Biography and History

Conrad Michael Richter was born on October 16, 1890, in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1951 for The Town, the third and final installment in his pioneer trilogy entitled The Awakening Land. Richter may be best-known for two of his other novels -- The Sea of Grass and The Light in the Forest -- both of which were made into films. Richter, his wife, Harvena (Harvey) Maria Achenbach, and their daughter, Harvena (Vene), moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1928. In 1950, Richter returned to Pine Grove and lived there until his death on October 30, 1968.

Source: From the finding aid for C0216

  • Conrad Richter Papers. 1801-1977 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0216

    Consists of material relating to the American author Conrad Richter, including manuscripts, writing notebooks, notes, and galley proofs for several of his novels and other writings. Includes a substantial amount of personal and professional correspondence, as well as photographs.