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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, as well as 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, and exams for his classes in Medieval and Modern Latin.

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.

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).


  • Creation: 1899 - 1960
  • Creation: 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 year old. Lockwood attended a school established by his parents and 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 and literature. Lockwood began teaching at Harvard University in 1909, then taught at Columbia University before arriving at Haverford College in 1918. He remained at Haverford until 1952, teaching ancient Latin and Greek as well as medieval and modern Latin, and serving as the college’s Librarian. Lockwood was married to Esther Abercrombie. Lockwood’s magnum opus, published in 1951 by the University of Chicago Press, illustrated late medieval philosophic and clinical medicine through Ugo 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.” Lockwood's work on the Ferrara codex, a humanistic “echo of the Council of Ferrara” is related to his 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, Lockwood owned about 4,000 books and pamphlets on Latin literature alone.


11 linear ft. (21 boxes)

Language of Materials



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



Related Materials

The Folger Library contains the Lockwood Collection of Humanistic Latin literature of the 15th century.

Dean Putnam Lockwood manuscripts (HCS.001.040)

Separated Materials

To: J. Rendel Harris collection, nos. 47a and 47b: Two 15th-century Latin manuscripts both from the same text which are copies of one of Barzizza's texts on rhetoric based on Cicero. One of the two manuscripts is in a scribe’s hand (47a), the other is more draft- like in appearance. One of the manuscripts is incomplete (47b). Note: Gasparino (da) Barzizza (ca. 1360-ca. 1431) (or Gasparinus Barzizius Pergamensis in Latin) was an Italian grammarian and teacher noted for introducing a new style of epistolary Latin inspired by the works of Cicero. As one of the first Italian Humanists, he taught rhetoric, grammar and moral philosophy with the aim of reviving Latin literature. Accompanying the manuscripts is information from DPL as well as photographs of the Bodleian Canon. Misc. 165. See J. Rendel Harris catalog for more information.

To: 812R: 18th or 19 th century facsimile of a medieval antiphon page. (An antiphon is a response, usually sung in Gregorian chant, to a psalm or some other part of a religious service, such as at Vespers or at Mass. In this case, the text is for the celebration of Advent. The letters are probably handwritten while the large, elaborate decorations may have been printed. This leaf illustrates the size and elaborateness of Medieval service books. 60 x 43 cm

To PG: Note: The following are all by DPL The Sicilian Translators of the Twelfth Century and the First Latin Version of Ptolemy’s Almagest / by Charles H. Haskins and DPL. From: Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, vol. xxi, 1910 Aristophanes in the xvth century. From: Proceedings of the Am. Philological Assoc., vol. xi, 1910 Widening toward the past. From The Classical Journal, vol. v, no. 8, June, 1910 The Plot of the Querulus and the Folk-tales of Disguised Treasure. From: Transactions of the Am. Philological Assoc., vol. xliv, 1913 De Rinucio Aretino Graecarum Litterarum Interprete. From Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. Vol. xxiv, 1913 Roger Bacon’s Vision of the Study of Greek. From Proceedings of the Am. Philological Assoc., vol. xlv, 1914 Review of Athenian Lekythoi with outline Drawing in Matt color on a white ground by Arthur Fairbanks. From: The Classical Weekly, vol. ix, Jan. 29, 1916 Two thousand Years of Latin Translation from the Greek. From: Transactions of the Am. Philological Assoc., vol. xlix, 1918 Review of The Eclogues of Faustus Andrelinus and Joannes Arnolletus by Wilfred P. Mustard. From: The Classical Weekly, vol. xii, no. 12, Jan. 20, 1919 Roger Bacon’s Vision of the Study of Greek. From: The Classical Weekly, vol. xii, no. 16, Feb. 24, 1919 Post-Mortem Wit in Folk Tale, Literature and Roman Law. From: Proceedings of the Am. Philological Assoc., vol. lii, 1921 Roman Rhetoric as Training for the Bar. From: Proceedings of the Am. Philological Assoc., vol. lvii, 1926 Review of The Eclogues of Antonio Geraldini by Wilfred P. Mustard. From: The Classical Weekly, vol. xx, no. 22, Apr. 11, 1927 Leonardo Bruni’s Translation of Act 1 of the Plutus of Aristophanes. From: Classical Studies in Honor of John C. Rolfe. U. Pa. Press, [ca. 1928] Review of: The Suasoriae of Seneca the Elder by William A. Edward. From: The Classical Journal, vol. xxiv, no. 8, May 1929 Latin in the College. From: Education, June 1934 In Domo Rinucii. From: Classical and Mediaeval Studies in honor of Edward Kennard Rand. 1938. Prolegomena to the Life and Works of Ugo Benzi (1376-1439). From: Transactions & Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 4 Ser., vol. 8, no. 2, June 1940 Classical and Biblical Scholarship in the Age of the Renaissance and Reformation by DPL and Roland H. Bainton. From: Church History, vol. x, no. 2, June 1941 It is Time to Recognize a new ‘Modern Age.’ From: Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. iv, no. 1, Jan.1943 The Proposed ‘Library Associates.’ From: Haverford Review, Summer, 1943 Cooperative Acquisitions in the United States versus a World Library. From: College and Research Libraries, April 1947 The Limitations of Latin Poetry. N.p., n.d. Φβκ Association, including HC HC guide to exhibition, Jan., 1955 Q. Coll. at HC / T.E. Drake

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