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Walter Wilson Greg papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 162
Scope and Contents

The Walter Wilson Greg Papers document the scholarly career of bibliographer and textual editor Walter Wilson Greg, particularly his work on the multi-volume A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration (4 volumes, 1939-1959). Materials relating to this work include working papers, photostats, prints, and the plate illustrations for Volume I as well as correspondence with other scholars and editors on bibliographical subjects and on the works of Shakespeare. The collection also contains copies of book reviews and scholarly articles by Greg, as well as offprints of articles by his colleagues, often inscribed to Greg, and manuscripts of several articles and lectures, including "The Elements of Textual Criticism in Shakespeare's Plays" and "What Is Bibliography?"

Series IX contains a few personal items, including an unfavorable school report from Harrow School. Series X, Miscellaneous Manuscript Fragments and Documents, contains material Greg collected in the course of his research, perhaps as paleography specimens. Some of the documents date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Walter Wilson Greg Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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Organized into fourteen series: I. Personal Copies of Greg's Own Reviews, 1922-1957. II. Personal Copies of Colleagues' Articles, 1921-1960. III. Contributions to the Modern Language Review, Volumes I-XV, 1905-1920. IV. Greg's Contributions to The Library, Volumes I-IX, 1900-1909. V. Greg's Personal Copy of Gentleman's Magazine, Volume CCC, 1906. VI. Plates I-CXXXVII from Volume I of Bibliography of English Printed Drama (BEPD), 1939-1959. VII. Prints of Title Pages and Portraits, 1800-1959. VIII. Manuscripts of Greg's Articles and Lectures; Lists, 1925-1959. IX. Personal Family Items and Photographs, 1910-1950. X. Miscellaneous Manuscript Fragments and Documents, 1559-1950. XI.Correspondence, 1905-1959. XII. Working Papers, BEPD Volumes I-II, 1939-1954. XIII. Working Papers, projects other than BEPD, 1940-1956. XIV. Photostats, Manuscript and Printed.

Associated Materials

Printed works that were acquired with the Walter Wilson Greg Papers were removed and cataloged separately. A list of these works that contain Greg correspondence or manuscript notes is given in the Appendix to this finding aid. Full catalog records for these items may be found in ORBIS, the Yale University Library catalog.

1495 - 1959
Majority of material found within 1905 - 1959
5 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
Related Names
Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959
Language of Materials