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Robert Langran papers


Held at: Villanova University Archives [Contact Us]Falvey Library, 800 E Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA

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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.

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

Donation from Langran Family.


Villanova University Archives
Finding Aid Author
Beaudry Allen
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Women's Tennis scorecard/roster, 1969.
Box 1
Men's Tennis scorecard/roster.
Box 1

Villanova Women's Tennis, (1980-1990s).
Box 2
Villanova Men's Tennis, 1980-1990s.
Box 2
Tennis teams, circa 1980s.
Box 2
Scrapbook, 1965-2013.
Box 3-4
Scope and Contents

Unbound scrapbook(s) including Basketball and Football ticket stubs, Villanova event invitations, programs, and season schedules.

Interview with Robert Langran, 2019.
Scope and Contents

An interview with Robert Langran and Shawn Protcor (University Communications).


Recording not an oral history.

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