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Frederick Malcolm Combellack faculty papers

Identifier: UA 226

Scope and Contents

This collection of Frederick Malcolm Combellack’s Faculty Papers includes his publications and book reviews as well as his work and research for a survey on Homer written for The Classical Weekly.

The Collection centers around his studies and publications, however there are two folders of lectures conducted in his courses at the University of Oregon, as well as guest lectures at other universities across the country.

Additionally, correspondence concerning projects as well as personal correspondence remain in the collection alongside a personal collection of “Correspondence Sonnets” compiled from newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1939-1983

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Collection is open to the public.

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Biographical / Historical

Fredrick Malcolm Combellack (1906-2002) was born May 30 1906 in Placerville California to William and Marry Dunston Combellack. Beginning his higher education at Stanford University, Combellack would then go on to receive his masters at the University of Oxford in 1932 and his PHD at the University of California in 1936.

Combellack started his career in education at the University of Oregon in 1937, serving in the department of Classics. Through his career at the University, Combellack taught Greek and Latin language and literature. Through the Department of Classics he taught courses such as Plato’s Socratic Dialogues and Homer’s Iliad, Cicero and Vergil, Greek Tragedy, Greek Historians and Comedy, Plato and Aristotle and Latin Literature of the Augustan and Silver Age, among others. Combellack stayed at the University of Oregon for 40 years, serving as department head and then finally fully retiring in 1977 after teaching two additional years as a professor emeritus.

Combellack’s main study focused on the Work of Homer. His articles mostly center on the examination of the Odyssey. As an expert in this area, Combellack wrote a magnitude of reviews of others scholars’ works on Homer. Additionally he wrote a survey on Homer for The Classical Weekly and acted as part of the John Smith Guggenheim fellowship to assist in research on a study of Homer’s style and Literary Techniques.

After his full retirement in 1977, Combellack continued to live in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Rose, who he had married in England during his time at Oxford. Combellack would live until the age of 95, dying on February 27, 2002.


3 linear feet (2 record storage boxes)

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Frederick Malcolm Combellack (1906-2002) served at the University of Oregon from 1937 until 1977. He taught in the department of Classics, offering courses in Greek and Latin Literature. Combellack’s main area of Study revolved around Homer and the Odyssey. This collection of Combellack’s Faculty Papers includes his notes and publications on Homer as well as a collection of book reviews by Combellack on works concerning Homer. Additionally, the collection includes lectures and correspondence from Combellack’s time at the University.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Carolyn and Stephen Walker

Physical Description

2 record storage boxes

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marcella Hardin

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA