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Collection Level Description: James Thomson Papers

Reference: MSS. Don. c. 73, d. 104-10, e. 36-50, f. 8-24, g. 1-7
Title: James Thomson Papers
Dates of Creation: 1852-1900
Extent: 47 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Bertram Dobell and John William Barrs

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

James Thomson (1834-82) was a poet and pessimist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

A collection of papers by and about Thomson, including holograph works, diaries, correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was made mainly by Bertram Dobell, and includes material from the collection made by John William Barrs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from P. J. Dobell and given by Friends of the Bodleian, 1952

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38864-911.

Related Units of Description

Further papers and printed miscellanea, and a collection of books by and about Thomson, are among the Dobell Papers. See also the Research papers of Henry Salt on James Thomson, 1886-1906 (MSS. Eng. c. 2383-4).

Access Points

Poetry | 19th century

Barrs | John William | fl 1861-1901

Dobell | Bertram | 1842-1914 | Bookseller and Man of Letters

Thomson | James | 1834-1882 | Poet and Pessimist

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