note: Several hundred slides of Japan in the collection were transferred to the University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies. Eight LP records and a laminated butterfly display were transferred to Central Michigan University’s Museum.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Knott, Robert B.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • University of Michigan.
    • Teachers--Michigan--Kalamazoo County.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--Michigan.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Medals.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence.
    • Japan--Description and travel.
    • Carson City (Mich.)--History.
    • Carson City (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Robert B. Knott Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1949-1951
    Box   1 F   2
    American Dependent Schools, Report, Related Materials, 1949
    Box   1 F   3
    “Autobiography” by Robert Knott, 1982
    Box   1 F   4
    Block Design, Psychological Games (2), undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Carson City High School, 1937-1939
    Box   1 F   6
    “Casual Comments on Elementary Schools” by Robert Knott, 1959
    Box   1 F   7
    Central Issue, Issue IV, 1985
    Box   1 F   8
    Central State Teachers College, Materials, 1937-1941
    Box   1 F   9
    Certificates, 1944-1945
    Box   1 F   10
    Certifications, Cards, 1936-1946
    Box   1 F   11
    Civil War, Reference Notes, 1991
    Box   1 F   12
    College Test Scores, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence, American Dependent Schools, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Correspondence, Postcards, 1943-1975
    Box   1 F   15
    Correspondence, to Mary Moench from Robert Knott, 1942-1949, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Correspondence, to Marley and Mary Knott from Peg Knott, 1944-1951
    Box   2 F   1
    Correspondence, to Marley and Mary Knott from Robert Knott, 1944-1973
    Box   2 F   2
    Correspondence, to Peg Knott from Robert Knott, 1944, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Addie Hall, 1955
    Box   2 F   4
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Andy, 1950-1952
    Box   2 F   5
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Bob, 1942-1943, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Dave, 1942
    Box   2 F   7
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Dorothy, 1943-1944
    Box   2 F   8
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Eugene Sneary, 1943, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Gordon Smith, 1942-1943
    Box   2 F   10
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Grandmother Moench, 1940-1943
    Box   2 F   11
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Hank, 1942-1943
    Box   2 F   12
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Helena, 1942-1943
    Box   2 F   13
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Ida, 1943
    Box   2 F   14
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Infantry School Headquarters, 1942-1946, undated
    Box   2 F   15
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Josephine, 1943
    Box   2 F   16
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Marley and Mary Knott, 1942-1943
    Box   2 F   17
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Marley and Mary Knott, 1943-1959, undated
    Box   2 F   18
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Miller and Lillian, 1942-1943, undated
    Box   2 F   19
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Miscellaneous, 1933-1956, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Norman Johnston, 1942-1944
    Box   3 F   2
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Peg Knott, 1939-1944, undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Roland, 1943-1944
    Box   3 F   4
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Salli Terri, 1951, undated
    Box   3 F   5
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Stan, 1943-1944
    Box   3 F   6
    Correspondence, to Robert Knott from Tadashi Uehara, 1951-1952
    Box   3 F   7
    Cryptograms, 1943, undated
    Box   3 F   8
    “Grandmother Moench” by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   3 F   9
    “Grandmother Moench in Progress” by Robert Knott, 1985
    Box   3 F   10
    Greeting Cards, Birthday, Formal Greeting, Graduation, undated
    Box   3 F   11
    Greeting Cards, Holiday, undated
    Box   3 F   12
    Greeting Cards, Holiday, undated
    Box   3 F   13
    “A Glimpse of Miro” by Robert Knott, 1970
    Box   3 F   14
    “A Good Companion?” by Robert Knott, 1982
    Box   3 F   15
    “It All Happens at Once” by Robert Knott, [after 1977]
    Box   3 F   16
    “Journey in Circles” by Robert Knott, 1953
    Box   3 F   17
    “Lack of Communication” by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   3 F   18
    “Life Story in Progress” by Robert Knott, 1985
    Box   3 F   19
    “Losing” by Robert Knott, 1985
    Box   3 F   20
    Manuscripts, English 101, 102, undated
    Box   3 F   21
    Military Payment Certificates, Script, [1941-1945]
    Box   4 F   1
    "My First Home' by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   4 F   2
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1936-1984, undated
    Box   4 F   3
    Notebook (partially in German), 1884
    Box   4 F   4
    Notes by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Notes by Robert Knott (in Japanese), undated
    Box   4 F   6
    Pamphlets, [after 1945]
    Box   4 F   7
    Photographs, Ann Arbor, undated
    Box   4 F   8
    Photographs, Family, 1923. 1946, undated
    Box   4 F   9
    Photographs, Family, undated
    Box   4 F   10
    Photographs, Family, 1923-1957, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Photographs, Family, 1918-1919, undated
    Box   5 F   2
    Photographs, Farm, 1905, 1909, undated
    Box   5 F   3
    Photographs, Field Trip, 1939, undated
    Box   5 F   4
    Photographs, Houghton Lake, 1924, undated
    Box   5 F   4
    Photographs, Ionia Free Fair Flood, 1926, undated
    Box   5 F   5
    Photographs, Knott Acquaintances, 1955, undated
    Box   5 F   6
    Photographs, Knott Farm, 1945, undated
    Box   5 F   7
    Photographs, Knott Illinois Friends and Relations, 1948, 1968, undated
    Box   5 F   8
    Photographs, Man, Robert Knott?, undated
    Box   5 F   9
    Photographs, Military Service, undated
    Box   5 F   10
    Photographs, Robert Knott, undated
    Box   5 F   11
    Photographs, Salli Terri, undated
    Box   5 F   12
    Photographs, Unidentified Man, undated
    Box   5 F   13
    Photographs, Washington, D.C., undated
    Box   5 F   14
    Production Leaflets, 1934, 1937
    Box   5 F   15
    Recipes, undated
    Box   5 F   16
    “A Search” by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   5 F   17
    “Some Questions” by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   5 F   18
    "Teaching in Japan" by Robert Knott, 1985
    Box   5 F   19
    "Walking to School" by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, undated
    Box   6 F   2
    “What a Loss!” by Robert Knott, 1969
    Box   6 F   3
    “When Grandmother Went to School” by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   6 F   4
    “Who Am I?” by Robert Knott, undated
    Box   6 F   5
    World War II Memorabilia, [1941-1945]
    Box   6 F   6
    World War II Victory Pack, [1941-1945]
    Box   6 F   7
    Writing, Miscellaneous, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder, Japan Materials, undated; The Peanut, Carson City High School Newspaper, 1915; Photographs of Robert Knott, 1937, 1941-1945, undated; 1915; 1937, 1941-1945