Papers of Professor Walter Horace Bruford (1894-1988)

Scope and Content

The material contains: manuscript summary and introduction material including The economic foundations of the German classical period; two loose-leaf notebooks with notes; and, a Cambridge document of 1958 in Latin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Walter Horace Bruford was born in Manchester in 1894. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and then he studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, and also at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland. During the First World War he served with the Naval Intelligence Division at the Admiralty. After the war he did some research at Zuerich and then in 1920 became a Lecturer in German at Aberdeen University, and then Reader in 1923. Bruford was then Professor of German at Edinburgh University, 1929-1951, though was seconded to the Foreign Office, 1939-1943. From 1951 he was Professor of German at the University of Cambridge until 1961. His publications include Sound and symbol with Professor J. J. Findlay, Germany in the eighteenth century, Die gesellschaftlichen Grundlagen der Goethezeit, Chekhov and his Russia, and Literary interpretation in Germany and much more. He had lived at Abbey-St. Bathans, Duns, Berwickshire. Professor Walter Horace Bruford died in 1988.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Prof. W. H. Bruford, October 1984, Accession no. E84.47.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who's who 1976. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1976.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: memoirs relating to Naval Intelligence Division and Code-breaking in World War I, Cambridge University, Churchill Archives Centre, Ref. BRUF, (Memoirs of Room 40, Naval code-breaking unit, MISC 20 1 file), NRA 18561 Churchill Coll.