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Davison Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 DAVISON
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Davison Papers
Date(s): [1978-2000]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 56 boxes
Name of creator(s): Davison | Peter | fl 1980-2004 | Professor of English
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Peter Davison was editor of The Complete Works of George Orwell and Professor and Senior Research Fellow in English and Media, De Montfort University, Leicester. Davison was originally commissioned in 1981 to produce corrected versions of Orwell's nine separate books. He also edited the Facsimile of the Manuscript of Nineteen Eighty-Four and was commissioned in 1982 to produce a collected edition of Orwell's shorter writing which developed into the production of The Complete Works. He was President of the Bibliographical Society, 1992-1994, whose journal, The Library, he edited for 12 years. He was also a Shakespeare expert on whose plays he published a number of works.

Publications: The Complete Works of George Orwell editor
Songs of the British Music Hall: A Critical Study
Popular Appeal in English Drama to 1850
Contemporary Drama and the Popular Dramatic Tradition
Hamlet: Text and Performance
Henry V: Masterguide
Othello: The Critical Debate
George Orwell: A Literary Life


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Peter Davison, [1978-2000] relating to The Complete Works of George Orwell, including Davison's notebooks and notes; letters relating to errors in The Complete Works; letters to publishers; biographical material relating to Orwell; drafts of The Complete Works and photocopies of Orwell's correspondence, diaries, book reviews and works from the BBC - many annotated by Davison.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Closed pending cataloguing. Please contact the UCL Special Collections Team for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Box list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Peter Davison, 2004.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2008

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