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Hopkins family papers

Call Number: MS 290

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Francis Washburn Hopkins, "Frank," "Hop," "Fritz," was born December 29, 1896, in Halle, Germany, but he spent most of his life in New Haven, Connecticut. His father, Edward Washburn Hopkins, was born September 8, 1857, in Northampton, Massachussetts; and was graduated from Columbia University in 1878. He received the following degrees: Ph.D. from the University of Leipsic in 1881; LL.D from Columbia University in 1902, and Ph.D. from the University of Athens in 1912. He has spent most of his life in New Haven where he is professor of Sanskrit and comparative philology at Yale University. Mary Sanger (Clark) Hopkins was a resident of New York City before her marriage. There are five sons and one daughter in the family. Yale relatives include three brothers, Clark Hopkins, '17, Edward L. Hopkins, '19, and Howard Hopkins, '21; and his sister, Pauline Hopkins, who attended the School of Fine Arts in 1916-1917.

*Excerpted from the biographical sketch of his son, Francis Washburn Hopkins, History of the Class of 1918, Yale College, Vol. I, p185.

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Further information from the Historical Register of Yale University, 1701-1937:


B.A. 1917, PH.D. Univ. of Wisconsin 1924, B.A. and M.A. Univ. of Oxford 1926. Instructor in Latin 1924-1925; Instructor in Greek 1925-1927; Sterling Fellow in Classical Languages 1927-1928; Research Associate in Greek and Latin (Asst. Prof. rank) 1928-1929; Asst. Professor of Classics 1929-1931; Curator of the Antiquities from Dura and Gerasa 1929-1936; Field Director of Excavations (Asst. Prof rank) 1931-1935.


B.A. Columbia Univ. 1878, DR.PHIL. Univ of Leipsic 1881, M.A. (Hon.) Yale Univ. 1895, LL.D. Columbia Univ. 1902, LL.D. Univ of Athens 1912. Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology 1895-1919; Edward E. Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology 1919-1926; Professor Emeritus 1926-1932; Trowbridge Memorial Lecturer 1913-1914, 1916-1917.


B.A 1918, LL.B. Fordham Univ. 1925, PH.D. Yale Univ. 1930. Assistant in Instruction (1st term) 1928-1929; Instructor in Political Economy 1929-1931.


  • 1778-1933
  • Majority of material found within 1875 - 1933


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1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 folio)

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Papers of Edward Washburn Hopkins (1857-1932), professor of Sanskrit and comparative philology at Yale; and Clark Hopkins, member of the classics department and director of the Dura-Europos expeditions with smaller amounts of material on Allen Hopkins, Edward Lewis Hopkins (1898-), Francis Washburn Hopkins, (1896-), Samuel Hopkins (1756-1782), and Edward Allen Low (d.1880). The Edward Washburn Hopkins papers contain writings on religion in India and classical Greece and the Clark Hopkins papers have an essay and photographs on excavations in Syria.

Guide to the Hopkins Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
October 1979
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