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Sanborn, Ralph, 1894-1987



  • Existence: 1894 - 1987


Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, in 1894, Ralph Sanborn graduated from Dartmouth College in 1917. He served as an officer during the latter part of World War I with service in France in 1918 and 1919. Sanborn began his career in insurance in 1922 with the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company as an agent and broker in Boston. In 1927, he published Business Life Insurance, the first textbook on the subject. This monograph remained the standard text on the subject for many years. He remained involved in insurance until his retirement in 1952. Ralph Sanborn died in 1987. Aside from his career in insurance, Sanborn had a lifelong interest in literature and the theatre. One important result of this interest was the publication, with Barrett Clark, of 'A Bibliography of Eugene O'Neill' (1931), that, with later editions, was the accepted bibliography of O'Neill for many decades.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Eugene O'Neill collection

Identifier: MS-361
Date(s): 1921 to 1945

Eugene O'Neill Collection. The collection includes correspondence with Ralph Sanborn concerning Sanborn's bibliography of O'Neill's works, correspondence relating to a proposal that Dartmouth College award O'Neill an honorary degree, correspondence with Patrick O'Neill encouraging his literary ambitions as well as typescripts and galley proofs (some with O'Neill corrections)his plays "Anna Christie," "Strange interlude," and "Dynamo."

Ralph Sanborn papers

Identifier: MS-465
Date(s): 1913 to 1927
Abstract Ralph Sanborn (1894-1987), insurance broker. Dartmouth College Class of 1917. The collection contains correspondence with family and friends, notes and manuscripts of the economic history of Alaska, notes and manuscripts of "Business Life Insurance and correspondence, notes and manuscript of his "Bibliography of Eugene O'Neill. Of note is the correspondence with his family while he was a student at Dartmouth College and while on active service during World War I as well as the research...
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