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Eric Alfred Havelock papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1489

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence; topical files; writings; research materials; lecture and course notes; and departmental files documenting the professional career of classicist Eric A. Havelock as educator, administrator, and author. His political interests and activities during his years in Canada are also represented. Autobiographical materials and family photographs are included in the papers.

Dates

  • 1903-2000

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Box 62, Series VI is restricted until January 1, 2040

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the Donor of this collection for materials authored or otherwise produced by Eric Alfred Havelock. After the lifetime of the Donor, copyright passes to Yale University. 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

Gift of Christine M. Havelock, 1988, 1990, and 2002.

Arrangement

Arranged in six series: I. Correspondence, 1931-2000. II. Professional Files, 1946-1988. III. Canadian Files, 1925-1980. IV. Personal Papers and Photographs, 1903-1989. V. Writings, Research, and Teaching Files, 1930s-1988. VI. Yale Classics Department Files, 1932-1971.

Extent

39.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1489

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence; topical files; writings; research materials; lecture and course notes; and departmental files documenting the professional career of classicist Eric A. Havelock as educator, administrator, and author. His political interests and activities during his years in Canada are also represented. Autobiographical materials and family photographs are included in the papers.

Biographical / Historical

Eric Alfred Havelock was born in London, England, on June 3, 1903, the son of Alfred H. and Annie Louise (Williams) Havelock. As a young boy, he lived in Scotland, attending Greenock Academy where he was introduced to Greek at age twelve. From 1917 to 1926, he was at Cambridge, first at Leys, an English public school, where he studied under W. H. Balgarnie, a classics professor after whom James Hilton's Mr. Chips was created. In 1922 Havelock won a scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and graduated in 1926 with distinctions in the classical tripos and ancient philosophy.

Migrating to Canada, Havelock served as assistant and associate professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia from 1926 to 1929 and was an associate professor at Victoria College at the University of Toronto from 1929 to 1947. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he pursued outside political interests. A former member of the British Labour Party, Havelock continued his participation in the liberal cause and was active in local politics. He was a founding member of the League for Social Reconstruction in 1930 and was elected to the provincial council and executive committee of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) which merged with the Canadian Labour Congress in 1961, emerging as the New Democratic Party. In 1945, he ran unsuccessfully as a CCF candidate for the constituency of South Wellington to the Ontario legislature. He was also the associate editor of the Canadian Forum. On the academic front, he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1941 and 1943 and co-founded the Ontario Classical Association, parent organization of the Canadian Classical Association, in 1944, serving as its first president and associate editor of its publication, The Phoenix.

In 1947, Havelock moved to Cambridge, Massachussetts, to assume academic posts at Harvard University: senior tutor in Leverett House (1947-1950), associate and full professor of Greek and Latin (1947-1963), chairman of the Classics Department (1956-1961), and acting chairman in 1962. He was a member of the Harvard Committee on Admissions and Scholarships (1948- 1963), and a member of the Board of Trustees of Radcliffe College (1959-1963). During this time, he assisted in the drafting of the recommendation that female students receive a joint degree with Harvard. He also participated in the formation of the proposal establishing the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. and was a senior fellow on the governing board (1965-1973).

Visiting professorships at Princeton University (1961-1963) preceded Havelock's appointment as Sterling Professor of Classics at Yale University (1963-1971) and chairman of the Classics Department (1963-1969). Upon his retirement from Yale in 1971, Havelock was the Raymond Distinguished Professor of Classics at the State University of New York, Buffalo (1971-1973).

Havelock lectured at numerous North American and European academic institutions and was the author of numerous scholarly articles and books: The Lyric Genius of Catullus (1939), The Crucifixion of Intellectual Man (1950), The Liberal Temper in Greek Politics (1957), Preface to Plato (1963), The Greek Concept of Justice (1975), The Literate Revolution in Greece and Its Cultural Consequences (1983), The Muse Learns to Write (1987), War as a Way of Life in Classical Culture (Vanier Lecture), Prologue to Greek Literacy (Semple Lecture), and Origins of Western Literacy. He was co-editor with Yale English professor Maynard Mack for the Prentice-Hall Greek Drama Series (1970-1973) and with Jackson Hershbell for Communication Arts in the Ancient World (1978).

Havelock married Ellen Parkinson in 1927, and had a daughter, Joan Ellen (Mrs. Richard Wheeler-Bennett), two sons, John Eric and Ronald Geoffrey, and ten grandchildren. In 1962, he married Christine Mitchell, professor of art at Vassar College and author of Hellinistic Art. Havelock died at his home in Poughkeepsie, New York, on April 4, 1988, after a short illness.
Title
Guide to the Eric Alfred Havelock Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Carol King
Date
January 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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