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Archive of Sir Herbert Grierson relating to John Donne


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The poems of John Donne (2 vols., Oxford, 1912) interleaved and annotated, plus letters to Sir Herbert.


  • Creation: 1906-50


0.27 Linear metres (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. poet. e. 92, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. poet. e. 92-3; Eng. lett. d. 363

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 8099


Archive of Sir Herbert Grierson relating to John Donne.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Herbert John Clifford Grierson (1866-1960) was a scholar of English literature; he became the first professor of English at Aberdeen in 1894, and was later Professor of English literature at Edinburgh University from 1915 until his retirement in 1935. Further details are provided in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library by Sir Herbert in 1953.


  • See the chapter on Donne (written by Grierson) in the Cambridge History of English Literature ; his two volume edition The poems of John Donne for the Clarendon Press, published in 1912; his anthology of Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century, (Clarendon Press, 1921); and The Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse which he co-edited with G. Bullough (Clarendon Press, 1934).
Catalogue of the archive of Sir Herbert Grierson relating to John Donne
Collection level description by Susan Thomas; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom