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Charles Cutler Torrey papers

 Collection
Call Number: RG 271

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, writings and notes document the life and work of Charles C. Torrey, an eminent Biblical scholar who taught at Yale University from 1900 to 1932.

Series I, Correspondence, includes letters to family members and colleagues.

The diaries of Series II date from 1880s to the 1950s. Though the entries are brief, they give an unparalleled view of the life of a Yale professor in the period 1900-1935, and the career of America's most distinguished scholar of the Semitic languages in the first half of the twentieth century.

Series III, Writings, includes published and manuscript articles and lectures.

Dates

  • 1880 - 1980
  • Majority of material found within 1880 - 1956

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Portion donated by Carol Gourley (granddaughter), 2018

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series:

I. Correspondence

II. Diaries and Notebooks

III. Writings

IV. Personal Items and Memorabilia

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

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/divinity.271

Overview

Correspondence, diaries, and writings document the life and work of Charles Cutler Torrey, Biblical scholar and archaeologist who taught Semitic languages at Andover Theological Seminary (1892–1900) and Yale University (1900–1932).

Biographical / Historical

Chronology
1863 December 20
Born in East Hardwick, Vermont
1884
Received B. A. from Bowdoin College
1889
Received B.D. from Andover Theological Seminary
1892
Received Dr. Phil., Strasbourg University
1892–1900
Taught Semitic languages at Andover Theological Seminary
1900-1901
Founder and first director (1900–01) of the American School of Archaeology (later renamed the American School of Oriental Research) at Jerusalem.
1900-1931
Professor of Semitic Languages, Yale University
1915-1922
Curator, Palestinian Pottery Collection, Yale University
1920-1932
Chairman, Department of Semitic Languages, Yale
1931-1932
Sterling Professor, Yale
1931-1938
Associate Curator of Coins, Yale University Library
1956 November 12
Died in Chicago
Title
Guide to the Charles Cutler Torrey Papers
Author
Divinity Library staff
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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