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Runciman, Steven, 1903-2000
Steven Runciman Letters to Jeffrey Schaire
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of letters by British medieval historian and Byzantine art scholar Stephen Runciman to his friend Jeffrey Schaire, editor of Arts and Antiques magazine.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains 60 typed and holograph letters and postcards by Runciman, with corrected typescripts of two of his articles, addressed to Jeffrey Schaire, friend and editor of Arts and Antiques magazine. The articles deal with "The Painted Churches of Moldavia" (9 pp.) and "Byzantine Art and Western Taste" (17 pp.). Accompanying the letters are some photographs, including one of "Elshieshields" (1983), Runciman's home in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and several of Schaire from his visits with Runciman.


The letters are arranged chronologically, followed by the two mansucripts.

Collection Creator Biography:

Runciman, Steven, 1903-2000

Sir Stephen Runciman was an eminent British medievalist. Born in Northumberland, England, he showed a talent for learning languages at an early age. He was a King's Scholar at Eton College, where he became a close friend of George Orwell. In 1921, he entered Trinity College (Cambridge) as a history scholar and earned a fellowship there in 1927 for his work on the Byzantine Empire. After receiving a large inheritance from his grandfather in 1938, Runciman resigned his position at Trinity and began travelling widely. From 1942 to 1945 he was Professor of Byzantine Art and History at Istanbul University, in Turkey, where he began the research on the Crusades which would lead to his best known work, The History of the Crusades (3 vols., 1951-1953). He was knighted in 1958. Runciman died in Radway, Warwickshire, on November 1, 2000.

Collection History


Purchased from Lane Duck Books in January 2008 .

AM 2008-71.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Steven Runciman Letters to Jeffrey Schaire; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1