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Leake: The Papers of Colonel William Martin Leake (1777-1860), soldier, topographer and antiquarian

Reference Code: GBR/3437/WMLK


  • Creation: 1802-1858



1 linear metre(s) (38 leather-bound field notebooks, 1 pamphlet, 4 foolscap bifolia, 2 bound volumes, 121 loose folia) : paper

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Custodial History

These papers were acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1864, when the museum purchased Col. W. M. Leake's collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins, gems, vases and bronzes, together with his books and papers . Upon the formation of the Museum of Classcial Archaeology (MOCA) in 1884, which at that juncture separated from the Fitzwilliam, the papers were retained by the former. The Leake papers are now on long term loan to MOCA, musem inventory reference MOCA 2019:1. The collection's custodial care and cataolgue is provided by the Faculty of Classics Archives which has assigned reference codes in common with other archival holdings in the repository, in order to facilitate intellectual access to the material.


Marsden, John Howard (1864) A brief memoir of the life and writings of the late Lieutenant-Colonel William Martin Leake. London: Printed by Whittingham and Wilkins for private circulation only.
Ernst Curtius(September 1876) Preussische Jahrbücher
J. E. Sandys, (1908) History of of Classical Scholarship, iii., p. 442 J..M. Wagstaff, (1992) 'Colonel Leake in Laconia', in J.M. Sanders (Ed.), ΦΙΛΟΛΑΚΩΝ. Lakonian studies in honour of Hector Catling. Athens, 277–83 J..M. Wagstaff, (2001) 'Pausanias and the topographers. The case of Colonel Leake', in S.E. Alcock, J.F. Cherry, and J. Elsner (Eds.), Pausanias. Travel and memory in Roman Greece,Oxford, 190–206 J..M. Wagstaff, (2001) 'Colonel Leake. Traveller and scholar' in S. Searight and M. Wagstaff (Eds.), Travellers in the Levant. Voyagers and visionaries. Durham, 3–15. C. L. Witmore, (2004) 'On multiple fields. Between the material world and media: Two cases from the Peloponnesus, Greece', Archaeological Dialogues, (2004) 11(2), 133–164
C. L. Witmore and T. V. Buttrey, (2008) 'William Martin Leake: a contemporary of P.O. Brøndsted in Greece and in London', in P. O. Brøndsted (1780–1842) – A Danish Classicist in his European context. Rasmussen, B.B., Jensen, J.S., Lund, J. and Märcher (Eds.) Historisk-filosofiske Skrifter (2008) 31, 15–34
Walpole, R. (Ed.) (2012) Travels in Various Countries of the East: Being a Continuation of Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey, Etc Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139175715

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