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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
BROWN, Professor Thomas Julian (1923-1987)
Created 1902-1989
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
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).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred by the Department of Palaeography, 1988, 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

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the Lindisfarne Gospels, 1958-1985; published work including proofs and drafts, and reviews of others' work, 1954-1988; unpublished notes, 1950-1986; papers, 1902-1989, including New Palaeographic Society reports, photographs, newspaper cuttings and student papers.

System of arrangement

Arranged as Correspondence (alphabetical), Conferences, Public lectures, Published work, Others' work, Unpublished notes, and Other papers.

Conditions of access & use

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.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

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

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • Bibles
  • Educational administration
  • Educational grants
  • Higher education institutions
  • Historical methods
  • Historical periods
  • History
  • History education
  • Humanities education
  • Indo-european languages
  • Latin
  • Medieval history
  • Palaeography
  • Religious doctrines
  • Religious texts
  • Social science education
  • Theology
  • Universities

Personal names

  • Brown, Thomas Julian, 1923-1987, Professor of Palaeography

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • London Medieval Society, London
  • Medieval Institute
  • New Palaeographic Society
  • SCONUL, Standing Conference of National and University Libraries

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