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Corson, James Clarkson, 1905-1988 (Scottish librarian and scholar)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1905 - 1988

Biography

James Clarkson Corson was born in Edinburgh on 30 June 1905. He was educated at Daniel Stewart’s College from 1911 to 1924 before entering Edinburgh University to read history. Having graduated in 1928, Corson stayed on to prepare a Ph.D. on Doctrines of Resistance and Non-Resistance during the Revolution of 1688 (1934). Before completing his postgraduate work, however, Corson had taken up a post at the University Library. At first he was employed as an Assistant Librarian, but he soon rose to the position of Deputy Librarian in 1939, where he was to remain until his retirement in 1965. Today Corson is best known to Scott scholars for his 1943 publication A Bibliography of Sir Walter Scott: A Classified and Annotated List of Books and Articles Relating to his Life and Works 1797-1940 and for his Notes and Index to Sir Herbert Grierson's Edition of the Letters of Sir Walter Scott (Oxford, 1979), both of which remain standard reference works in the field. His most durable legacy, however, is one of the most diverse and significant archives of Scott materials. The Corson Collection, almost certainly the world’s largest self-standing collection of Scottiana, was sold to Edinburgh University under an agreement in 1978, and was transferred to the University Library in Edinburgh in 1989, a year after Corson’s death.

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

Abbotsford Library papers, 1950s-1980s

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/JC/AL
Scope and Contents This series includes material relating to James Clarkson Corson's work as Honorary Librarian of Abbotsford House from 1953 to 1988. It includes: Correspondence addressed to Corson in his capacity as Honorary Librarian of Abbotsford, primarily from the Maxwell-Scott family Transcripts of MSS held at Abbotsford; Transcripts of Abbotsford-related Walter Scott...
Dates: 1950s-1980s

Correspondence, 1930s-1980s

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/JC/JCC
Scope and Contents

Consists of letters sent to James Clarkson Corson by fellow scholars, publishers, and members of the public with an interest in Scott. Some of the correspondence is addressed to Corson in his capacity as Honorary Librarian of Abbotsford, but is filed along with his other correspondence. In most cases, there are also typed copies of Corson's replies.

Dates: 1930s-1980s

Corson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Coll-1022
Scope and Contents The Corson Collection consists of materials assembled by James Clarkson Corson (1905-1988), Deputy Librarian of Edinburgh University and Honorary Librarian of Abbotsford.It is comprised of two sub-divisions. The first consists of materials related to Sir Walter Scott, including manuscripts, artworks, realia, memorabilia, press-cuttings, and critical materials, which were purposely collected by Corson to complement his extensive collection of printed works by or about...
Dates: 18th-20th century

Corson Collection of Sir Walter Scott materials, 18th-20th century

 Sub-Fonds
Identifier: Coll-1022/CCWS
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Corson Collection consists of materials assembled by James Clarkson Corson (1905-1988), Deputy Librarian of Edinburgh University and Honorary Librarian of Abbotsford.It is comprised of two sub-divisions. The first consists of materials related to Sir Walter Scott, including manuscripts, artworks, realia, memorabilia, press-cuttings, and critical materials, which were purposely collected by Corson to complement his extensive collection of printed works by or about...
Dates: 18th-20th century

Cuttings of newspaper articles relating to Sir Walter Scott, 1931 - 1988

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/CCWS/PRS
Scope and Contents

This series contains cuttings from British newspapers that relate, in the widest possible sense, to the life and works of Sir Walter Scott.

Dates: 1931 - 1988

Education, 1911-1934

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/JC/OP/STUD
Scope and Contents

Consists of: Corson’s Ph.D. thesis, 'The English Revolution and the Doctrines of Resistance and Non-Resistance, 1688 to 1714' (Edinburgh, 1934); Miscellaneous notes on librarianship and bibliography.

Dates: 1911-1934

Extracts, photocopies, and transcripts of critical articles on Sir Walter Scott, 19th-20th century

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/CCWS/CRIT
Scope and Contents

This series contains extracts, cuttings, photocopies, photostats and transcripts of articles, essays, and reviews devoted to Sir Walter Scott.

Dates: 19th-20th century

Life Membership of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club given to James C. Corson, 24 January 1947

 Item — Box CLX-A-345
Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0177
Scope and Contents

Life Membership of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club given to James C. Corson. The card reads: "Received from James C Corson Esq. the sum of two guineas, in payment of his subscriptions as a life member of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club".

Dates: 24 January 1947

Management and documentation of Corson Collection, 1917 - 1988

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/CCWS/CCMD
Scope and Contents This series contains the following finding aids and registers compiled by James Clarkson Corson: Catalogue of the printed materials in the Corson Collection; Catalogue of the manuscript materials in the Corson Collection; Catalogue of newspapers cuttings in the Corson Collection; Card index of manuscript materials in the Corson Collection; ...
Dates: 1917 - 1988

Manuscripts and copies of manuscripts relating to Sir Walter Scott, 18th-20th century

 Series
Identifier: Coll-1022/CCWS/MSS
Scope and Contents This series contains: Original manuscript letters from, to, or about Sir Walter Scott; Manuscript extracts from original works by Scott; Manuscripts of works about or relating to Scott; Microfilms and transparencies of original Scott manuscripts; Photostats, photocopies or transcripts of original manuscripts by or relating to...
Dates: 18th-20th century