Sir Harold Williams: Collections on Jonathan Swift

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Box 1. Photocopies and communications regarding Swift's poems and correspondence, including material owned by Harvard University, the Huntington Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, and the British Museum

Box 2. Photocopies and communications regarding Swift's correspondence, including material owned by the National Library of Scotland, Harvard University, the Huntington Library, the Earl of Harrowby, Wellesley College Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, Haverford College Library, the Historial Society of Pennsylvania, and the British Museum.

Box 3. Original MSS of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, by or about Swift.

Box 4. Williams's manuscript '18th Century Notebook', and an envelope of material for Williams's Dean Swift Library, 1932.

Box 5. Photocopies and communications regarding Swift's correspondence and poems, including material owned by Cottrell-Dormer, A.A. Houghton Jr. and the Duke of Bedford, including the transcript by Stella (Esther Johnson) of Swift's poems.

Box 6. Photocopies and communications regarding Swift's correspondence and poems, including material at the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Rothschild Library at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Box 7. Photocopies and communications regarding Swift's correspondence, including material at the British Museum.

Box 8. Photocopies and communications regarding Swift's correspondence, including material owned by R.W. Barret, Dallas Pratt, Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy, Carl H. Pforzheimer, and W.S. Lewis, including the typescript of Horace Walpole's marginalia on Swift's Letters.

Box 9. Transcripts of Swift material at Welbeck and Longleat, and proofs of Williams's The Text of Gulliver's Travels, 1952.

Box 10. Material regarding Swift's poems, including the typescript of Swift's corrections to Miscellanies 1727-32.

Box 11. Williams's manuscript 'Register of Swift's Letters'.

Box 12. Proofs of Sherburn's edition of Alexander Pope's Correspondence.

Box 13. Proofs of Sherburn's edition of Alexander Pope's Correspondence.

Box 14. Williams's manuscript working notebooks.

Box 15. Williams's manuscript working notebooks.

Box 16. Williams's manuscript working notebooks.

Box 17. Notes regarding Williams's Modern English Writers, 1918.

Box 18. Slips listing chronologically Williams's contributions to periodicals and newspapers.

Box 19. Notes on Swift's correspondence.

Box 20. Microfilm of Swift MSS. at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Box 21. MS. collations of printed editions of Swift's writings.

Box 22. Pasted-up copy for some of Swift's correspondence; typed copy for Williams's review of the Rothschild Library, 2 volumes, 1954; and a folio theological notebook in Williams's autograph, 1911.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Harold Herbert Williams (1880-1964), critic and scholar, was educated at Liverpool College and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied theology. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1904, and became lecturer and chaplain at Ripon Theological College, 1905, then curate at Credition, 1906-1909. Williams relinquished his orders and became university extension lecturer in English literature at Cambridge and London, before serving in the army during World War One. He was called to the bar in 1920, and became a J.P. He was chairman of Hertford County Council, 1947-1952, and chairman of the Local History Council, 1950-1963. In 1950 he was Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge. Williams worked on a bibliography of Jonathan Swift's works and published an edition of Swift's poems in 1937 and the Journal to Stella in 1948. He also published five volumes of Swift's Letters (1963-1965). He was president of the Bibliographical Society, 1938-1944, and was knighted in 1951.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Sir Harold Williams, 1965.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Williams in the Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, 1901-1970, p. 724 (Oxford University Press, 1982).

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.