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Kevin Herbert Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00394

The Kevin Herbert Papers consists primarily of his teaching and research materials including a large section of subject files, index cards, and slides covering such topics as Greek and Roman History, ancient technology, warfare, art, and religion. Also included are materials relating to Herbert’s time as curator of the John Max Wulfing Collection, one of the premiere coin collections in the United States. In addition, the collection contains travel brochures, maps, etc. relating to Herbert’s extensive travels.


  • Creation: 1925-2008


Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

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28.00 Linear Feet

90 Boxes

Biographical Information

Kevin Barry Herbert was born in November 18, 1921 in Chicago. He attended Loyola University where his classical studies were interrupted by the advent of World War II. Enlisting in the Army Air Force, he served as a tail gunner on a B-29 in the Pacific Theatre, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 air medals. Herbert earned a bachelor’s in classics from Loyola University in 1946 as well as both a master’s and a doctorate in classical philology from Harvard, in 1949 and 1954 respectively.

Prior to arriving at Washington University, in 1962, Herbert taught at Marquette University, Indiana University, St. Paul’s School and Bowdoin College. He served as curator of the John Max Wulfing Coin Collection, one of the largest university collections of ancient Greek and Roman coins, from 1968-1994, and as chair of Classics from 1982 until his retirement. He was named professor emeritus in 1992 but continued to teach, primarily through University College, until 2008.

A fellow of the American Numismatic Society, Herbert was the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogs, as well as dozens of articles and reviews. Major publications include three volumes on the Wulfing Collection (in 1979, 1987 and 1996) as well as Maximum Effort: The B-29s Against Japan (1983), a memoir of his experiences during World War II.

He died on February 10, 2015 of heart failure.

Source of Acquisition

This material was donated to University Archives.

Method of Acquisition

Accession numbers: WUA2013-080, WUA2014-090, WUA2015-036, WUA2015-037, WUA2015-080, WUA2016-114, WUA2018-037, and WUA2018-038

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Related Materials

Some items from Series 9: Research Material, Sub-Series 4: Slides have been digitized and are available online. These includes slides relating to Alexander and Hellenistic World - Survey, Cities of Sicily - Peloponnesian War, and Roman Myths, Heroes, Buildings.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Schnuriger in fall of 2018.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 May 28: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495