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Spiro Peterson Papers

Identifier: Spiro Peterson papers

Scope and Contents

The Spiro Peterson papers is comprised of two gifts, one from Peterson's brother and the other from his widow. The first gift (folders 1-3) is composed of letters written to his brother during World War Two covering the months of August 1944 through December 1945. The second gift (folders 4-12) is composed of lettes t his parents, mid-1943 through December 1945, as well as letters to other recipients, including a few letters to Peterson from his mother, along wih other war-era and Peterson-related memorabilia ad photographs.


  • Creation: 1943-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

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Biographical / Historical

One of the few people known to refuse promotion in the United States Armed Forces, Spiro Peterson was born on Christmas Day, 1922. Early on in his life, his family moved to Hartford where Peterson graduated from Hartford High School in 1940, then attended Trinity College. At Trinity, Peterson excelled academically and not only won a Holland Scholarship for his superior grades, but was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. When World War Two broke out, Peterson left Trinity midway through his studies to participate in the war, then returned after the war to earn his BA in English and Classics. Peterson graduated with Honors in General Scholarship and was Salutatorian of the class of 1947, with whom he graduated. From Trinity, Peterson went on to study at Harvard, where he was an honors student who also tutored his fellow students. Peterson graduated when he completed his dissertation in 1953. In 1952, Dr. Peterson obtained a position at the Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. He was appointed full professor in 1962 and remained a member of the faculty in the English department for a total of 40 years. Dr. Peterson died in 1992.


12 Folder(s) (2 archival boxes) : 2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Box 1: Folders 1 through 6: Correspondence circa mid 1943 through 1945

Box 2: Folders 7 though 12: Books, memorabilla, other material C. World War Two era material


Guide to the Spiro Peterson Papers
In Progress
Henry Arneth and Josef Riccio
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

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