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At a Glance
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
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
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.
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
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2011.2012.M125: Source of acquisition--Olcott Family. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--03/08/2012.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed Carrie Hintz 06/01/2012.
Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 06/01/2012.
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.
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.