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James Thomson Papers


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


  • 1852-1900


47 shelfmarks

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Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Don. c. 73].
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MSS. Don. c. 73, d. 104-110, e. 36-50, f. 8-24, g. 1-7

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7959

Biographical / Historical

James Thomson (1834-1882) was a poet and pessimist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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

Related Materials

Further papers and printed miscellanea, and a collection of books by and about Thomson, are among the Dobell Papers, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Dobell a. 1, c. 1-60, d. 1-18, e. 1-71, f. 1-28, g. 1-2). See also the Research papers of Henry Salt on James Thomson, 1886-1906, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2383-2384).
James Thomson Papers
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

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