Rare Book & Manuscript Library

George N. Olcott papers, circa 1890s-1912

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1620
Bib ID 9472267 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Olcott, George N., 1869-1912
Title George N. Olcott papers, circa 1890s-1912
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 document box 1 index card box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in one series.



This collection represents a partial set of the catalogs and records that Olcott used to organize and classify his collection of antiquities. He would assign each item acquired a catalog number and provide a description of the item and often a note of provenance or an indication of how much he paid for the item. Many of these records describe physical items held by the RBML as part of the Olcott coin, epigraphy, and Arrentine pottery collections.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George N. Olcott Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected related Material at Columbia

George N. Olcott Coin Collection Coin collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Libary

Arrentine Pottery fragments Rare Book & Manuscript Libary

Epigraphy collection Rare Book & Manuscript Libary


No additions expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Carrie Hintz 06/01/2012.

Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 06/01/2012.

Revision Description

2012-06-02 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Card catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Classical antiquities -- Collectors and collecting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coins -- Collectors and collecting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coins, Ancient Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Olcott, George N., 1869-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

George N. Olcott was a Latin professor and Columbia University's first lecturer in Roman archaeology. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1869. He received his A.B. from the University in 1893 and his PhD in 1899 and began teaching Latin and Roman archaeology at Columbia immediately upon receiving his doctorate. As a professor, Olcott collected a large number of antiquities, in particular coins and epigraphy fragments, to use at teaching tools. Professor Olcott dies of pneumonia in 1912 while in sabbatical in Italy.