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Theodore Lyman Wright papers

Identifier: MC 120

Scope and Contents

This collection holds a number of papers and a few photographs. Most of Wright's papers consist of notes about his travels, translations, plays, or Greek and Latin. There are a few articles about Wright's death, and materials related to his class lectures. A small amount of his materials are in Greek, primarily his notebooks about translation and the Greek language.


  • 1847-1997

Biographical / Historical

Adapted from: The Round Table (1926)

Theodore Lyman Wright a resident of Beloit and graduate of Beloit College class of 1880, worked as a professor of Greek and Fine Arts at Beloit College for 45 years. Prof. Wright was born in Beloit, September 13, 1858. He attended Beloit schools and graduated from Beloit College in 1880. He remained as a member of the faculty before taking a leave to earn his master's degree from Harvard University in 1884 and attend the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece until 1887. He moved back to Beloit to teach at the College in 1888.

Wright married Miss Jean V. Ingham of Buffalo, N.Y., in March 1909. He was also one of the leading members of the faculty of the Bureau of University Travel. Wright earned a name for himself by working as director of Greek plays on campus that he translated, and as the author of the Beloit Pageant given in 1916.

On October 4, 1926 Wright was found unconscious in Campbell Hall, then North College. He had died of a stroke under unusual circumstances, which were the cause of much speculation. The college named the Wright Museum of Art in his memory.


3.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



Theodore Lyman Wright, a member of the class of 1880, returned to Beloit College to teach Greek and Fine Arts from 1888 until his odd death in 1926. The Wright Museum of Art is named after him. He is well-known for his work on translations of Greek plays and helping put them on at Beloit. A small amount of his materials are in Greek.

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Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

700 College St.
Beloit WI 53511 USA