Frank C. Babbitt Papers


Collection Number: GR ASCSA  FCB 018
Name(s) of Creator(s): Frank Cole Babbitt (1867-1935)
Title: Frank C. Babbit Papers
Date [bulk]: 1895-1932
Date [inclusive]:
Language(s): English
Summary: This small collection of papers includes transcripts by his daughter Katherine M. Babbitt of a scrapbook Babbitt started in Trieste in 1895 but petered out after a couple of weeks to scrappy notes on cards. Between 6-10th of April 1896, as evidenced by the scrapbook, he attended the first Olympic Games in Athens, and from the 14th to the 29th of July he went on a “Reise durch den Peloponnes” led by German architect and archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld. There are also a few copies of letters between Babbitt and James R. Wheeler, Chairman of the American School’s Managing Committee at the time. The originals were donated by Katherine M. Babbitt to Trinity College. Finally, the collection includes several snapshots taken in 1931-1932, the year the Babbitts lived in Athens. In the fall of 1987, Doreen Canaday Spitzer and Carol Zerner published in the ASCSA Newsletter a brief essay about the Babbitt papers.
Quantity:  0.20 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Katherine M. Babbitt, 1987
Information about Access: The collection is available for research
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archives, Frank C. Babbitt Papers (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Αρχείο Frank C. Babbitt)


Frank Cole Babbitt (1867-1935) graduated from Andover in 1885, taught in Warren, Connecticut, schools for two years, then entered Harvard from which he received his A.B. in 1890, A.M. in 1892, and PhD in 1895. In 1895-1896 he was the first fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in Archaeology, with a stipend of $600. Upon his return, Babbitt taught at Harvard until 1898, when he was appointed professor of Greek at Trinity College at Hartford, CT, a position he held until his death in 1935. He translated five volumes of Plutarch’s Moralia for the Loeb Classical Library. In 1931-1932 he was visiting professor at the American School.

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The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
54 Souidias Street
Athens 106 76, Greece
Phone: 213 000 2400 (ext. 425)