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George Lincoln Hendrickson papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1272
Scope and Contents
This is a collection of correspondence, writings, notes, minutes, printed material, memorabilia, and photographs, 1886-1962, documenting the professional and personal life of George Lincoln Hendrickson, a classicist, philologist, professor of Latin at several institutions, and chairman of Yale's Department of Classics.

The papers include correspondence, writings, and research materials concerning classical philology, Latin, and Latin literature. Correspondents include prominent European and American philologists, classicists, and educators such as Franz Cumont, Basil L. Gildersleeve, and Minton Warren.

Departmental minutes and correspondence document Hendrickson's terms as chairman of the Department of Classics at Yale, 1912-1919 and 1925-1933. Correspondence with Mikhail I. Rostovtzeff and Charles C. Torrey concerns the excavations at Dura-Europos; other correspondence concerns classical education at Yale and other institutions.

Additional materials include personal correspondence and memorabilia, and writings and printed matter concerning the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Yale.

The George L. Hendrickson Papers are arranged in four series:

I. DEPARTMENTAL PAPERS, 1896-1953 II. CORRESPONDENCE, 1886-1962 III. WRITINGS AND NOTES, 1891-1951 IV. MEMORABILIA AND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1894-1959

Series I, DEPARTMENTAL PAPERS, consists primarily of records from Hendrickson's terms as head of the Yale Classics Department. The papers include correspondence relating to faculty appointments and departmental budgets; correspondence concerning Dura-Europos; correspondence with other universities regarding their classics departments and the importance attached to research; papers concerning the publication of the series,Yale Classical Studies.Also included is a volume of minutes of faculty meetings.

Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, contains letters from colleagues, students, friends, and family. The early correspondents, in particular, include many prominent scholars, writing in English, German, French and Italian.

Series III, WRITINGS AND NOTES, is the largest series, and it documents many of Hendrickson's scholarly research projects, as well as some of his classroom work and personal interests. The major topics are classical philology and text criticism; Latin, including the etymology of the work "syphilis"; Latin literature, especially satire; and the New Testament Gospels. Materials in this series include manuscripts, typescripts, and reprints of articles, lectures, occasional papers, book reviews, and letters to the editor, research materials, and notes.

Series IV, MEMORABILIA AND PHOTOGRAPHS, contains writings of students and colleagues; memorabilia, including Latin statements and Latin Phi Beta Kappa Society speeches by Hendrickson; printed matter, including a bibliography of his writings; and photographs.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of George Lincoln Hendrickson, 1963.
Arrangement
Arranged in four series: I. Departmental Papers, 1896-1953. II. Correspondence, 1886-1962. III. Writings and Notes, 1891-1951. IV. Memorabilia and Photographs, 1894-1959.
Related Materials
For further materials by and about Hendrickson, readers should consult the C. - E. A. Winslow Papers, MS Group No. 749; and Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Classics, YRG 14-H.
Dates
1886-1962
Extent
1.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 1 folio)
Related Names
Hendrickson, G. L. (George Lincoln), 1865-1963
Language of Materials
English