Collins, Arthur Jefferies

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The volume, c1948, contains scripts of lectures delivered by Arthur Jefferies at University College London Library School of Librarianship in 1948. The lectures deal with European handwriting, the origin, development and transformation of Caroline minuscules and Gothic and humanistic scripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Jefferies Collins was born on 30 September 1893. He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1915. After serving with the Royal North Devon Hussars during the First World War he became Assistant Keeper at the British Museum in 1919. From 1944 to 1947 he was Keeper of the Manuscripts at the British Museum. He was lecturer in Palaeography to the School of Librarianship at University College London between 1947 and 1955. In 1947 he returned to the British Museum to become the Keeper of Manuscripts and Egerton Librarian. He remained in this post until 1955.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

A gift from Collins's wife, 1976.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Archivist's Note

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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