Papers of Sir John Edwin Sandys

Scope and Content

Notes and translations from classical works, a travel diary, and some correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sandys was born in Leicester in 1844, the son of a missionary. After attending the Church Missionary Society School in Islington and Repton School he won a scholarship to St John's College in 1863. Sandys was a distinguished student, winning many prizes and graduating Senior Classic in 1867. In the same year he was elected to a Fellowship of the College and was made a Lecturer, a post he held until 1907. From 1876 until his retirement in 1919, Sandys served the University as Public Orator.

Sandys wrote a number of books on classical subjects, most notably a 'History of Classical Scholarship'. Published in three volumes between 1903 and 1908, it still remains a valuable reference guide. Sandys married Mary Grainger in 1880, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1909 and died in 1922.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Given by Mary G. Sandys, Feb. 1923.

Note

Sandys was born in Leicester in 1844, the son of a missionary. After attending the Church Missionary Society School in Islington and Repton School he won a scholarship to St John's College in 1863. Sandys was a distinguished student, winning many prizes and graduating Senior Classic in 1867. In the same year he was elected to a Fellowship of the College and was made a Lecturer, a post he held until 1907. From 1876 until his retirement in 1919, Sandys served the University as Public Orator.

Sandys wrote a number of books on classical subjects, most notably a 'History of Classical Scholarship'. Published in three volumes between 1903 and 1908, it still remains a valuable reference guide. Sandys married Mary Grainger in 1880, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1909 and died in 1922.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Sir John Edwin Sandys

Archivist's Note

28 Oct 2008

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