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BANC MSS 72/32  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Henry Roy William Smith papers
    Creator: Smith, H.R.W (Henry Roy William), 1891-
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 72/32
    Physical Description: 18 Linear Feet (10 cartons, 11 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)
    Date (bulk): 1911-1971 (bulk 1926-1960)
    Abstract: The Henry Roy William Smith papers (1911-1971) document Smith’s scholarship and career in classical archaeology, with emphasis on his study of Greek vases.
    Physical Location: Many of The Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joanna M. Black in 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry Roy William Smith papers, 72/32c The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Henry Roy William Smith papers were given to The Bancroft Library by John MacDonald Smith in 1971.

    Biographical Information

    Henry Roy William Smith (1891-1971) was a professor of Latin and Classical Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley as well as a leading authority on Greek vase painting. His contributions to the field include two important fascicules of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum focusing on artifacts held in San Francisco and Berkeley, as well as the book New Aspects of the Menon Painter (1929) which launched the University of California Publications in Classical Archaeology, a series Smith made major contributions to in 1932, 1944, 1951, and 1959. Smith was born in England in 1891 and educated at St. Paul's School, London and Pembroke College, Oxford. He began his career as Associate Professor of Classics at St. Francis Xavier in 1914 but shortly thereafter left to serve in the British army during the First World War. When the war concluded, Smith returned to St. Francis Xavier before going on to Princeton to serve as an instructor and later Assistant Professor of Classics. In 1928, he came to the University of California, Berkeley as Assistant Professor of Latin, later becoming Associate Professor in 1930 and finally, in 1931, Professor of Latin and Classical Archaeology. He retired in 1958 as Emeritus Associate Curator of Classical Archaeology, still pursuing his research in places like Rio de Janeiro and England. Smith maintained a strong friendship with the vase scholar J. D. Beazley, whose publication Development of Attic Black-Figure is dedicated to Smith. Smith, like other scholars who represented a generation of classical archaeologists from the first half of the twentieth century, distinguished himself in the study of Greek and Latin literature before focusing on ancient art. His expertise in the field was vast, with discussions about vases examining not just the artifact itself but topics such as Greek siege warfare and infant burials.

    Scope and Content

    The Henry Roy William Smith papers (1911-1971) document Smith’s scholarship and career in classical archaeology, with emphasis on his study of Greek vases. The collection is divided into two series: (1) correspondence, (2) research and reference material. The bulk of the collection consists of Smith’s notebooks containing his handwritten notes, sketches, reference photographs, and other material relating to Greek artifacts. To conserve space, papers were removed from select notebooks and placed into file folders. Within these folders, notebooks were assigned consecutive numbers (“Notebook 1”, “Notebook 2”, etc.) by the processing archivist to assist researchers. Notebooks with information written or attached on the notebook itself (such as notations or documents glued to the inside cover) remain intact in original condition. Although Smith was a Professor of Latin and Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, the collection contains very little in the way of teaching or instruction material.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Smith, Henry Roy William--Archives
    Greece -- Antiquities
    Vase-painting, Greek
    Classical antiquities
    Vases, Greek