Arthur Bernard Cook: Notebooks and Theocritus Material

Scope and Content

Early notebooks (1-9), notes for Cook's lectures (10-71), and material relating to Theocritus (72-100).

1-9. Early Notebooks, containing essays and notes for lectures on Greek philosophy and other subjects, 1887-1892.

10-39. Greek and Roman History, Literature, Philosophy, etc. Notes by Cook for his lectures at Bedford College or in Cambridge, 1895-1917.

40-67. Greek and Roman Art, Architecture, etc. Notes by Cook for his lectures at Bedford College or in Cambridge, nearly all probably illustrated, c.1895-1928.

68-71. Various. Memorandum book as an examiner for the Classical Tripos, part I, 1899 and 1900; 'Catalogue of collections [of antiquities] at Queens' College', 1932; notes on a Ph.D thesis, 1939; three anonymous typescript articles; and miscellaneous letters, mostly to Cook, 1898-1840.

72-100. Theocritus Material. Material collected for an edition of Theocritus by Cook and P. Giles, projected but never published, dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are collations of MSS, notes, correspondence and other papers of J.A.G. Weigel of Leipzig (72-73), P. Giles (74-85), A.B. Cook (86-93), and Cook and Giles (94), and additional MS collations and photographs (95-100).

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Bernard Cook (1868-1952), classical archaeologist; Professor of Greek at Bedford College, London, 1892-1907; Reader in Classical Archaeology at Cambridge, 1907-1931; Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology, 1931-1934; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1893-1899, and of Queens' College from 1900.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Messrs. Galloway&Porter, booksellers, Cambridge, 1953.


Cook's notes, 10-71, were revised and reworked for subsequent use after their creation. Cook noted the dates of reuse, but often did not record that of original compilation. The dating of the documents therefore represents the date of creation, where known, or the date of first repetition.

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.