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John Avery papers

Call Number: MS 43

Scope and Contents

The John Avery Papers consist of one box of lectures and research notes. John Avery was a philologist interested in the antiquities, ethnology, and philology of the ancient tribes of northern India. He was a graduate of Amherst in the class of 1861. From 1863-1867 he studied in Yale's graduate philology program under Professor Whitney. Upon graduation from Yale, Avery studied in Berlin and Tubingen; some of his lecture notes from this study in Germany are in the papers.

Avery was professor of Lating and later of Greek at Iowa College, Grinnel, 1870-77. In 1870, John Avery joined the American Oriental Society and was a steady contributor of papers until his death. Several of the lectures were prepared for presentation at the society's meetings. He served as professor of Greek, 1877-1887, at Bowdoin College and died shortly after his retirement.


  • 1867-1885


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other 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.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Lectures and research notes on Indian civilization, religion and philology. Included also are lecture notes taken while he was studying in Berlin (1867-1868). Several of the lectures were prepared for presentation at meetings of the American Oriental Society.

Biographical / Historical

B.A., Amherst, 1861; studied at Yale, 1863-1867; professor of Latin and Greek, Iowa College, Grinnell, 1870-1877; professor of Greek, Bowdoin, 1877-1887; steady contributor to the American Oriental Society.

Guide to the John Avery Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
July 1980
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Finding aid written in English.

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