Rupert Brooke: Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8478: Book of words and extracts compiled by Brooke at school and university, c. 1905-1910, including inserted leaves of miscellaneous notes.

MS.Add.8479: 'Democracy and the arts', the text of a paper read by Brooke to the Cambridge University Fabian Society in his room at King's College, c. 1909.

MS.Add.8481: Seventeen poems by Brooke, early 20th century, with a pencil drawing by Jacques Raverat, at the front of the volume, of the author's head in profile.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rupert Chawner Brooke (1887-1915), poet, was born at Rugby on 3 August 1887. He was educated at Rugby and at King's College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow in 1912. He travelled in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the South Sea islands during 1913 and 1914, before joining the Royal Naval Division. He died at sea on 23 April 1915, and was buried at Scyros.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Rupert Brooke in H.W.C. Davis and J.R.H. Weaver, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1912-1921 (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 66-68.

Other Finding Aids


Custodial History

MS.Add.8478 was given to Sir Geoffrey Keynes by Rupert Brooke's mother around 1925. MS.Add.8479 was given to Keynes by Mrs Brooke at Rugby in 1920.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Rupert Brooke, MSS.Add.6202, 6203, 7460, 7467 and 7468.


The volumes are nos 1075, 1076 and 1078 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 113.