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John N. Felten Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: XUA-111

Content Description

Papers include syllabi, course notes and materials, course examinations, intercollegiate Latin contest materials, Honors A.B. program and recruitment information, scholarship information, and an article on the spiritual humanism of Jesuits. The majority of the papers are from 1956-1986 and reflect the development and programmatic operations of the Honors A.B. program, particularly Fr. Felten's recruiting efforts and his course development.

Dates

  • 1956 - 1995
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1986

Conditions Governing Access

Some materials are restricted in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. Xavier University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records. Materials must be viewed by appointment in the Archives Research Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Donor transferred any applicable copyright to Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright law of the United States governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Biography of John N. Felten

John N. Felten, SJ, (1918-2004) received a degree in Greek and Latin from Loyola University Chicago in 1940. After graduating, he entered the Society of Jesus. He then went on to receive a masters in Greek and Latin from St. Louis University. He was ordained a priest in 1952 at West Baden College in Indiana.

"In 1957, he received a second BA and MA from the University of Oxford. His major authors of study were Herodotus, Thucydides, and Tacitus. In the same year, Father Felten was assigned to Xavier University, where he served for 30 years until his retirement in 1987.

At Xavier, Father Felten became a professor of Greek and Roman history and taught courses on ancient Greece to 480 B.C., 5th-century Athens, and the early Roman Empire. He also directed the honors program from 1958 to 1967. During his tenure, he established Marion Hall as an honors residence hall and assembled very talented instructors for the program. In 1967, the university called upon him to become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences while he continued to teach his courses in ancient history. In 1987, Father Felten became professor emeritus" (1).

During his tenure at Xavier, Father Felten also served as the associate director of the Honors A.B. course, the coach of the Xavier University Latin team, and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was a member of various committees throughout his career including the Administrative Problems Committee, the Planning and Development Committee, and the Counseling Committee. Upon retirement from teaching, Father Felten served as the University Archivist.

(1)Simon, Stephen. "In Memoriam: John N. Felten (1918-2204)." Perspectives on History. American Historical Association, 2004. https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/may-2005/in-memoriam-john-n-felten

Extent

.4 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The papers include syllabi, course notes and materials, course examinations, intercollegiate Latin contest results, Honors A.B. program and recruitment information, scholarship information, and an article on the spiritual humanism of Jesuit dating from 1956-1995 from John N. Felten, SJ, who was a professor of ancient and classical history at Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) from 1957-1987.

Arrangement

Original order of materials maintained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Timothy Sean Quinn, 2020 (XUA-2020-009).
Title
John N. Felten Papers
Author
Finding Aid created by UASC staff
Date
2020-08-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

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