Papers of Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb, 1841-1905, professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Greek class roll books 1875-1889
  • Greek class fee book 1881-1888
  • Scrapbook of Greek exam papers and other documents annotated by Richard Jebb 1879-1889
  • Scrapbook of printed class exercises and translations by Jebb with student names 1878-1782

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Richard Claberhouse Jebb was appointed Professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1875 . A brilliant scholar, Jebb was a man of fine literary tastes and powers and an effective teacher. However, he was stern when confronted by lack of preparation and he lacked the common touch, particularly in dealing with local Glaswegian students from humble backgrounds,'Glasgow Scotch not being among his accomplishments.' Yet Jebb became a popular lecturer and when he returned to his classes following a serious illness the students made a presentation to him with the Principal in the chair. He resigned the Chair in 1889  when he was appointed the Regius Chair of Greek at the University of Cambridge, England.

Michael Moss, J Forbes Munro and Richard H Trainor, University, City and State: The University of Glasgow Since 1870 (Edinburgh, 2000)


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Purchase : The Cambridge Magazine : 1918 : ACCN 2524

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Gen 900

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, February 2003

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History



None expected

Related Material

Around 60 books from the library of Sir Richard Jebb were deposited along with his papers. Details of these can be found on the libraries main book catalogue at

Corporate Names