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Paul Shorey letters

Identifier: Midwest-MS-149

Scope and Content of the Collection

Fourteen letters, some of them drafts, between Paul Shorey, Professor of Greek at the University of Chicago, and several German academics, including eminent historian Dietrich Schafer. Written in 1914 and 1915, the letters are concerned with the outbreak of World War I, and several have attached explanatory notes by one-time Newberry staff member Fritz Caspari. Also in the collection is a printed poem in German entitled “An England”.


  • Creation: 1914-1915



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Paul Shorey letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Paul Shorey letters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Paul Shorey

American classical scholar.

Born in Iowa in 1857, Shorey graduated from Harvard, then studied in Europe. He taught at Bryn Mawr, 1885-1892, and then the University of Chicago, 1892-1927, where he was the first professor of Greek. Shorey published extensively on Plato and Aristotle and the Greek metrics. He also was managing editor of Classical Philology, and gave the University of California Sather Lectures several times between 1916 and 1929.

Shorey died in 1934.


0.1 Linear Feet (3 folders)


Fourteen letters and drafts of letters between Paul Shorey, Professor of Greek at the University of Chicago, and various members of the German academic world, relating to the outbreak of the First World War, 1914-1915. Also, one printed German poem “An England”. Letters have attached explanatory notes written by Fritz Caspari, once a Newberry staff member.


Arranged in rough chronological order.

Collection Stack Location

1 1 2


Gift, Paul Shorey family.

Related Archival Materials note

For more Paul Shorey material, see also: William Morton Payne papers (Midwest MS Payne).

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Paul Shorey letters, 1914-1915
Virginia Hay Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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