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Dean Putnam Lockwood papers

Identifier: HC.MC-835

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Dean Lockwood’s writings on subjects relating to Greek and Roman literature and Humanism, but also stories he authored and a translation of Winnie the Pooh into Latin. There is correspondence, especially relating to the publication of his book on Ugo Benzi, but also as a young man writing to his parents from Europe. Some of his correspondents include: L. Bertalot, Otto Fuchs, Charles Haskins and Rayner Kelsey. There are notes and three book-length manuscripts by Dean Lockwood on Ugo Benzi, Rinucci Aretini and Ferrara. In addition, there are papers relating to his teaching at Haverford College, including Latin plays, notes for class preparation, as well as exams for his classes in Medieval and Modern Latin.

Finally, there are selected photographs of Italy and a few other art objects. A box of antiquities includes 23 items of Greek or Roman origin and four boxes of plaster casts include medallions (box 1 of plaster cast objects), British and French Royals, classical series and cultural figures (box 2 of plaster cast objects) and friezes (boxes 3 and 4 of plaster cast objects). Information on these items includes: title, location (box no.), identifying features (name), dimensions of object, description and provenance.

The package contains a plaster cast of the profile of a bearded man, probably created at the turn of the 20th century by S.J. Kelly of Boston.

There are a number of boxes of Lockwood’s bibliographic sources on note cards.

A few items of interest, including two 15th-century Latin manuscripts have been removed to other locations (see Materials Removed at the end of the finding aid).


  • 1899 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1899 - 1960

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Dean P. Lockwood (1883-1965), son of Robert Lockwood and Ellen Dean Lockwood, was born in Brazil. The family returned to the U.S. when he was one. As a child, he attended a school established by his parents. He began to study Latin when he was ten. Lockwood received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1907, writing his thesis on Rinucci Aretini, “De Vita Operibusque Rinucci Aretini. He visited European libraries to study Classical education & literature. He began teaching at Harvard in 1909, then Columbia, and arrived at Haverford College in 1918 where he remained until 1952, teaching ancient Latin and Greek, as well as medieval and modern Latin, as well as serving as the college’s Librarian. Lockwood was married to Esther Abercrombie. Lockwood’s magnum opus, Ugo Benzi, published in 1951 by the University of Chicago Press, illustrated late medieval philosophic and clinical medicine through Benzi, a leading humanist-physician of the 15th century. The book portrayed not only “the living figure of Ugo in his true environment” but also “the physician’s relation to society and of the layman’s attitude to the physician and to medicine.” His work on the Ferrara codex, a humanistic “echo of the Council of Ferrara” is related to Lockwood’s work on Ugo Benzi, but was apparently not published as a book. His second book was A Survey of Classical Roman Literature in two volumes published in 1934. An ardent book collector, he owned about 4,000 books and pamphlets just on Latin literature.


16 Linear Feet (27 boxes, 4 artifact boxes, 1 package)




The papers of Latin scholar and professor of Latin at Haverford College, Dean P. Lockwood include primarily textual materials on topics relating to Greek literature and the history of Haverford College, but also a collection of his art and artifacts.

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