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Quentin Quesnell papers, 1927 - 2012 (Bulk: 1970 - 2000)
2 document boxes, 1 flat file ( 1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Faculty. Head of the Department of Religion from 1975 to 1997. The papers contain biographical materials including a complete bibliography, correspondence, notes, photographs, publications and research.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Except where noted in the finding aid, the papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Born on February 27, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Quesnell earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy and an STL from St. Louis University. He later did studies in eastern languages and the Bible in Vienna, Paris, Jerusalem, and Rome. After receiving a PhD in Sacred Scriptures from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, he joined Marquette University as a professor (1966 - 1972). He left Marquette for Smith College, becoming the head of the Department of religion from 1975 until 1997. During his time at Smith, Quesnell met fellow professor Jean Higgins and the two married in 1973. After retirement in 1997, he was awarded the Roe Straut Professor Emeritus (Roe Straut Professor of Humanities, 1988).

Quesnell actively engaged in several scholarly debates throughout his lifetime but is most known for his role in the Mar Saba Letter debate and his subsequent high-profile disputes with the discoverer letter, Morton Smith (1915 - 1991). In 1973 Smith published two books on his discovery of a previously unknown letter written by Clement of Alexandria to "Theodore" regarding a secret gospel of Mark. Quesnell's initial skepticism of the authenticity of this discovery sparked a 30-year debate within the academic community.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains correspondence, photographic prints and slides, publications, research and Quesnell's professional file.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Except where noted in the finding aid, the papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Quentin Quesnell papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Quentin Quesnell Papers, 1927 - 2012 were created by Quentin Quesnell and donated over a period of two (2) years to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Aquisition evalutation performed by Mark Umstot, Simmons Library and Information Science student internship, 2013. Collection processed and encoded by Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English, Greek
Separated Material

Additional unprocessed materials are housed in fourteen (14) record center cartons measuring fourteen (14) linear feet. A preliminary inventory is available. Please contact the Smith College Archives for more information.


Contents List
Series I: Correspondence



Brown, Scott
1994 - 2003

Box 1: folder 1
Brown, Scott (thesis)
1994 - 2003

Box 1: folder 2
editorial materials
1970 - 2000

Box 1: folder 3
Fish, Dick
1990 - 1995

Box 1: folder 4
Paananen, Timo
2009 - 2011

Box 1: folder 5
Quesnell, Jean Higgins
1983

Box 1: folder 6
Smith, Morton
1970 - 1985

Box 1: folder 7
various scholars
1975 - 2005

Box 1: folder 8
Series II: Professional Life



Smith College
1994 - 2003

Box 1: folder 9
Series III: Publications



"An Amusing Pericope"
1994

Box 1: folder 10
"Internal of the Literary Analysis"
1975 - 1989

Box 1: folder 11
"The Mar Saba Clementine: A Question of Evidence"
1973 - 1985

Box 1: folder 12
"A New Gospel Story and It's Explanation"
1975 - 1990

Box 1: folder 13
"A Note On Overkill"
undated

Box 1: folder 14
(review) "The Secret Gospel: The Discovery and Interpretation of the Secret Gospel According to Mark"
197

Box 1: folder 15
Series IV: Research



handwriting analysis
undated

Box 2: folder 16
Hapax legomenon
undated

Box 2: folder 17
notes: A - H
undated

Box 2: folder 18
notes: I -N
undated

Box 2: folder 19
notes: O - Z
undated

Box 2: folder 20
notes: untitled
undated

Box 2: folder 21
notes: 2009
2009

Box 2: folder 22
Professional Development Fund
1987 - 1988

Box 2: folder 23
Series V: Oversized Materials



(3) 8" x 11" photographs, unknown manuscript
circa 1988

Box 3
(33) 11" x 14" photographs, unknown manuscript
circa 1988

Box 3
(3) slides of a stone fish, sent by Dick Fish (see Correspondence)
1995

Box 3
( 9 ) slides; "unknown manuscript"
circa 1983

Box 3
( 3 ) slides; shelfmark, "VD v18"; by Garo Nalbandian
circa 1983

Box 3
( 4) slides; title page, "Bibliotheque Maj. Coll. 1776"; by Garo Nalbandian
circa 1983

Box 3
( 3 ) slides; colophon, "Isacci Vossii de septuaginta interpretibus corumpque tralatione atque chronologia dissertatione"; by Garo Nalbandian
circa 1983

Box 3
( 4 ) slides; title page, "Gerardi Ioannis Vossii harmoniae evangelicae de passion, morte, resurrection atque ascension Jesu Christi salvatoris nostri"; by Garo Nalbandian
circa 1983

Box 3
( 2 ) slides; front endpaper, "Nota pro domina ad Xbre 1735", "Nota pro Marehesina Julio 1737", unknown manuscript; by Garo Nalbandian
circa 1983

Box 3

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Subjects
  • Bible -- Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts -- Northampton.
  • Hapax legomenon.
  • Hebrew language -- Lexicology.
  • Literary forgeries and mystifications - Early works to 1800.
  • Mar Saba (Monastery)
  • Quesnell, Quentin, 1927 -- 2012.
  • Secret Gospel according to Mark.
  • Smith College. Department of Religion and Biblical Literature.
  • Smith, Morton, 1915 -- 1991.
  • Writing -- Identification.

Genre terms
  • 35mm
  • correspondence
  • drafts (documents)
  • manuscripts for publication
  • photographic prints


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