File 73 - Miscellaneous papers mainly relating to William Aldis Wright

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Add. MS b/73


Miscellaneous papers mainly relating to William Aldis Wright


  • [1845]-1942 (Creation)

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1 box

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Source of acquisition not specified for items 1-27; items 28-37 were the gift of D. N. Smith in 1942, and item 38 was the gift of P. A. Spalding in 1967.

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A collection of materials, many of them associated with William Aldis Wright and acquired from different sources.

One letter (item 3), and a group of papers (items 6-27) belonged to fellow Shakespeare editor W. G. Clark. The cutting about Shakespeare (item 3a) may have been from his papers as well.

Another group was created by David Nichol Smith, who donated the material relating to his research for the entry on William Aldis Wright in the Dictionary of National Biography (items 28-37).

The last letter was written by Aldis Wright and was acquired by the Library separately.

The association of the other letters and cuttings in the collection (items 1, 2, 4, and 5) to William Aldis Wright, if any, is unclear.

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Archivist's note

This collection of letters was previously identified as William Aldis Wright: Letters. The title was changed in April 2023, when the collection was recatalogued.

An undated handwritten list in the box was originally used as the source for item records added in 2020 by Diana Smith.

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