File 37 - Henry Jackson: correspondence M

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Add. MS c/37


Henry Jackson: correspondence M


  • 1894-1947 (Creation)

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30 folders

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Henry Jackson was born in 1839, the son of an eminent Sheffield surgeon of the same name. He attended Sheffield Collegiate School and Cheltenham College before entering Trinity College Cambridge in 1858. He graduated BA in 1862 as third Classic. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 1864 and became Assistant Tutor in 1866, Praelector in Ancient Philosophy in 1875 and Vice-Master in 1914. In 1906 he succeeded R. C. Jebb as Regius Professor of Greek. Jackson was a great reformer, both within the college and the university. Together with Henry Sidgwick and others he essentially established the Cambridge supervisory system by introducing it in the classical side at Trinity. Other disciplines and other colleges soon followed suit.

Jackson's area of study was Greek philosophy, but he did not publish greatly - editing book 5 of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and writing a series of pieces on Plato's later theory of ideas in the Journal of Philology. His greater achievement was in his lectures and his ability to train the next generation of classical scholars; his more eminent students included R. K. Gaye, Francis Cornford and R. G. Bury. He died in 1921.

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Gift of Sir Henry Cholmondeley Jackson, 1949.

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Part of one of thirteen boxes of Henry Jackson's correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and catalogued as Add.Ms.c.24-47.

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A detailed catalogue of the correspondence was made by Sir Henry Cholmondeley Jackson, and is housed as Add.MS.c.47A.

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The Papers of Henry Jackson, Add.MS.a.289-290, Add.MS.b.75-76, Add.MS.b.80-88, Add.MS.c.24-47a, and Add.MS.d.73, are described briefly and linked from the collection level record linked below.

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See also Sir Henry Cholmondeley Jackson's heavily annotated and interleaved copy of R. St. John Parry's memoir, Henry Jackson, O.M. Vice-Master of Trinity College and Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge, in Trinity College Library, shelf mark Adv c.25.61.

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Cards in the card catalogue were used as the source for item records added in 2020 by Diana Smith.

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