George L. Huxley Papers


Collection Number: GR ASCSA GLH 067
Name(s) of Creator(s): George Leonard Huxley (1932-2022)
Title: George L. Huxey Papers
Date [bulk]: 1955-2005
Date [inclusive]:
Language(s): English
Summary: The collection contains personal and professional correspondence with a number of insitutions including the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the British Schhol at Athens, and the Royal Irish Academy, notes from lectures and talks, as well as a large collection of press clippings which demostrate the variety of Huxley's interests. 
Quantity: 17 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of George H. Huxley, 2008
Information about Access: The collection is available for research (with restrictions)
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archives, George L. Huxley Papers (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Αρχείο George L. Huxley)
Notes: The catalogue was prepared by Vassilis Spanos in 2010 with the contribution of Sharon Oliver who processed the newspaper clippings.

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54 Souidias Street, Athens 106 76, Greece
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George Leonard Huxley was an internationally known philologist. He was born on 23 September 1932.  He attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied Classical Philology. From 1955 to 1961 he was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. In 1956 he was appointed Assistant Director of the British School at Athens. He was twice visiting lecturer at Harvard University (1958-59 and 1961-1962). George L. Huxley taught for twenty years at Queen’s University in Belfast as professor of Greek (1962-1983). He has been a member of many distinguished committees and associations throughout his career: Executive Member of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (1971-1972), Irish Member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities Euro Scientists Federation (1978-1986), member (since 1979), Senior Vice President (1984-1985/1999-2000), Honorary Librarian (1990-1994), Special envoy of the Royal Irish Academy (1994-1997) and Vice president (1997-1998) of the Royal Irish Academy. Ιn 1984 Professor Huxley served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the VIII International Congress of Classical Studies, in Dublin. In 1984 he was also elected as Senior Vice President of the Federation Internationale des Societes of d’ Etudes Classiques. From 1986 until 1989, Huxley served as the Director of the Gennadius Library at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He became honorary professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin in 1989 and in 1999 he was appointed honorary professor of the Classical Association of Ireland. In 2003 professor Huxley was the keynote speaker of the XVI International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Boston.  Finally, Huxley co-directed with Nicolas Coldstream, the Kythera Excavation Project. A prolific writer, he published and edited the following books, in addition to hundreds of articles: Achaeans and the Hittites (1960), The Early Ionians (1966), Greek Epic Poetry from Eumelos to Panyassis (1969), Kythera: Excavations and Studies Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the British School at Athens (1972), Pindar’s Vision of the Past (1975), On Aristotle and Greek Society (1979), Homer and the Travellers (1988). He was married to Davina Best.


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Subseries Ia: Correspondence with individuals (Boxes 1-26)
George L. Huxley’s correspondence with the academic community, organized in alphabetical order.

Subseries Ib: Academia Europaea, correspondence and related papers (Box 27)
Correspondence, related papers, meetings and congresses of Academia Europaea (member since 1990).

Subseries Ic: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), correspondence and related papers (Boxes 28-29)
Organized chronologically, it contains correspondence with the Trustees, Managing Committee Members, and Directors of the American School, as well as financial matters, issues of personnel, and more.

Subseries Id: The British School at Athens (BSA), correspondence and related papers (Box 30)
Correspondence and related material of the activities of the BSA and the Friends of the British School at Athens.

Subseries Ie: The Gennadius Library, correspondence and related papers (Box 31)
This subseries contains papers from the Committee on the Gennadius Library, the activities of the Friends of the Gennadius Library, and miscellaneous correspondence.

Subseries If: The Royal Irish Academy (RIA), correspondence and related papers (Boxes 32-34)
It covers almost all aspects of the RIA activities from 1979-2005, including prosaic memos and announcements, participation on various committees, discussions about proposed permanent and temporary members of the RIA, announcements of seminars and colloquia, activities of the Library of RIA, and correspondence.

Subseries Ig: Other Cultural Institutions, correspondence and related papers (Boxes 35-41)
Correspondence and related papers with cultural associations and societies, foundations, social clubs, committees, domestic and international governmental institutions (i.e. Athenaeum, British Academy, Classical Association of Ireland, Egypt Exploration Society, Institute for Irish Studies, Society of Antiquaries of London, Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies).

Subseries Ih: Universities, correspondence and related papers (Boxes 42-46)
(All Souls College, Magdalen College, Oxford, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, The University of Dublin - Trinity College, Queen’s University Belfast).

Subseries Ii: Publishing Houses, correspondence and contracts (Box 47).

Subseries Ik: Invitations (Box 47)
Invitations to George L. Huxley to participate in lectures, conferences, and colloquia

Subseries Il: Press - Correspondence (Box 48-49)
Letters to editors about miscellaneous subjects (in chronological order), press releases about George L. Huxley’s work and articles submitted to the newspapers.


Subseries IIa: Family Correspondence (Box 50, pt. 1)
George L. Huxley’s correspondence with his family and relatives

Subseries IIb: Postcards (Box 50, pt. 2)
Postcards addressed to the Huxley family

Subseries IIc: Personal Correspondence (Box 51)
George L. Huxley’s correspondence with governmental institutions, private companies, and other.

Subseries IId: Miscellaneous Correspondence (Box 52)
Correspondence with companies concerning home repairs services, personal bills, private flyers, requests for services, and other.

Subseries IIe: Personal Invitations (Box 52)
Invitations for social events addressed to the Huxley family

Subseries IIf: Personal History (Box 52)
Biographical information, Huxley’s family tree, and miscellaneous photographs

Subseries IIg: Papers and Correspondence with financial organizations (Boxes 53-55)
(i.e., AETNA Life Insurance Company Limited, Bank of Ireland, Capital House, Fisher Investments Europe Ltd, Guardian Financial Services, Lloyds TSB Insurance, Newton Investment Management Limited, Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund, Wenn Townsend Chartered Accountants)

Subseries IIh: Papers and Correspondence with Railway Organizations (Boxes 56-58)
(i.e., Department for Transport, Downpatrick Railway Society, Forest of Dean Railway Limited, Gauge O’ Guild Limited, Great Central Railway, Heritage Railway Association, Irish Railway Record Society, National Council on Inland Transport, Oxfordshire Railway Society)

Subseries IIi: “Bloody Sunday” Inquiry (Box 59). Papers, articles, and reports about the inquiry.

Subseries IIj: Miscellaneous (Boxes 60-62)
Brochures and papers of cultural institutions, papers and correspondence with religious institutions, bills, receipts, and tickets.


Subseries IIIa: Writings (Boxes 64-65)
Off prints of articles and copies of books written by George L. Huxley, arranged chronologically.

Subseries IIIb: Book Reviews (Box 66)
Copies of book reviews written by George L. Huxley, arranged chronologically.

Subseries IIIc: Academic Trips (Boxes 67-69)
Itineraries, tickets, notes, etc.

Subseries IIId: Lectures, Introductory Speeches, Talks, Seminars (Boxes 70-72)

Subseries IIIe: Drafts, Notes and Handouts (Boxes 73-78)


This series contains 3 boxes with books, articles and off prints written by others.


Newspaper clippings, collected by George L. Huxley, arranged in different subjects and chronologically (i.e. Archaeology, Education, Royal Irish Academy, Greek Culture, Art/Museums/Exhibitions, Linguistics, Obituaries, Railroad, Foreign Press)

Subseries Va: Archaeology

Subseries Vb: Education

Subseries Vc: Royal Irish Academy