MC:F53 Papers of Colin Graham Hardie (F. 1936-73)
Colin Graham Hardie (1906-98) was born in Edinburgh to an academic family: his father, William Ross Hardie, was a distinguished classical scholar, a Fellow of Balliol College 1884-95 and subsequently professor of humanity at Edinburgh; while his elder brother William Francis Hardie studied at Balliol and was a Fellow of Corpus Christi from 1926-69. C.G. Hardie followed in his father’s and brother’s footsteps to Balliol, where he followed a brilliant undergraduate career with a junior research fellowship (1928-9) and then a tutorial fellowship (1929-33). He was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1936-73. He was also the University’s Public Orator from 1967-73, in which capacity he delivered the Latin orations which form a large part of this collection.
It is not known how Hardie’s Latin orations came to be in the collection. The rest of the papers papers were found in Hardie’s books following his death. MC:F53/MS2 was accessioned in February 2010 with the reference 10/40, while MC:F53/MS3 and MC:F53/C1 were accessioned in March 2010 as 10/48 and 10/49 respectively.
Catalogued January 2014.
The collection has been divided into the following series: