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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Souter
SOUTER, Professor Alexander (1873-1949)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Souter, Alexander, 1873-1949, Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Regius Professor of Humanity

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Perth, 1873; educated at Sharp's Educational Institution, Perth, and Robert Gordon's College and University, Aberdeen; graduated MA with First Class Honours in Classics and Jenkyns Prize in Classical Philology, Aberdeen University, 1893; Ferguson Scholar in Classics, 1893; Fullerton Scholar in Classics, 1894; Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (Scholar); First Class in Classical Tripos, Part I, 1896, and Second Class, Part II, 1897; BA (Cambridge University), 1896; University Assistant in Humanity and Lecturer in Latin, 1897-1903, and Lecturer in Mediæval Palæography, Aberdeen University, 1903; DLitt (Aberdeen), 1905; Yates Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis and Librarian, Mansfield College Oxford, 1903-1911; MA (Oxford University), 1908; Regius Professor of Humanity, Aberdeen University, 1911-1937; Lecturer in Mediæval Palæography, Aberdeen University, 1913-1937; Curator of Aberdeen University Library, 1919-1924, 1927-1928; Vice-Chancellor, Aberdeen University, 1935-1936; Stone Lecturer, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1924-1925, 1927-1928; Norton Lecturer, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, USA, 1924-1925; Russell Lecturer, Auburn Theological Seminary, USA, 1932-1933; Doctor of Divinity, St Andrews, 1923, Dublin, 1932; MA (Cambridge University), 1930; Doctor of Laws (Aberdeen), 1938; Fellow of the British Academy, 1926 (Member of Council, 1938-1947); awarded British Academy Medal for Biblical Studies, 1932; Corresponding Fellow of the Mediæval Academy of America, 1938; Active Member of the New Society of Letters of Lund (Sweden) 1927; died, 1949. Publications: edited Horæ Latinæ , by the late Robert Ogilvie (1901); edited, with George Middleton, Livy Book xxviii (1902); De Codicibus Manuscriptis Augustini Quæstionum (1905); A Study of Ambrosiaster (1905); edited Pseudo-Augustini Quaestiones Veteris et Novi Testamenti cxxvii (1908); Novum Testamentum Graece (1910, second edition 1947); Text and Canon of the New Testament (1913); A Pocket Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (1916); Tertullian's Apology, Notes of the late Professor John E B Mayor (1917); Tertullian's Treatises translated (3 volumes, 1919, 1920, 1922); Pelagius's Expositions of Thirteen Epistles of St Paul , i: Introduction (1922), ii: Text (1926), iii: Appendix (1931); part author of Novum Testamentum S Irenaei by Sanday, Turner, etc (1923); editor of Tertulliani Apologeticus (1926); The Earliest Latin Commentaries on the Epistles of St Paul (1927); edited C H Turner's The Oldest Manuscript of the Vulgate Gospels (1931); Glossary of the later Latin (1948); papers in various classical and theological journals.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The collection was transferred to King's College London Archives from King's College Library, which acquired part of Professor Souter's library in 1947.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Working papers of Alexander Souter, 1889-1930s and undated, comprising 20 notebooks, 1889-1913, on his studies in Aberdeen and Cambridge and on classical and patristic sources for his later work in Oxford, Aberdeen and Italy, and also including a diary for 1890, with entries noting work completed, news cuttings relating to his interests, and a book containing short publications such as Souter's The Predicative Dative Especially in Later Latin (1926) and A fragment of an unpublished Latin text of the Epistles to the Hebrews with a brief exposition (1924); manuscript texts for articles and lectures, mostly annotated with the dates and places of delivery, 1911-1936, including 'Classical Studies in the United States of America', 'Four Great Scholars', 'The Latin Bible', The History of Latin Lexicography', 'Statius: the Poet of the Silvae', 'Statius Silvae, with special reference to the manuscript tradition', 'Pelagius's Commentary on the Epistles of St Paul', 'Recent Advances in Palaeography', 'St Augustine', 'Recollections of a Travelling Scholar' and 'Beginnings of Christianity in Africa'; manuscript catalogue of editions of Latin authors in Souter's collection (1918).

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English, Latin, Greek

Finding aids

Collection level description available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College Library purchased c300 volumes on classics from Professor Alexander Souter in 1947.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); Who's Who; National Register of Archives.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2001

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  • Ancient religions
  • Bibles
  • Bibliographies
  • Christianity
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Historical methods
  • History
  • Indo-european languages
  • Information sources
  • Latin
  • Lexicography
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Newspaper press
  • Nonfiction
  • Palaeography
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Religions
  • Religious doctrines
  • Religious texts
  • Representative literary works
  • Secondary documents
  • Theology

Personal names

  • Augustine, 354-386, Saint, originally Aurelius Augustinus, Bishop of Hippo
  • Souter, Alexander, 1873-1949, Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Regius Professor of Humanity
  • Souter, Alexander, 1873-1949, Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Regius Professor of Humanity
  • Statius, Publius Papinius, 45-96, Roman poet

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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