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Horatio McLeod Reynolds Papers

Call Number: MS 1048

Scope and Contents

The papers of Horatio McLeod Reynolds reflect his career as a classicist. Included are notes on Aristotle and Hesiod taken during Reynolds' study at the University of Berlin; grade books for Greek classes which he taught at Yale College; correspondence, printed matter, and other papers received by him in his capacity as secretary of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; several items stemming from his appointment as a councillor of the Connecticut Society of the Archaeological Institute of America; and eight undated notebooks and loose notes on Greek philology and classical studies. The materials are arranged in a single chronological sequence.


  • 1890-1926


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Yale College Dean's office in 1945.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The largest part of the papers is made up of student notebooks on Greek philology and classical studies including two notebooks on lectures on Aristotle and Hesiod that Reynolds attended in Berlin in 1888. Included also are several Yale College grade books (1890) and correspondence with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Biographical / Historical

Horatio McLeod Reynolds, B.A. 1880.

Born April 13, 1857, in Wakefield, N. H.

Died October 3, 1929, in New Haven, Conn.

Father, William Buzzell Reynolds (M.D. Dartmouth 1852), a physician in Lynn, Lawrence, and Cambridge, Mass., and Union (Wakefield) and Chocorua, N. H.; enlisted as Private in 2d Regiment, United States Sharpshooters, 1861; promoted to Second Sergeant; later Assistant Surgeon and Surgeon, 2d United States Sanitary Service, until 1865; son of Samuel and Hannah (Farnham) Reynolds, of Acton, Maine. Mother, Clara Ellen (Swasey) Reynolds; daughter of Charles and Eunice (Buck) Swasey, of Milton Mills, N. H.

Maine Central Institute. Attended Bates College 1876-78; entered Yale as a Junior 1878; Winthrop Prize Junior year; oration appointment Senior year and speaker at Commencement; member Psi Upsilon.

Did graduate work at Yale on Soldiers' Memorial Fellowship 1880-82; taught the classics at Park Institute, Rye, N. Y., 1882-83; tutor in Greek at Yale 1883-88; assistant professor 1888-1893; Talcott professor of the Greek language and literature from 1893 until his retirement 1922, when made professor emeritus; studied Greek at Leipzig University in summer of 1885 and spent five months at University of Berlin in 1888; secretary of managing committee of American School in Athens 1901-1921; vice-president of Connecticut Society of Archaeological Institute of America 1914-1920; honorary M.A. Yale 1896; member American Philosophical Association, American Philological Association, and The Church of Christ in Yale University.

Married April 4, 1904, in New Haven, Florence Maud, daughter of Winston John and Margarette Elford (Dean) Trowbridge, a niece of James J. Dean (B.A. 1845), a great-great-granddaughter of Daniel Trowbridge (B.A. 1725), sister of Winston J. Trowbridge, '79, Frank D. Trowbridge, '84, and Elford P. Trowbridge, '87 (died September 14, 1930), and sister-in-law of William K. Townsend, '71. No children.

Death due to angina pectoris. Buried in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven. His wife survived him. By the terms of his will a bequest was made to Yale as a residuary legatee, to establish a fund to be known as the Maud Trowbridge Reynolds and Horatio McLeod Reynolds Fund, the income of which is to be used to for the purchase of books for the University Library, and to constitute an auxiliary fund for the promotion of classical studies.

(Taken from Yale University Obituary Record, 1928-1931, pp. 84-85).
Guide to the Horatio M. Reynolds Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 1983
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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