Photocopies of manuscript poems in the John Davidson Collection, Princetown University Library
Papers of John Davidson
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Davidson was born in Barrhead, Renfrewshire on 11 April 1857, the son of Rev. Alexander Davidson, a minister of the Evangelical Union. From 1879 - 1889 he taught, initially as a pupil teacher, at various schools in Greenock, Glasgow, Paisley and Perthshire, but in 1890 moved to London, where he became well established as a poet and playwright. He had already begun writing reviews and articles in the Glasgow Herald and the Speaker before his poetry began to attract attention, and from the late 1880s until his death in 1909, published many works, including Bruce: a Chronicle Play (1886); Smith: a Tragic Farce (1888); The Great Men, In a Music Hall and other poems (1891); The Triumph of Mamon (1907); and Mamon and his Message (1908). For further details see Who Was Who 1897 - 1916, p 183.
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Conditions Governing Access
Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet
This collection was acquired by a research student engaged in a thesis on Davidson's works, and purchased by the University in Feb 1969
Other Finding Aids
Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/
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Conditions Governing Use
Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.
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No accruals expected
Details of published works have not been established
Original records in Princeton University Library