Professor H A Harris Papers

Scope and Content

The archive contains a large number of St. David's College, Lampeter exam papers, exam papers from other colleges and an paper written by Harris, with accompanying notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold Arthur Harris was born in 1902. Educated at Oxford High School, he went on to study at Jesus College, Oxford. Here, he gained a first in Classical Moderations, becoming a senior scholar, and graduating with first class honours in English.

After graduation, Harris gained his teaching certificate, and in 1926 he was appointed Lecturer in Classics and English at St. David's College, Lampeter. In 1934, he was made Professor of Classics, taking responsibility for English during the Second World War. He remained in the post until his retirement in 1968.

Harris was responsible for a great deal of teaching at Lampeter. All St. David's students were, at this time, expected to study Greek for two years. Simultaneously, the numbers wishing to study English at the college were increasing. This left little time for his personal research interests. Yet he did manage to publish various books and articles, including Greek Athletes and Athletics in 1964, and Sport in Greece and Rome in 1968. These aroused great interest worldwide, and resulted in countless invitations to lecture on the subject.

Harris took a great interest in sport himself, particularly cricket. He possessed a vast knowledge of English County and Test cricketers, and was involved with the Lampeter XI. He also took a prominent role in many college dramatic productions. He visited Greece and Italy on an annual basis, being prevented only during the war years. These visits resulted in him being made a senior lecturer on the official Greek cruise tours. He died suddenly at Oxford in 1974.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers may be consulted through application to Peter Hopkins, Curator, Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, Trinity Saint David, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED. Tel 01570 424716, email:


Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to The University of Wales, Lampeter Archive.

Other Finding Aids

Basic finding aid available at the University of Wales, Lampeter.