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Jopson Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 JOP
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Jopson Collection
Date(s): 1935
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 envelope
Name of creator(s): Jopson | Norman Brooke | 1890-1969 | philologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Norman Brooke Jopson: born Leeds, 1890; educated at Cambridge University, where he obtained a first-class degree in French and German and Vienna University, where he studied Slavic languages. He then spent some time in Prague learning Czech and was in St Petersburg learning Russian when the First World War began. On returning to Britain, Jopson was recruited by the Government for work in Postal Censorship. He spent the war in this and other Government departments. This experience allowed him to widen his knowledge of languages. After the war he joined the Foreign Office. In 1922 he left Government service to become Reader in Comparative Philology at SSEES. He left SSEES in 1937 to take up an appointment as the first holder of the Professorship in Comparative Philology at Cambridge. In 1939 Jopson was recalled by the Government to work in Postal Censorship again. He became head of the Uncommon Languages Division. In 1945 he returned to Cambridge where he remained for the rest of his life. After his retirement in 1955 he gave a number of overseas lectures. Jopson published little, concentrating instead on learning languages and teaching.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and bills of Norman Brooke Jopson, from Werner Söderström Oy, Helsinki and Tallinna Eesti Kirjandud-Ühisus, Tallinn, about the purchase of Finnish and Estonian books respectively, 1935.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, Estonian and Finnish

System of arrangement:

1 file

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Not known

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

Date(s) of descriptions:
Revised Dec 2002

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