The Life and Work of Francis Willey Kelsey: Archaeology, Antiquity, and the Arts

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University of Michigan Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 468 pages
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President of the Archaeological Institute of America, professor at the University of Michigan from 1889 to 1927, and president of the American Philological Association, Francis Kelsey was crucially involved in the founding or growth of major educational institutions. He came to maturity in a period of great technological change in communications, transportation, and manufacturing. Kelsey took full advantage of such innovations in his ceaseless drive to promote education for all, to further the expansion of knowledge, and to champion the benefits of the study of antiquity.

A vigorous traveler around the United States, Europe, and the Mediterranean, Kelsey strongly believed in the value of personally viewing sites ancient and modern and collecting artifacts that could be used by the new museums and universities that were springing up in the United States. This collecting habit put him in touch with major financiers of the day, including Charles Freer, Andrew Carnegie, and J. P. Morgan, as he sought their help for important projects.

Drawing heavily on Kelsey's daily diaries now held at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library, John Griffiths Pedley gives us a biography that records the wide-ranging activities of a gifted and energetic scholar whose achievements mirrored the creative and contributive innovations of his contemporary Americans.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Setting the Stage
6
Lake Forest University
15
The First Decade at Michigan18891900
38
4 A Man of Many Parts 19001906
62
Kelsey and the Archaeological Institute of America 190212
118
Kelsey Close to Home 190712
158
7 Leading the Way 191318
205
Battlefields and Manuscripts
254
Kelsey on the Move
301
10 The Final Passage
374
Bibliography
407
Index
417
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About the author (2012)

John Griffiths Pedley is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek at the University of Michigan and past Director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.  He is the author of numerous books, on topics as varied as Greek sanctuaries, Sardis, Greek sculpture, and South Italian archaeology and architecture.

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