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Scholfield, Alwyn Faber, 1884-1969 (Cambridge University Librarian)



  • Existence: 1884 - 1969


Alwyn Faber Scholfield (1884-1969) was Cambridge University Librarian, 1923-1949. He attended Eton before coming to King's College, Cambridge, in 1903, where he gained a second in both parts of the Classical Tripos. After his degree he travelled abroad and taught for a year at Eton. From 1911-1912 he worked in Cambridge University Library on Classical and early printed books. In 1913 he went to Calcutta as Keeper of the Records of the Government of India. During part of his time there he served as officiating Librarian of the Imperial Library, Calcutta. From 1919-1923 he worked in Cambridge as Librarian of Trinity College, until he was elected University Librarian in succession to Francis John Henry Jenkinson. He superintended the transfer of the University Library from the Old Schools to the new building in 1934, and created the Departmental organisation under which the Library functioned for many decades, laying down the Library's routine procedures with great thoroughness. He also edited Aelian, De natura animalium for the Loeb Classical Library (3 vols., 1958-1959), and Nicander: the poems and poetical fragments, with A.S.F. Gow (1953).

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Alwyn Faber Scholfield: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7894-7895
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Montague Rhodes James, notes on classical literature and translations, correspondence and material relating to the University Library.

Dates: 1905-1968
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