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Princeton University Archaeological Expeditions Collection


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Prentice, William Kelly, 1871-1964

William Kelly Prentice was a Greek scholar and authority on classical inscriptions. A member of the Princeton Class of 1892, he was an instructor (1892-1893) at the Lawrenceville School, N.J., before becoming a member of the Princeton University faculty in 1894 as an instructor in Greek. He retired from Princeton in 1940 as Ewing Professor of Greek Languages and Literature. Prentice participated in archaeological expeditions to Syria, served in World War I, and was the author of several books.

The collection contains field notes on Greek, Latin, and Semitic inscriptions taken by William Kelly Prentice (Princeton Class of 1892), Enno Littmann, and David Magie on the American Archaeological Expedition to Syria (AAES), 1899-1900, and the Princeton Archaeological Expeditions to Syria (PAES), 1904-1905 and 1909, all sponsored by Princeton University. These notes were used as the basis for Prentice's Greek and Latin Inscriptions (1908), which was Part III of the publications of the AAES, 1899-1900, and Littmann's Semitic Inscriptions (1914), a publication of the PAES, 1904-1905.

Also present is a typed journal of the Princeton Scientific Expedition of 1886, led by William Berryman Scott and Francis Speir to Montana and other Western states in search of fossils. Other members of this expedition included Felix Paton, Francis Fisher Kane (Princeton Class of 1886), and Joseph Baucus (Princeton Class of 1886).


Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Archaeological Notes, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Biography of William Kelly Prentice, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prinecton Scientific Expedition of 1886, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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