James Thomson Papers

Scope and Content

A collection of papers by and about Thomson, including holograph works, diaries, correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Thomson (1834-82) was a poet and pessimist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections)

Acquisition Information

Bought from P. J. Dobell and given by Friends of the Bodleian, 1952


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38864-911.

Custodial History

The collection was made mainly by Bertram Dobell, and includes material from the collection made by John William Barrs.

Related Material

Further papers and printed miscellanea, and a collection of books by and about Thomson, are among the Dobell Papers (MSS. Dobell). See also the Research papers of Henry Salt on James Thomson, 1886-1906 (MSS. Eng. c. 2383-4).