Hamilton, Edith, 1867-1963. Papers of Edith Hamilton, 1895-1970: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: D-12
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Edith Hamilton, 1867-1963
Title: Papers of Edith Hamilton, 1895-1970
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and photographs of classicist Edith Hamilton.
These papers of Edith Hamilton were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in July
1984 and March 1992 by Elizabeth Reid Pfeiffer (via Barbara Sicherman).
Preliminary inventory: July 1984
By: Margaret Espy
Additional material added: November 2015
By: Johanna Carll
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Edith Hamilton as well as copyright
in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Edith Hamilton Papers, 1895-1970; item description, dates. D-12, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Alice Hamilton papers, 1909-1987
); Hamilton family papers, 1818-1974 (MC 278
); Hamilton family papers, 1879-1947 (84-M210
); and Hamilton family additional papers, 1850-1976 (83-M175
Edith Hamilton, classicist, was born on August 12, 1867, to Gertrude (Pond) and Montgomery
Hamilton. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attended Miss Porter's School (1884-1886),
and entered Bryn Mawr College in 1891. She was graduated in 1894 with A.B. and A.M.
degrees and a fellowship that enabled her and her sister Alice to study in Germany.
Hamilton was headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore from 1896 to 1922.
Encouraged by friends to write on her specialty, classical antiquity, she published
The Greek Way (1930) and The Roman Way (1932). She translated Greek dramas, wrote on biblical antiquity, and was made an
honorary citizen of Athens. She shared homes in Maine, New York, and Washington with
Doris Fielding Reid until Hamilton's death in Washington in 1963.
The papers consist of correspondence between Hamilton and her sisters and cousins
from 1929 to 1961. The letters from Alice describe her role in the Sacco and Vanzetti
case, and Edith's early letters discuss her Latin studies and friendships at Bryn
Mawr College. Later letters contain family news and chronicle her trips to Italy,
Portugal, Spain, and Greece (1955-1957). The final letters are brief; in some she
writes philosophically about her own death.
Materials received in 1992 (#8-30) include correspondence and clippings. Correspondence
includes reader responses to Hamilton's books and articles, invitations to Hamilton
to speak and receive awards, letters from publishers, and small number of letters
from friends and family. Letters are addressed to both Edith Hamilton and Doris Fielding
Reid. Clippings are mostly reviews of Hamilton's books. Files are arranged alphabetically.
- Box 1: Folders 1-6, 8-14
- Box 2: Folders 15-30
- 1. Alice Hamilton to Edith Hamilton, 1929-1938, n.d.; includes letters to Doris and Edith
- 2. Edith Hamilton, to family, early, 1895, n.d.; includes some from Doris Reid.
- 3. Edith Hamilton, to family, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, n.d.; includes letters from Doris
Reid and others, 1936, n.d.
- 4. Edith Hamilton, to family, 1953-1956; includes some from Doris Reid.
- 5. Edith Hamilton, to family, 1957-1958, n.d.; includes some from Doris Reid.
- 6. Edith Hamilton to Agnes and Margaret Hamilton and family, 1960s, n.d.
- 7. Photographs.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 8. About Edith Hamilton [correspondence, clippings], 1930-1970
- 9. Answered letters, 1949, 1957-1958
- 10. Answered letters, 1959-1960
- 11. Answered letters, 1961; includes re: Hamilton's declining health
- 12. Answered letters, 1962-1970
- 13. By Hamilton, 1932-1952
- 14. Correspondence about Edith Hamilton [with Doris Fielding Reid], 1969-1970
- 15. The Ever-Present Past, 1964-1965
- 16. Fan letters, 1927-1956; includes Lee Simonson, Donald Oenslager, Jamie de Angulo,
- 17. Fan letters, 1957-1958
- 18. Fan letters, 1959-1962; includes Helen Hayes
- 19. Fan letters, 1964-1966, n.d.; includes Donald Oenslager, Roger William Riis
- 20. [Edith Hamilton to Alice Hamilton from Greece, 1957]
- 21. Important papers: honorary degrees [correspondence], 1953-1967; includes re: other
- 22. [Letters found together: Madam Chiang Kai-Shek, George Thomson, Jamie de Angulo, Oriana
Atkinson, Brooks Atkinson, Ezra Pound, 1947-1970]
- 23. Letters re: television show, February 8, 1959
- 24. NBC program [transcript of Arts and the Gods program #1, "The Gods Are Born"], 1957
- 25. Doris Fielding Reid article re: Edith Hamilton [drafts], n.d.
- 26. [Doris Fielding Reid: Edith Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait] WW Norton & Company and Storer Lunt
- 27. [Doris Fielding Reid letter to her father, Henry Fielding Reid, 1914]
- 28. [Doris Fielding Reid writings re:] J.J. Thomson, n.d.
- 29. A Treasury of Edith Hamilton [reviews, correspondence], 1969-1970
- 30. [Uncataloged photographs, 1929, n.d.]
Europe--Description and travel
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
Voyages and travels
Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Bryn Mawr School
Hamilton, Agnes, 1868-1961
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Hamilton, Jessie, 1866-1960
Hamilton, Margaret, 1871-1969
Hamilton, Norah, 1873-1945
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972
Reid, Doris Fielding
Weske, Dorothy Bruce