Commonplace Books of T.E. Lawrence and Charlotte Frances Shaw

Scope and Content

Commonplace books of T.E. Lawrence and Charlotte Frances Shaw.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935), was an archaeologist, soldier and author. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Charlotte Frances Shaw (d 1943) was the wife of George Bernard Shaw.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

W.M.L. Escombe bequeathed the volumes to the Library, where they were received in 1974.


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. 45577-8.

Custodial History

In 1927 Lawrence gave his book, 'Minorities', to Mrs Shaw, who gave Lawrence her book at the same time. Mrs Shaw gave 'Minorities' to J.G. Wilson (Lawrence's executor) in 1940. In 1960 Wilson sold both volumes to W.M.L. Escombe.

Related Material

See also Papers of T.E. Lawrence and A.W. Lawrence, c.1894-1985 (MSS. Eng. b. 2095-6, c. 6737-58, c. 6767, d. 3327-49, e. 3299-301; Photogr. b. 27, c. 122-6, d. 27-8; Film 2058).