Papers of Edwin George Morgan, b1920, writer and professor of English

Scope and Content

  • Draft manuscript poems and works 1931-1994
  • Papers relating to works written or edited by Morgan 1956-1991
  • Papers relating to Morgan's contributions to works edited by others 1953-1994
  • Papers relating to Morgan's contributions to periodicals 1962-1980
  • Papers relating to broadcasts, films and videos 1951-1990
  • Papers relating to theatre productions 1980-2000
  • Miscellaneous articles and lectures 1946-1994
  • Poetry reading correspondence and related material 1973-1994
  • Foreign tour material 1955-1998
  • Educational work notes 1945-1990
  • Papers relating to societies etc 1961-1973
  • Papers relating to conferences 1962-1987
  • Papers relating to poetry competitions etc 1970-1997
  • Papers relating to outside interests of Morgan 1963-1985
  • Ccorrespondence 1963-1996

Administrative / Biographical History

Edwin George Morgan was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1920 . He attended the University of Glasgow but his studies were cut short by the Second World War during which time he served in the Middle East with the Royal Army and Medical Corps. Although strongly influenced by European literature, he remains a distinctively Scottish poet. Following the war, he completed his studies at Glasgow. First published in 1952, he is a writer who has attempted many forms, and is a winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He began teaching as a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow in 1947 becoming Titular Professor in 1975. By the year 2000 he had retired but continued to be an Emeritus Professor in the department.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

1,000 holograph poems together with 16 scrapbooks purchased from the poet in 1981 with financial assistance from the Scottish Arts Council : ACCN 4419

Gift : Edwin Morgan : 1983-2000 : ACCNs 4472, 4498, 4499, 4579, 4582, 4583, 4756, 4580, 4581, 4584, 4654

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Morgan

Note: Only part of the collection has been added to the online catalogue so far

Typescript catalogue with an additional title and first line index on cards available in the searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 5 April 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Edwin Morgan


Accruals possible

Related Material

GB 246 MS 220: Miscellaneous papers and manuscripts of Edwin Morgan (Glasgow City Archives)

GB 233 Acc 7125-7147: Correspondence with Duncan Glen (National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division)

GB 096 Tlaloc papers: Correspondence with Cavan McCarthy (London University Library)


Published work by Edwin Morgan can be found via the Glasgow University Library Catalogue available at

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