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Percy Simpson papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 8

Scope and Contents


Box 1 -- 2 Scrapbooks, containing press cuttings, 1870-1953
5 Letters to Simpson Misc. Memorabilia from Awards of Honorary Degrees

Box 2 -- Notebooks 1-6

Box 3 -- Notebooks 7-14

Box 4 -- Folder 1 Off-prints of articles published by Simpson 1896-1953

-------- Folder 2 Off-prints of reviews by Simpson

-------- Folder 3 Off-prints of Simpson's colleagues

-------- Folder 4 Misc. printed matter

Box 5 -- Folder 1 Notes on proofreading and punctuation

-------- Folder 2 Notes, facsimiles, correspondence related to proofreading

-------- Folder 3 20th-Century theater programs

-------- Folder 4 "Monthly Letters" of William Poel

Box 6 -- Folder 1 Photostats for "paradoxes and problems"

-------- Folder 2 Photostats of Jonson texts

-------- Folder 3 Misc. photostats and facsimiles

-------- Folder 4 Notes on Jonson

-------- Folder 5 Notes for "Love's Martyr"

-------- Folder 6 Notes, correspondence relating to Jonson portraits

-------- Folder 7 Notes on Jonson's library

-------- Folder 8 Plates, proofs for "Masque of Queens"

-------- Folder 9 Notes on Lucy, Countess of Bedford

-------- Folder 10 Notes on Shakespeare plays

-------- Folder 11 Notes for "Shakespearean Punctuation"

-------- Folder 12 Typescript of "Shakespeare's Latin"

Box 7 -- Folder 1 Notes for teaching of Greek, 1883-84

-------- Folder 2 Lecture notes for course in Bibliography, 1913-19

-------- Folder 3 Notes, lecture notes on Matthew Arnold

-------- Folder 4 Personal items

-------- Folder 5 Bibliographical Society and Oxford Bibliographical Society materials, 1915-53

-------- Folder 6 Misc. notes by Simpson

-------- Folder 7 Notes on Chapman's Homer

-------- Folder 8 Notes on Huchon(?)

-------- Folder 9 Notes on Corpus Christi (Oxford) MS 325

-------- Folder 10 Notes on Phillips MS 9624 (Brodbent)

-------- Folder 11 Tutor play fragment (Wadham College, Oxford)

-------- Folder 12 Notes of Trinity College (Cambridge) MS B.14,22

-------- Folder 13 Notes on Cicero

-------- Folder 14 Materials from Oriel College (Oxford) Sexcentury, 1926

-------- Folder 15 Misc. typescripts

Boxes 8-10 -- Correspondence


  • 1870-1953


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5 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

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Correspondence, writings, scrapbooks and printed material documenting aspects of the scholarly career of Percy Simpson, particularly his edition of Ben Jonson's Works (1925-52) and his professional relationships with his colleagues, especially C. H. Herford, R. W. Chapman, William A. Jackson, Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford, and Eugénie Sellers Strong.

Guide to the Percy Simpson Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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