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Ehrenberg, Victor (1891-1976)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1500 Ehrenberg
Held at: Institute of Classical Studies
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Full title: Ehrenberg, Victor (1891-1976)
Date(s): 1912-1976
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 21 boxes
Name of creator(s): Ehrenberg | Victor Leopold | 1891-1976 | ancient historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Victor Leopold Ehrenberg: born Altona, Germany, 1891; studied Architecture at Stuttgart (1911-1912) and Classics and Ancient History at Gottingen (1912-1914), Berlin (1914) and Tubingen, (1919-1920); served in German Army on Western Front, 1914-1918, awarded Iron Cross, 2nd Class, 1914; Dr. phil, 1920; Privatdozent, University of Frankfurt, 1922; Nichtbeamter ausserordentlicher Professor, University of Frankfurt, 1928; Professor of Ancient History, German University, Prague, 1929-1939; emigrated to Britain, 1939, awarded grant by the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning; Classics Master, Carlisle Grammar School, 1941; Lecturer in Ancient History and Greek, King's College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (University of Durham), 1941-1945; Senior Classics Master, Bootham School, York, 1945-1946; Lecturer, later Reader in Ancient History, Bedford College, University of London, 1946-1957; died 1976. Married 1919, Eva Sommer, 2 sons [Sir Geoffrey Rudolph Elton and Prof Lewis Elton]
Major Publications: Die Rechtsidee im fruhen Griechentum, Leipzig, 1921; Ost und West, Brunn, 1935; Alexander and the Greeks, Oxford, 1938; The People of Aristophanes, Oxford 1943; Aspects of the Ancient World, Oxford 1945; Sophocles and Pericles, Oxford, 1954; The Greek State, Oxford 1960; From Solon to Socrates: Greek History and Civilisation during the Sixth and Fifth Centuries BC, London, 1967; numerous articles, book reviews and obituaries.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers of Professor Victor Leopold Ehrenberg, 1913-1976, comprising:
Ehrenberg's notes on lectures by Eduard Meyer, Berlin, 1914, Johannes Haller, and Wilhelm Weber, Tubingen, 1919-1920; Ehrenberg's lecture notes on Greek and Roman history, 1921-1973; King's College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, (University of Durham) examination papers in ancient history, 1941-1945;
Manuscripts, typescripts and annotated proofs of books, articles reviews and obituaries by Ehrenberg, particularly From Solon to Socrates: Greek History and Civilisation during the Sixth and Fifth Centuries BC, 1967;
Personal correspondence and papers, including Latin translations and compositions, 1913-1919; general correspondence, 1924-1939, particularly on the family's move to Britain in 1939; correspondence and papers on the sale of Ehrenberg's library, 1957; papers on visit to the United States, 1958 [mainly tourist literature] papers on the death of Werner Wilhelm Jaeger and Dr Hans Schaefer, 1961-1962; conference papers, 1959-1962; correspondence and papers on honorary degree from University of Cambridge,1966, correspondence and papers on 75th and 80th birthday celebrations, 1966, 1971; correspondence and papers on the Hans Ehrenberg Schule, Sennesdadt, 1967-192; papers on Joseph Vogt, 1969-1970; papers on the death of Joyce Southan, 1971;
Offprints of articles, book reviews and obituaries by Ehrenberg and others, c. 1922-1976;

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly German and English, some Greek and Latin.

System of arrangement:

Paper mainly sorted by type.

Conditions governing access:

By appointment only. Researchers wishing to consult the collection or seeking further information should first contact the Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A copying service is available, at the discretion of the Librarian, and subject to the condition of the originals.

Finding aids:


Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Papers bequeathed to the ICS by Professor Ehrenberg, 1976.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Ehrenberg bequest also included Greek and Roman pottery, some which is on display in the Library, photographs and plaster casts of Roman coins.

The files of the Society for Protection of Science and Learning, held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford contains material on Ehrenberg. (Ref NRA 31126 SPSL). Surrey University Library holds a collection of English, European and Jewish cultural and historical material bequeathed by Professor Ehrenberg. The Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex holds a collection of Ehrenberg/Elton family papers, given by Professor Lewis Elton, 2000.

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Publication note:

Personal Memoirs by Victor Ehrenberg, Privately Published, 1971; Ancient Society and Institutions, Studies Presented to Victor Ehrenberg on his 75th birthday, Oxford, 1966.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2002

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