Papers of L. W. Sharp (1897-1959)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers of Lauriston William Sharp at Gen. 2157 consist of printed material such as journals and sheets; numerous bundles of scholarly notes on writers both in manuscript and typescript; notebooks; library notes and card indexes; and, other miscellaneous papers. At Dk.1.29 there are Sharp's notes and miscellaneous items on James Kirkwood (circa 1650-1708) who worked on the establishment of libraries in Scotland, and at Dk.7.51 typescript and notes on Charles Mackie (1688-1770) the first Professor of History at Edinburgh University. There are also notes covering the period 1945 to 1959 and miscellaneous papers from 1940- to 1959 on librarianship and the collections at at Dk.8.28-29.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lauriston William Sharp was born on 1 January 1897. He was educated at Leith Academy and then studied at Edinburgh University, graduating with First Class Honours in English in 1920. He had previously graduated with an Ordinary M.A. in 1918. After study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in 1927. Earlier, in 1926, Sharp joined the staff as an Assistant Librarian and went on to become the first Keeper of Manuscripts there. He was appointed as Librarian in 1939 and held the post until 1959. In 1945 he was given the rank of Reader in Bibliography and as such he was a member of Senatus in 1951-1956. His own particular fields of interest were literary and historical studies. He edited the  Early letters of Robert Wodrow, 1698-1709 (1937). Lauriston William Sharp died in Edinburgh on 29 June 1959.

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Note

The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) University of Edinburgh Journal,Vol.10. 1939-1940, p.24, Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. (2) University of Edinburgh Journal, Vol.19. 1958-1960, pp.291-292, Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. (3) A great librarian. 1939-1959. Lauriston W. Sharp, University of Edinburgh Gazette, No.25. October 1959, , pp.14-16, Edinburgh: University Press. (4) Who was who, Vol.5. 1951-1960, London: Adam and Charles Black, 1961.

Other Finding Aids

An important finding aid is the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives. Additions to the typed slips in sheaf binders were made until 1987.

Related Material

The Index to Manuscripts shows references to an address given by Sharp, with photograph, at Gen. 1971/10, and a portrait photograph at Phot.ill.20.

Additional Information

The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) University of Edinburgh Journal,Vol.10. 1939-1940, p.24, Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. (2) University of Edinburgh Journal, Vol.19. 1958-1960, pp.291-292, Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. (3) A great librarian. 1939-1959. Lauriston W. Sharp, University of Edinburgh Gazette, No.25. October 1959, , pp.14-16, Edinburgh: University Press. (4) Who was who, Vol.5. 1951-1960, London: Adam and Charles Black, 1961.