James Matthew Barrie collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Barrie to the Scott family.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Matthew Barrie was born on 9 May 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh University, graduating with an M.A. in 1882. After working as a journalist for the Nottingham Journal, he moved to London in 1885, and not long afterwards began to gain a reputation as a novelist and playwright. His fame was established by works such as The Admirable Crichton (1902), and his best known play, Peter Pan, first performed in 1904. Barrie was knighted in 1913 and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1922. In 1919, he was elected Rector of St Andrews University and, in 1930, Chancellor of Edinburgh University. He died in London on 19 June 1937.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

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Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940, Oxford University Press (1950) and The J M Barrie society and Books and Authors and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue. Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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