CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2706
TitleRobert John Getty, classicist: papers
Date1931 - 1964
Extent2 boxes (0.66 linear metres)
Creator NameGetty; Robert John (1908-1963), Lecturer in Latin and Professor of Classics
Administrative HistoryRobert J. Getty was born in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in 1908, and graduated B.A. in 1928 from Queen’s University, Belfast, in classics. He then graduated B.A. from St. John’s College, Oxford, in 1930 and was an assistant in Latin at Aberdeen University from then until 1934, when he was appointed lecturer in Latin at Liverpool University. Getty married Margaret Wood, the Greek assistant at Aberdeen University, in 1935. In 1937 he returned to St. John’s College as a lecturer in classics until 1947, when he was appointed to the chair of Latin at University College, University of Toronto, Canada. He saw war service in the Air Ministry and the Foreign Office and in 1958 moved to the Paddison Chair of Classics, a new post, at the University of North Carolina. Getty specialised in Silver Latin and astronomy in Latin literature. He died in North Carolina in 1963.
SourceThe papers were presented by Miss A. Wood, Inverurie, the late Professor Getty's sister-in-law, in 1968.
DescriptionLecture notes, papers and manuscripts on classical subjects (1931-1964) with obituaries and other printed material (1964). The collection includes notes on Greek sculpture by Margaret Getty (nee Wood), the wife of Robert Getty.

MS 2706/7-15 consists of volumes containing lecture notes and Latin verse and prose compositions and translations, mainly concerning Latin authors, compiled by Robert John Getty.
AppraisalOriginally catalogued in 1969.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialMS 3126: Papers of James McLeod Wyllie, 1958-1970.
MS 569 - 584, MS 3168: F. T. Rickards Papers, c. 1864-1923.
Finding AidsPreliminary list in deposit file at the University of Aberdeen, Special Libraries and Archives.
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