Robert George Collier Proctor: Letters to George Dunn

Scope and Content

Letters from Robert George Collier Proctor to George Dunn, 17 August 1896 - 25 August 1903, 29 items.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert George Collier Proctor (1868-1903), bibliographer, was born in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, on 13 May 1868. He was educated at a preparatory school in Reading and at Marlborough College, before joining Bath College in 1881. In 1886 he entered Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A., 1890). Proctor worked at the Bodleian Library from 1891 to 1893, where he catalogued incunabula. In 1893 he became assistant in the printed books department at the British Museum, where he was employed for the rest of his life. Proctor devised a new Greek type and compiled an Index of early printed books to the year MD (1898). He disappeared while on a walking tour in Tyrol in 1903.

George Dunn of Woolley Hall, Maidenhead (d. 1912), was a member of Type Facsimile Society, founded by Robert Proctor, and the Bibliographical Society. He was interested in aboriculture, astronomy and horology, and was an antiquarian. His library was sold at Sotheby's after his death.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Sir S.C. Cockerell, 1912.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Proctor in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1901-1911, Vol. III (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 140-141.

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Cambridge University Library also holds correspondence and papers of Robert George Collier Proctor, MS.Add.4522.