Records of the Department of Classics
Scope and Contents
The Records of the Classics Department at Northwestern University fill three boxes and span the years 1964-1992. They have been arranged chronologically by date in each folder, and the folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title. The records fall into four categories - administrative, faculty files, teaching files, and teaching assistant files, of which the teaching files comprise the largest part.
The administrative files document the functioning of the Classics Department. They document the efforts of Classics faculty to institute new courses or change existing ones; the distribution of grants and scholarships; the management of teaching assistants; and attempts to establish joint programs with other departments in the University. Three files in particular are noteworthy. The first contains a list of responses that former classics students gave to a survey conducted by the department to determine how studying classics had helped them in the “real world” (Box 1, Folder 1). Most respondents said that, despite comments like “why the ____ did you study that?,” their concentration in classics helped them develop a better understanding of the English language and of modern civilizations, and gave them a solid background for law school. On a personal level, they felt that studying classics gave them motivation to read and learn. The second file of interest covers the department's plan for developing a Modern Greek Studies program. The effort to create this new program was begun, in large part, by Charles Moskos of the Sociology Department who, together with John Wright, began seeking funds from former alumni. The records include receipts for donations and correspondence for and against the program, including a letter from the Greek Consulate General, who requested more information on Greek students on campus. Another file contains correspondence with the Philosophy Department in an attempt to create joint program in Ancient Philosophy.
The files on the Classics Department faculty contain general correspondence about publications, reviews and comments on their texts, student recommendations, and letters sent to friends and other classics professors.
The teaching files contain class lists and schedules; student grades; copies of exams, lectures, and handouts; and flyers for symposia and lectures sponsored by the department. These flyers are especially interesting, showing that the faculty lectured on a wide variety of topics including ancient architecture, “The Heinrich-Schliemann Controversy,” and “The Anti-Semitism of the Apostle Paul”. The class lists, schedules, and grades have been arranged chronologically by date within each folder. Those records pertaining to specific courses are arranged alphabetically by course number and chronologically by date within the folders.
The teaching assistant files contain grades, correspondence, exams, and student evaluations of the various graduate students within the department who served as teaching assistants. These records are arranged alphabetically by surname and chronologically by date within the folders.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at email@example.com or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
The Records of the Classics Department at Northwestern University fill three boxes and span the years 1964-1992. The records fall into four categories - administrative, faculty files, teaching files, and teaching assistant files, of which the teaching files comprise the largest part.
They have been arranged chronologically by date in each folder, and the folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Method of Acquisition
These records were transferred to the University Archives in two accessions. John Wright transferred the first on December 3, 1993 as accession #93-193. Lisa Yondorf transferred the second accession on October 26, 1995 as accession #95-184.
Two and one-half cubic feet of duplicate and extraneous materials were separated from this series and discarded. A few items were added to the University Archives General Files of Photographic Collections
Martin Firestein, March 15, 2001.
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