Excerpt from: Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 14. (Scribners, 1934): 382-3.
Peck, Tracy, (May 24, 1838-Nov. 24, 1921), classicist, teacher, was born at Bristol, Conn., the son of Tracy and Sally (Adams) Peck. Through his father he was descended from Paul Peck who came to Hartford with Thomas Hooker in 1636. His mother was descended form Henry Adams who emigrated in 1636 from Devonshire, England, to Massachusetts. By virtue of his own culture and wide experiences abroad in later life, he became thoroughly cosmopolitan in his point of view, but he reflected always in his native integrity, intellectual clarity, and personal simplicity, the force of his colonial New England ancestry. Having prepared for college at Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass., he entered Yale College, from which he graduated as valedictorian in 1861. During the two years following he studied at Berlin, Jena, and Bonn, traveling also in Italy. Returning to Yale, he received the degree of M.A. in 1864 and was a tutor in Latin for the next three years. From 1867 to 1869 he studied in Rome and Berlin, returning again to a tutorship for the following year. On Dec. 22, 1870, he was married in Brooklyn, N. Y., to Elizabeth Harriet Hall of Hadleigh, England; they had two children, a son and a daughter. During the year 1870-71 he taught Latin and mathematics at the Chickering Classical Institute in Cincinnati. From there he was called to be professor of the Latin language and literature in Cornell University, where he served until he was called to Yale int he same capacity in 1880. He was professor in Yale College for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1908. During the year 1885-86 he was president of the American Philological Association and in 1898-99 director of the American School for Classical Studies in Rome. After retiring from active service he spent most of his time in Rome, where he died and was buried in the English and American Cemetery.
Examples of Archives Holdings:
- Lillie Hall Peck: 1867, 1894
- Tracy Peck: 1867-68, 1895, 1898-99, 1902-1920
- to Kezia Peck (sister), 1870s-1917
- to Parents, 1861-1865
- to Teresina Peck Rowell, 1900-1921
- to Tracy Peck, Jr., 1909
Much of Peck's correspondence and diaries found in the Beloit College Archives Peck wrote while living in Rome.