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Fritz M. Heichelheim fonds
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Fritz M. Heichelheim fonds

  • UTA 1364
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1922-1968

This fonds contains the personal papers of Prof. Fritz Moritz Heichelheim, mainly while professor of classics at the University of Toronto (1948-1968) and in academic positions at Universities in Britain such as Cambridge and Nottingham University.

The largest series (Series 1) contains correspondence spanning 46 years received from friends, family and colleagues living in North America as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Correspondence is in mostly English and German depending on the language of the writer. Some of Prof. Heichelheim’s outgoing replies will be found scrawled on the back of the incoming letter or as a separate documents. The completeness of this series documents Prof. Heichelheim’s wide interest in classical studies, numismatics and papyri translation. Other series document some of his teaching and research activities, mainly at universities in England as well as his literary works on Roman and Greek history also in both English and German. No manuscripts for his major books such as his published thesis in the 1930’s or his collaborative works such as A history of the Roman people (1962) with C. A. Yeo have been found.

His extensive work in numismatics however will be found in Series 5. This series contains the manuscript and photographs for his catalogue Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Vol. IV of the General and Leake Collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge produced mainly during the late 1930’s to the 1950s. Records in this series provide some documentation on the joint project of University of Toronto and Heichelheim’s previous employer, the University of Giessen in Germany. This project directed by Prof. Heichelheim during the 1950s dealt with the translation and publication of the Giessen papyrus and ostraka (handwriting on pottery).

Heichelheim, Fritz M. (Fritz Morris)

Papyrus

This series documents Prof. Heichelheim’s expertise as specialist in Latin and Greek translation. During academic year 1938-1939 he gave lectures on select papyri in the Classical Faculty at Cambridge University. Topics included Pap. Eleph.1, Sentimental papyrus, An ordinance of the salt merchants, Teptynis papyrus, and Pap. Gis 40 [Papyrus of Giessen]. This series also contains manuscripts of translations of various papyri such as Rhosos papyrus, Rylands Papyrus, as well as manuscript on the Adler Papyrus, the Zu Pap. Michigan III, and the Zu Pap. Oslo Inv. 504.

Coins

Prof. Heichelheim also became well known as a numismatist. After leaving Germany in 1933, he worked for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge cataloguing the General and Leake coin collections and preparing a series of catalogues for publication over the next two decades (ca 1937-1950). This series contains drafts of these catalogues (Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum IV (Parts 1-5), photographs of the coins reproduced in the catalogues, correspondence, notes, as well as a report on the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum (ca 1942). There are also two files on the Giessen coin collection and two files which may contain drafts of articles (in German).

Manuscripts: books

This series contains files of correspondence, drafts of manuscripts, and notes of major literary works by Prof. Heichelheim. Some of these resulted in books and others may have been major submissions to survey histories. Unfortunately the manuscripts are undated and in many cases incomplete. The manuscript on the history of Syria and Palestine may have been prepared for T. Frank’s Economic survey of Ancient Rome, IV, 2 (1938). Manuscripts for his major publications, such as A history of the Roman people with Cedric Yeo (1962) have not been traced.

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