Jevons Papers

Scope and Content

Research, lecture and sermon notes, and related material, largely on the main areas of Jevons' scholarly work on philosophy, personality, and comparative religion, but also reflecting his interest in contemporary educational, political and social questions (e.g. Joining the Labour Party). There is very little material on Jevons' early interest in classical antiquities. The papers contain no correspondence, and no material concerning Hatfield College or University of Durham affairs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Byron Jevons (1858-1936) was Professor of Philosophy in the University of Durham 1910-1930, Sub-Warden of the Durham Colleges 1902-1909 and Vice-Chancellor 1910-1911, and Master of Hatfield College 1896-1923. His early work was largely on Greek philosophy and antiquities, but in his later career he turned increasingly to the study of comparative religion and evolution, and also wrote on personality and philosophy. His chief publications included The development of the Athenian democracy (1886), A history of Greek literature (1886), The prehistoric antiquities of the Aryan peoples (1890), Plutarch's Romane questions (1892), A manual of Greek antiquities with Percy Gardner 11895), An introduction to the history of religions (1896), Evolution (1900), Religion in evolution (1906), Evolution of comparative religion (1908), An introduction to the study of comparative religion (1908), Idea of God in early religions (1910), Comparative religion (1913), Personality (1913), and Philosophy: what is it (1914).


Roughly grouped by subject

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited 20 September 1985 in the University of Durham's Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic (from 1990 part of the University Library) via Dr. D.J. Davies, who had used the papers for a book on Jevons, and finding them in random order, had himself arranged them roughly in subject categories.

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Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Davies, Douglas J., Frank Byron Jevons, 1858-1936: an evolutionary realist (Lewiston, N.Y., 1991)