Robert Kim Stevens fonds

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Robert Kim Stevens fonds

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Accession number 2003.010.

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  • ca. 1740-1780 (Creation)
  • [ca. 1972]-[ca. 2002] (Creation)
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    Stevens, Robert Kim, 1941-

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3.38 m of textual records, 1 map, 1 drawing.

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(1941-)

Biographical history

Robert Kim Stevens was born March 20, 1941 in Alexandria, Virginia, and lived near Fort Hunt, Virginia. He attended Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio from 1958 to 1962, and after graduating travelled by foot to the Panama Canal. Stevens lived in Washington, D.C. for a year before enrolling as a graduate student at the University of Barcelona, Spain for the 1963-1964 term. Later, he attended Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, also as a graduate student. In 1965, Stevens married Revalee Renick, with whom he had two children.

Around 1965, Stevens joined the United States Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer, which led him to move first to La Paz, Bolivia and then to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1972, Stevens returned to the Washington, D.C. area, and lived there until 1977, when he moved to Rome, Italy. In 1989, he returned again to Washington, and then lived again in Rome from 1992 to 1995 before retiring in 1996. In 2002, Stevens moved to San Pedro, California.

Stevens’ interest in the history and genealogy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia began around 1972, when he began researching his ancestry, and learned that he had ancestors there. His paternal grandfather, Robert Nelson Stevens (1880-1944), was born in Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia and immigrated to New England in 1904. Stevens began contacting and collaborating with other Stevens family researchers and in 1977 produced the book, The Stevens Families of Nova Scotia with C.J. Stevens (first published 1979). After moving to Rome, Stevens continued researching via correspondence and other means, and produced some local books under the general title North American Records in Italy. In the winter of 1985-1986, he began working on what would eventually become the Eastern Shore Families series of books (1998-). In 2002 Stevens began corresponding with the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society and in 2003 agreed the society’s archives would receive his archival and research material and also publish his Eastern Shore Families books, with all proceeds from the sales remaining with the society.

Custodial history

Records were acquired by the Eastern Shore Archives over a period of time, starting in 2003 when Mr. Stevens was moving from Washington to Santa Barbara. Records were collected by a society volunteer and transported to Lake Charlotte along with a large number of books, microfilm and other reference materials. Some materials have since been shipped by Mr. Stevens to the archives and transported from California by another society volunteer.

The drawing of the Thomas Stevens house was given to him by the artist, Joan Flewwelling. The map was acquired by Mr. Stevens when he was stationed in Rome.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records of the activities of Robert Kim Stevens. Records were created and accumulated between about 1972 and 2003. Fonds is arranged into five series: correspondence, research material and publications, family files,maps, and drawings.

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Donated by Robert Kim Stevens in 2003.

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  • English

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Open to researchers without restrictions.

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File list available.

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Further accruals are expected.

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The Eastern Shore Archives church records collection also contains records related to research conducted by Robert Kim Stevens.

Accompanying material

Robert Kim Stevens also donated 9 microfilm reels of church and vital records that he purchased from the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. In addition he donated various books and digital census records. The records were used by Stevens in his research. These have been accessioned as 2013.026 and can be found on the reading room bookshelf of the Eastern Shore Archives, the microfilm collection, and the Webber aisle.

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