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Gollancz, Israel, Sir, 1863-1930
Sir Israel Gollancz Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1890-1948 (mostly 1915-1929)
3 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists primarily of letters (approximately 500) from contemporaries of English editor and publisher Sir Israel Gollancz.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains approximately 500 letters from contemporaries of Sir Israel Gollancz. Also included is correspondence between Gollancz and his wife, Alide, and children and some manuscripts, including poetry and lecture notes on Shakespeare.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gollancz, Israel, Sir, 1863-1930

Sir Israel Gollancz was born in 1863. Educated at Cambridge, he later taught English at the university. In 1892, he was elected Quain lecturer at University College London. He was appointed the first lecturer in English at Cambridge in 1896, and held the position for a decade, but remained committed to London, where he was appointed to the chair of English at King's College in 1903. He retained the latter post until his death.

Gollancz was an editor and publisher of classic works of early English literature. Among the works that he edited were Pearl and other early English poems and the Shakespeare Library series. Additionally, Gollancz directed the Early English Text Society and was president of the Philological Society, chairman of the Shakespeare Association, secretary of the Shakespeare Tercentenary Committee, and secretary of the British Academy, which he also helped found. Gollancz was knighted in 1919 in recognition of his work. He later played a key role in providing books to the library of the Imperial University in Tokyo when it was refounded after its destruction in 1923. Gollancz died in 1930.

Collection History


Purchased from Christopher Edwards in January 2006 (AM2006-85).


No further accruals expected.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ran Tao in February 2006. Finding aid written by Danielle Ford in February 2006.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Sir Israel Gollancz Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3

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