Loeb Classical Library – 1 year in.

By - Research & Instruction Librarian December 8th, 2015

Last year the library began its subscription to the Loeb Classical Library.


Over this past year the Loeb eBooks have been opened 1411 times in this inaugural year, (with 715 of those being in the month of October 2015).


A measure of Classics students diligent research? ūüôā


Our Loeb sales associate also shares these good things to look forward to:


‚ÄúUpcoming additions to the Library include Galen’s On the Constitution of the Art of Medicine, The Art of Medicine, and A Method of Medicine to Glaucon, and new editions of works by Appian, Augustine, Caesar, and Livy.‚ÄĚ

Digital Loeb Classical Library ‚Äď Now Online. Prod. Harvard University Press. YouTube. 16 Mar. 2014. Web. 01¬†Dec. 2015. <http://youtube/ uQYy3Yml5r4>.

The Digital Loeb Classical Library

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 7th, 2015

The library recently purchased The Digital Loeb Classical Library.


What is it?

A complete, and digitized, library of the Loeb classical volumes from Harvard University Press. Over 500 translations of classical works, containing either the original Latin or Greek, alongside an English translation. Search the entire Loeb library in Latin, Ancient Greek, and/or English!

A Harvard University Press overview video is available here or click on the image below.

Off the grounds & need some classical literature? ¬†Please log in to vpn.sps.edu to access this (or any/all of the library’s eCollections).

Digital Loeb Classical Library – Now Online. Prod. Harvard University Press. YouTube. 16 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Dec. 2014. <http://youtube/ uQYy3Yml5r4>.


From the Archives: Letters from Valpey

By - Systems Librarian May 26th, 2011

As the end of the School year approaches it will soon be time to tally up the academic standings and award the Valpey prizes.¬†¬† These prizes get their name from the Rev. Thomas G. Valpey, a faculty member at St. Paul’s School from 1860 to 1868, and again from 1875 until his death in 1890.¬†¬† Among his many bequests he left St. Paul’s School funds to establish an award of academic prizes each year.

While a teacher of Greek at St. Paul’s School, Valpey gained a reputation for being a thorough taskmaster.¬† Arthur Stanwood Pier’s St. Paul’s School 1855 -1934 relates that Valpey would give his students only a few seconds to recite a Greek declension, timing them with his watch.¬† He also had a habit of mumbling into his beard – described as “undoubtedly the most extensive beard that has ever been seen within the precincts of the school.”

At the beginning of the 2010-11 School year, the archives acquired two letters written by Valpey dated from 1860.¬† They were both written to William H. Anderson, a classmate of Valpey’s from Yale – Valpey graduated in 1858 and Anderson in 1859. There are not very many items in the archives from this early time of the school, and fewer personal letters, making these important additions to the collection.

The letter shown above was written not long after Valpey came to SPS – in December of 1860.¬† He discusses the details of his daily life, his feelings of loneliness, and wanting to visit his friend.¬† But he also mentions being offered a permanent position at St. Paul’s, one that would provide the primary source of employment for him over the course of his life.

In addition to the fund for prizes at SPS, Pier lists a number of other donations that were part of Valpey’s will, including bequests to Concord Public Library, the Orphan’s Home,¬† and the Library at St. Paul’s School.¬†¬† He characterizes Valpey’s intentions this way:

The terms of his will showed how genuine was his interest in promoting education, not only at St. Paul’s but elsewhere. . . It shows how earnest was the testator’s desire to contribute in every way he could to the intellectual and spiritual enlightenment of the communities with which he had been associated.

As with many traditions at St. Paul’s School, the Valpey prizes provide an opportunity for the students of today to connect with the people from the past who invested their ideals into the making of a great school. Congratulations to you all.