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Archive of James Thomson


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


  • Creation: 1852-1900


2.26 Linear metres (44 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Don. c. 73, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Don. c. 73, d. 104-110, e. 36-50, f. 8-24, g. 1-7

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7959


Archive of James Thomson, 1852-1900

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).

Catalogue of the archive of James Thomson, 1852-1900
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom