Tagore, Sir Rabindranath

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Typescript drafts, 1921-1958, with alterations of several poetical works written by Rabindranath Tagore.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta on 6 May 1861. After his marriage in 1883, Tagore managed the family estates at Shileida, where he wrote many of his works. In 1901 he founded a school at Santiniketan, Bopur, Bengal, which later became the international institution, Visva-Bharati. In 1912 he visited England and translated some of his works into English. He also made visits to countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America. In 1913 he received the Nobel Prize for literature. At the age of 68 Tagore took up painting, some of which were exhibited in Europe and the United States. He died in Calcutta on 7 August 1942

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

The Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA, holds literary Manuscripts (Ref: NUC MS 81-644 bMS Eng 1159), and letters to Sir William Rothenstein (Ref: NUC MS 82-665); the Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library, London, contain essays (Ref: MSS Eur D 598), correspondence with Macmillans Publishers, 1913-1941 (Ref: Add MS 55004), and letters to Elizabeth Sharpe, 1924-1933 (Ref: MSS Eur B 280); the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, has correspondence with Sir Patrick Geddes, 1916-1930 (Ref: MS 10576); the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds letters to Edward John Thompson, 1913-1940 (Ref: MSS Eng c5273-368, c5783, d2642-704, e2915-31).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.