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Special Collections: Kinchin Smith

History of Education Sources

About the Collection

F. Kinchin Smith (1895-1958), best know as the author of Greek (Teach Yourself Books) was appointed at the Institute of Education in 1934 in the Classics department.  According to Richard Aldrich in his book  The Institute of Education 1902-2002:  A centenary history, Kinchin Smith was an Oxford graduate had taught at Loretto School and the University of Edinburgh (p. 96).  Kinchin Smith's library was left at the Institute and comprises mainly material on Greek and Roman studies, with some books on education. In 1936, he was appointed Hon. Secretary of the Joint Committee of the Classical and English Associations which investigated the position of Greek in relation to English both at schools and universities.  This Committee was instrumental in maintaining and strengthening the link between English and Greek studies and proposed a new kind of Greek Syllabus for the Modern Studies Group (sometimes called Group B or Group II) of the Higher School Certificate.  Kinchin Smith's Teach Yourself Books which were used by many English teachers and students alike were very popular and published in several editions over a fifty-year period.

Size: 11 metres of shelving

Type/format: Books

Dates: c.1875-1950

Accrual policy: Closed

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