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Correspondence from Wace family home, Cambridge, 1920-1957

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This series comprises letters sent to Alan Wace, with a few copies of his letters sent in reply, by archaeologists and scholars. Notable correspondents include Sophia Schliemann, Sir Arthur Evans and Carl Blegen. There are over ninety individual correspondents. Most letters pertain to archaeological research, discoveries and enquiries. Some correspondence after Alan Wace's death, undertaken by his wife Helen and daughter Lisa, is also included as it relates to posthumous publications.


  • Creation: 1920-1957



1 collection (3 boxes, typescript and handwritten ink and pencil on paper) : paper

Language of Materials



Letters are arranged alphabetically according to surname. Letters between Wace, Walter Leaf, T.W. Allen and A.Shewan were grouped by Wace under the heading 'Homerica'; this has been retained. Two letters, from Helen Waterhouse (née Thomas) and Miss Lorimer, are included with letters from Gotze, because they were researching these letters. A group of correspondence between Leonard Woolley, Wace, Arthur Lane and Sidney Smith was grouped under the initial W by Wace.

Custodial History

These letters to A. J .B. Wace were sorted after his death by his daughter E. B. W. French and her husband David H. French in Spring 1962. They weeded the collection and retained only those letters which pertained to archaeology. As part of the 'Wace Archive', before it entered the Faculty Archives, correspondence was given the inventory number WA. 94, and additional correspondence added later, WA. 94.1. Additional letters were stored in Wace's small brown suitcase which entered the Faculty Archives in the same accession. Finally, in Autumn 2019, some letters were discovered where A. J. B. Wace had tucked them into his collection of off-prints, which had also been acquired in the same accession. The immediate provenance of all these batches of correspondence was the Wace family home at 26 Millington Road, Cambridge, UK.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr E. B. W. French, 2013

Processing Information

These letters were catalogued by Rachel Phillips, Faculty of Classics, during 2020 and 2021.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Cambridge: Faculty of Classics Archives Repository

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA United Kingdom
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