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James S. Constantine Papers

Identifier: MS 074


The James S. Constantine Papers chronicle the career of classical scholar and musician James Stuart Constantine, a 1922 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Types of materials include: biographical material, correspondence, publications, radio scripts, scrapbooks and travel photographs. Strengths of the collection include photographic documentation of ancient sites in the Greco-Roman world in the 1930s, Ancient Greek music, 20th century music performance, and scholarly literature on music.


  • ca. 1921-1989 (inclusive),
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1972


Language of Material

Most materials in English with the exception of some notes on Ancient Greek music in Greek.

Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted except by permission of copyright owner..

Biographical / Historical

James Stuart Constantine was born on July 2, 1900 in York, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1922 from Franklin and Marshall College with the A.B. degree. Earning the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in 1925 and 1926 from Oberlin College, he became Instructor of Latin and Greek at Oberlin from 1926-1928. After pursuing graduate study in Classics at Princeton University from 1928 to 1930, he began a career at the University of Virginia as an Instructor in Classics, 1930-1943. After taking time away to serve in the US Army Air Forces in Barbados from 1943-1945 and to pursue additional study at Princeton, Constantine returned to the University of Virginia as Assistant Professor, 1948-1959, and served as Professor of Classics from 1959 until his retirement in 1970. An enthusiastic traveller and classicist, Constantine led tours to Europe through the 1950s and 60s.--An accomplished organist, Constantine was a member of the Music League of Albemarle, was a co-founder of the Tuesday Evening Concert Series at the University of Virginia, and served as organist and choir director of Charlottesville Presbyterian Church, 1931-1940, and St. Paul?s Memorial Episcopal Church, 1940-1953.-- Constantine died in Mechanicsburg, PA on November 23, 1989.


1.5 Linear feet (4 boxes)


Collection: Organized into three series; personal papers, professional career in music and classics, and travel scrapbooks.

Ownership and Custodial History

All papers and materials were received from James S. Constantine through Franklin and Marshall College library director, Kathleen Spencer between 1986 and 1989. Additional material was received in 1990 from Mr. Constantine?s sister Elizabeth Constantine. The materials have been stored semi-processed until 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--James S. Constantine. Address--Mechanicsburg, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1986-1989..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Elizabeth Constantine. Address--Mechanicsburg, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1990..


No further accruals are expected.

Related Archival Materials

College Archives Collection: Custodian--Archives and Special Collections, Franklin and Marshall College: Address--Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Processing Information

Processing completed July 2012.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States