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Classics Department

 Record Group
Identifier: RG14-07-CLAS

Scope and Contents

The Classics Department record group is split in to three series:

Series 1: Office Files Series 2: Courses, Curriculum, and Catalog Changes Series 3: Teaching Files

Series 1: Office Files contains six document boxes organized chronologically. Box 1 contains materials pertaining to classics theater performances from 1895-1925. Box 2 cotains materials for the 1926 performance of Hecuba, and Box 3 holds a Scrapbook for this Hecuba performance. Boxes 4, 5, and 6 contain office materials organized chronologically, and include department correspondence, meeting notes, press releases, reports, and budgets, as well as other programming files. These files include play programs, scholarship information, brochures, and newspaper articles.

Series 2: Courses, Curriculum, and Catalog Changes is held in Box 7, and contains course lists, curriculum reports, and course descriptions. It is ordered chronologically by academic year.

Series 3: Teaching Files contains 12 document boxes of materials created by the classics faculty for teaching courses. Box 8 contains general materials of the classics department for teaching courses, as well as those files unable to be idenitfied and assigned to individual faculty members. Box 9 holds all materials, correspondence, programs, and newsclippings related to the Hellenic Tradition Seminar, also known as the Greek Honors Course. Boxes 10 to 19 contain the course materials created by individual faculty members of the Classics department. The files are organized alphabetically. Boxes 13 to 18 contain the file for Rev. William H. Fitzgerals, S.J. and hold a large collection of notes and translations for many Latin and Greek plays. These plays are organized alphabetically, as well as separated by language.


  • 1895-2022


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Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Historical Note

The classics, both Ancient Greek and Latin, have been studied at College of the Holy Cross since its early years. The classics faculty produced and sponsored many theatrical programs, as well as debate opportunities, oratory competitions, and site reading contests to students in both Greek and Latin. Beginning in 1956, an honors course in Greek, the Hellenic Tradition Seminar, was launched by Rev. Joseph M-F. Marique, S.J., which had a public final examination. The department also began a program in 1974 called Classics Day, a daylong series of events relating to the study of Roman culture designed to familiarize high school students from all over the Northeast with the Holy Cross classics department, its faculty and current students.

Today, students in the Department of Classics study the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations through their languages, texts, and artifacts. Courses are available every semester in the Greek and Latin languages at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. There are also offerings in Greek and Roman literature, history, politics, mythology, rhetoric, art and archaeology, and religion.


8.28 Cubic Feet (19 Document Boxes)

Language of Materials


Greek, Ancient (to 1453)


Related Materials

The following faculty members have manuscripts collections in Distinctive Collections:

  • Rev. Joseph D. Ahearn, S.J. (SC011-AHEA)
  • Rev. Henry E. Bean, S.J., (SC017-BEAN)
  • Rev. Charles E. Buckley, S.J. (SC023-BUCK)
  • Rev. William T. Donaldson S.J., (SC046-DONA)
  • Rev. T. Lawrence Foran, S.J. (SC064-FORA)
  • Rev. Francis J. Hart, S.J. (SC077-HART)
  • Rev. Joseph M. F., Marique S.J. (SC102-MARI)

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