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Papers of Professor Walter Horace Bruford

Identifier: Coll-806

Scope and Contents

The material contains: manuscript summary and introduction material includingThe economic foundations of the German classical period; two loose-leaf notebooks with notes; and, a Cambridge document of 1958 in Latin.


  • Creation: 1958-1968

Language of Materials

English, Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Horace Bruford was born in Manchester in 1894. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and then he studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, and also at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland. During the First World War he served with the Naval Intelligence Division at the Admiralty. After the war he did some research at Zuerich and then in 1920 became a Lecturer in German at Aberdeen University, and then Reader in 1923. Bruford was then Professor of German at Edinburgh University, 1929-1951, though was seconded to the Foreign Office, 1939-1943. From 1951 he was Professor of German at the University of Cambridge until 1961. His publications includeSound and symbolwith Professor J. J. Findlay,Germany in the eighteenth century,Die gesellschaftlichen Grundlagen der Goethezeit,Chekhov and his Russia, andLiterary interpretation in Germanyand much more. He had lived at Abbey-St. Bathans, Duns, Berwickshire. Professor Walter Horace Bruford died in 1988.


1 box (part).

Physical Location

Gen. 2193/1/1-4

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired from Prof. W. H. Bruford, October 1984, Accession no. E84.47.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Materials

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: memoirs relating to Naval Intelligence Division and Code-breaking in World War I, Cambridge University, Churchill Archives Centre, Ref. BRUF, (Memoirs of Room 40, Naval code-breaking unit, MISC 20 1 file), NRA 18561 Churchill Coll.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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