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BROWN, Professor Thomas Julian (1923-1987)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP38
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: BROWN, Professor Thomas Julian (1923-1987)
Date(s): Created 1902-1989
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 59 boxes or 0.59m3
Name of creator(s): Brown | Thomas Julian | 1923-1987


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 24 February 1923; educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford; National Service with the Border Regiment, 1942-1945; Assistant Keeper in the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, 1950-1960; Professor of Palaeography, King's College London, 1960-1985; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 1956; member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1966-1967; Lyell Reader in Bibliography, University of Oxford, 1976-1977; Chairman of the Committee and Trustee, Lambeth Palace Library, 1979; President of the Bibliographical Society, 1986-1987; Fellow of King's College London, 1975; died 19 January 1987.

Publications: editor of The Stonyhurst Gospel of Saint John (Oxford, 1969); Poems (Cambridge, Rampant Lions Press, 1988); A palaeographer's view: the selected writings of Julian Brown (Harvey Miller, London, c1993).


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence about posts, grants and awards, with related papers concerning Brown's work and palaeography, [1950-1985]; conference papers, mainly about palaeography, manuscripts and medieval history, often held at the London Medieval Society, the Medieval Institute and SCONUL (Standing Conference of National and University Libraries), 1968-1986; public lectures given by Brown, about scripts, palaeography including Latin palaeography, Anglo-Saxon and medieval history, and the Lindisfarne Gospels, 1958-1985; published work including proofs and drafts, and reviews of others' work, 1954-1988; unpublished notes, 1950-1986; papers, 1902-1989, including New Palaeographic Society reports, photographs, newspaper cuttings and student papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged as Correspondence (alphabetical), Conferences, Public lectures, Published work, Others' work, Unpublished notes, and Other papers.

Conditions governing access:

Parts of the collection are closed pending review of confidentiality.

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 Director of Archive Services, King's College, London.

Finding aids:

Draft handlist available in the reading room of the College Archives although part of the collection is uncatalogued.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred by the Department of Palaeography, 1988, 1998.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Offprints and teaching materials are retained in the Department of Palaeography, King's College London.

Papers including Lyell lecture notes at the University of London Library; poems and related material (2 vols) at the British Library, Manuscript Collections.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2000

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