Individual: ENT.0478

M.C. (Mary Caroline) Richards

1916 – 1999

Faculty, 1945 - 1951
Taught Literature and Drama, Fall 1945 - Summer 1951, with leaves of absence Summer 1946, Fall 1948 - Summer 1949, Fall 1951 - Spring 1952
Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916 – 1999) was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1945 she joined the faculty at Black Mountain College (BMC) where she taught writing, translated plays, danced, studied pottery and founded The Black Mountain Review. She was one of BMC’s most popular faculty members in the late 1940s and later wrote: “I have no criticism of Black Mountain, it was an entirely transforming, maturing and inspiring experience.” While at BMC, Richards played an essential role in maintaining community balance in the wake of Josef and Anni Albers’ resignation and the rise of Charles Olson as the college’s leader during the 1950s.