sub-fonds 684 - Papers of R. B. McKerrow


referentie code

Add. MS a/684


Papers of R. B. McKerrow


  • 1918-1939 (Vervaardig)



Omvang en medium

5 files


Naam van de archiefvormer



Ronald Brunlees McKerrow was born in Putney in 1872, the son of a civil engineer, and was educated at Harrow, King’s College, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge. After leaving university he spent three years teaching English in Tokyo before beginning a period of intense literary and bibliographical study, largely at the British Museum, two important results of which were his edition of the works of Thomas Nashe (1904-10) and his Notes on Bibliographical Evidence (1914). The latter, revised as An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students (1927), became a standard work. From 1914 McKerrow also gave lectures in English literature, and later bibliography, at King’s College, London. In 1917 he was appointed managing director of the publishers Sidgwick & Jackson, and this was his main occupation till his death, but he was also honorary secretary of the Bibliography Society from 1912 to 1934, editor of the Review of English Studies (which he founded) from 1925 to 1940, and editor of The Library from 1934 to 1937. In 1929 he accepted an invitation to prepare an edition of Shakespeare for the Clarendon Press, but, though he prepared a good deal of material, only a general textual introduction ever saw print.

Geschiedenis van het archief

These papers were found in an envelope on a shelf in the basement of the Library in November 2022. No record of their accession has been found, but it seems likely that they came directly from the McKerrow family some time in the 1990s. An inventory was made of the papers in February 2023 in the order in which they were found, and they were catalogued immediately afterwards.

Directe bron van verwerving of overbrenging

Inhoud en structuur

Bereik en inhoud

This collection includes correspondence and papers of R. B. McKerrow relat-ing to a variety of bibliographical topics.

Waardering, vernietiging en slectie



The items have been divided into five groups, and the contents of each group are arranged in chronological order, so far as this can be determined.

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Taal van het materiaal

    Schrift van het materiaal

      Taal en schrift aantekeningen

      Fysieke eigenschappen en technische eisen


      Verwante materialen

      Bestaan en verblifplaats van originelen

      Bestaan en verblijfplaats van kopieën

      Related units of description

      The main series of McKerrow’s papers is catalogued under the reference MCKW, and other papers of his are catalogued as Add. Ms. a. 355, 457, and 460.


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      Toegepaste regels en/of conventies

      The addresses of some institutions are given in a shortened form. In descriptions of ‘extent and medium’, a ‘single sheet’ is a single unfolded leaf of paper comprising 2 pages; a ‘folded sheet’ is a sheet of paper folded once, comprising 2 leaves and 4 pages.


      Niveau van detaillering

      Verwijdering van datering archiefvorming

      This description was created by A. C. Green in 2023.

      Taal (talen)



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