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John George Repplier McElroy lecture and literary notes

Ms. Coll. 275

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
McElroy, John George Repplier, 1842-1890
Title:
John George Repplier McElroy lecture and literary notes
Date [inclusive]:
1867-1885
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 275
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
John George Repplier McElroy (1842-1890), an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania (class of 1862), is best known as a professor of Greek, History, and Rhetoric at his alma mater. This collection is primarily composed of lecture notes by John George Repplier McElroy (1842-1890); however it also includes McElroy’s notes on his readings of Chaucer and his manuscript of Readings from the Electra of Socrates.
Cite as:
John George Repplier McElroy lecture and literary notes, 1867-1885, Ms. Coll. 275, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

John George Repplier McElroy (1842-1890) graduated second in his class at the University of Pennsylvania in 1862 and won several awards, including prizes in Greek and Latin. He taught in Philadelphia and Chicago before becoming an Assistant Professor of Greek and History at the University of Pennsylvania in 1869, a position which he held until 1876. Thereafter, he served as Professor of Rhetoric and English Language until his death in 1890. Professor McElroy was the author of A System of Punctuation(1878),  How to Tell the Parts of Speech (1881),  The Structure of English Prose (1885), among other books and articles.

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of lecture notes by John George Repplier McElroy (1842-1890). The majority of these notes are for lectures dating between 1867 and 1873 on the English language, the study of language, and etymology. Miscellaneous lectures in folders 33-44 cover pedagogy, rhetoric, English literature, grammar, composition, and other aspects of writing and language. In addition to the lecture notes, this collection contains McElroy’s notes on his readings of Chaucer and his manuscript of Readings from the Electra of Socrates.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 April 9

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Clayton McElroy, 1900.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Lecture notes
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Notes
Subject(s)
  • English language--Etymology--19th century
  • English language--History
  • English language--Rhetoric--Study and teaching--19th century
  • Language and languages--Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Outline of lectures and appendix.

Box Folder

Outline of lectures, undated.

1 1

Appendix to Pt. I.I, undated.

1 2

Lectures 1869-70, English language and study of language.

Box Folder

Lecture I. Introductory. The Study of Language, 1869-1870.

1 3

Lecture II. The Growth of Language, 1869-1870.

1 4

Lecture III. The Growth of Language (continued), 1869-1870.

1 5

Lecture V. The Genesis of English, 1869-1870.

1 6

Lectures VI-VIII. Etymology, 1869-1870.

1 7

Lecture IX: Etymology (continued), 1869-1870.

1 8

Outline/analysis of "Lecture X. The Nature and Origin of Language", 1869-1870.

1 9

Lecture X, The Nature and Origin of Language, 1869-1870.

1 10

Lectures 1870-1871, English language and etymology.

Box Folder

Lecture I (Part I). The Study of Language: I. How it has been studied, 1870-1871.

1 11

Lecture I (Part II). The Study of Language: I. How it has been studied, 1870 September 26.

1 12

Lecture II. The Study of Language (continued): II. How it may be studied, 1870-1871.

1 13

Lecture III. Changes in English: I. The Fact and Kinds of Change, 1870-1871.

1 14

Analysis of "Lecture IV. Etymology of the English Language: II. The Study of Words", 1870-1871.

1 15

Lecture VI. Etymology of the English Language: II. The Study of Words, 1870-1871.

1 16

Lectures 1867-1868.

Box Folder

Lecture I. Introductory, 1867-1868.

1 17

Lecture VII. What is the English Language, 1867-1868.

1 18

Lecture VIII. The Composition of the English Language, 1867-1868.

1 19

Lecture IV. Origin and History of the English Language, 1867-1868.

1 20

Lecture VI. Origin and History of the English Language, 1867-1868.

1 21

Lecture VI. Etymology of the English Language, 1867-1868.

1 22

Lecture VII. Changes in English, 1867-1868.

1 23

Lecture III. Changes in English: I. The Phenomena of Change, 1867-1868.

1 24

Lecture IV. Changes in English: II. The Classification of Linguistic Changes, 1867-1868.

1 25

Lecture IV. Changes in English: II. The Laws of Linguistic Change, 1867-1868.

1 26

Lectures 1872-1873.

Box Folder

Outline of Course of 1872-1873, 1872-1873.

1 27

The English Language: Lectures to the Sophomore Classes, (Faculties of Arts and Science,) of the University of Pennsylvania, 1872-1873.

1 28

Lecture I. The Study of Language, 1873.

1 29

Lecture II. The Study of Language: II. Its Divisions, 1872-1873.

1 30

Lecture II. On the Classification of Languages (includes outline), 1872-1873.

1 31

Lecture V. The Classification of Languages, 1872-1873.

1 32

Miscellaneous lectures.

Box Folder

Notes for "Lecture VII. The Classification of Languages", undated.

1 33

Lecture: "On the Teaching of Etymology", undated.

1 34

Lecture II. Introductory. The History of Rhetoric, undated.

1 35

Lecture XI. The Literatures of England as Illustrating the History of the English Language: I. Anglo-Saxon, undated.

1 36

Lecture XII. Semi-Saxon Literature, undated.

1 37

Lecture XIII. First (or Old) English Literature (1250-1350, A.D.), undated.

1 38

Lecture XIV. Literature of the Second Period, undated.

1 39

Lecture (Miscellaneous): Modern Purism in Rhetoric, undated.

1 40

Lecture VII. The Elements of Style, undated.

1 41

Lecture VIII. The Composition, undated.

1 42

Lecture IX. The Theme and Lecture VII. The Parts of a Composition, undated.

1 43

Lecture IV. Grammatical Purity, undated.

1 44

Notes on Chaucer and readings on Sophocles' Electra.

Box Folder

Notes on Chaucer readings, 1885-.

1 45

Readings from the Electra of Sophocles, undated.

1 46