Papers of Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A wide collection of papers compiled by Durning-Lawrence, dating between 1556-1883. The papers are often connected with his interest in the argument over authorship of Shakespeare's works.

Administrative / Biographical History

Durning-Lawrence was born in London in 1837 and went on to be educated at University College London. He was an MP for Truro between the years 1895-1906 but his main passion was the study of literature, especially the field of Bacon/ Shakespeare. In 1910 he wrote Bacon is Shakespeare and in 1912 The Shakespeare Myth. He died in 1914. His papers and library were bequeathed by his widow to the University of London in 1929 and transferred in total in 1931.

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

Archivist's Note

2000-02-15 Joseph Gelfer