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Guide to the Gordon Jennings Laing Papers 1894-1935

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Descriptive Summary


Laing, Gordon Jenning. Papers




2.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Gordon Jennings Laing, Professor of Latin and Roman History. The Gordon Jennings Laing Papers contain teaching materials, lecture notes, translations, students' papers, and honorary degrees.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Laing, Gordon Jennings. Papers, , [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Gordon Jennings Laing was born in 1869. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1891 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1896. Laing had a long academic career, which began with an appointment as Instructor of Latin at Bryn Mawr College from 1897 to 1899. Lange then came to the University of Chicago, where he became Professor in 1913 and chairman of the Latin Department in 1919. Laing left Chicago to become Professor, chairman of Classics Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, at McGill University from 1921 to 1923. He returned to Chicago to serve as Dean of the newly formed Humanities Division between 1931 and 1935, later becoming Dean of Alumni from 1940 to 1943.

In addition, Laing served as General Editor of the University of Chicago Press from 1909 to 1921 and again from 1923 to1940. He was involved in numerous professional organizations. He served as president of the American Philological Association and was, for many years, vice-president of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Laing's publications included four textbooks and articles and books about his special fields of interest, Roman social history and Roman religion.

Gordon Jennings Laing died in 1945.

Scope Note

The Gordon Jennings Laing Papers contain teaching materials, lecture notes, translations, students' papers, and honorary degrees.

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Subject Headings


Series I: Lecture notes and teaching materials

Box 1   Folder 1

Bibliography for history of Latin literature

Box 1   Folder 2

Roman literature-early period

Box 1   Folder 3

Roman comedy

Box 1   Folder 4


Box 1   Folder 5


Box 1   Folder 6

Novi poetae-Catullus

Box 1   Folder 7

Lucretius, Epicureanism

Box 1   Folder 8

Roman oratory

Box 1   Folder 9


Box 1   Folder 10

Cicero's letters to Trebatius [seminar notes, Johns Hopkins, 1894]

Box 1   Folder 11


Box 1   Folder 12

Bellum Africanum [seminar paper, Johns Hopkins, no date]

Box 1   Folder 13


Box 2   Folder 1

Prose and poetry of the Augustan Age

Box 2   Folder 2

Elegy-Propertius and Tibullus

Box 2   Folder 3

Vergil-minor works (Appendix Vergiliana), Eclogues and Georgics

Box 2   Folder 4

Vergil-Eclogues and Georgics

Box 2   Folder 5


Box 2   Folder 6

Vergil-critical opinions about

Box 2   Folder 7


Box 2   Folder 8


Box 2   Folder 9


Box 2   Folder 10

Livy [seminar notes, Johns Hopkins, 1894]

Box 2   Folder 11

Livy [historiographical material, Johns Hopkins, no date]

Box 3   Folder 1

Silver Age

Box 3   Folder 2


Box 3   Folder 3


Box 3   Folder 4

Seneca the Younger

Box 3   Folder 5


Box 3   Folder 6


Box 3   Folder 7


Box 3   Folder 8

Pliny the Elder, pliny the Younger, Flavian authors, Juvenal

Box 3   Folder 9

Juvenal, Satire XIII [paper, Johns Hopkins, 1895]

Box 3   Folder 10

Martial [including article by Fred R. Hellems, University of Colorado Studies, vol. IV, no. 1, December 1906. Typescript, carbon]

Box 3   Folder 11


Box 3   Folder 12

Tacitus-introductory material

Box 3   Folder 13


Box 3   Folder 14

Tacitus-bibliographies [from papers written by Laing's students]

Box 3   Folder 15


Box 3   Folder 16

Apuleius, Apologia, Latin prose composition

Series II: Latin Prose Composition Materials

Box 4   Folder 1

Latin prose introductory material

Box 4   Folder 2-12

Latin prose set pieces, translations, fair copies

Box 5   Folder 1-6

Latin prose set pieces, translations, fair copies

Series III: Latin texts for honorary degrees and ceremonial University letters

Box 5   Folder 7

University letters in Latin; printed speeches by Sir John Edwin Sandys, Public Orator at Cambridge

Box 5   Folder 8

Honorary degrees: English versions, Latin drafts, final drafts