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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
LOW, David Morrice (1890-1972)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Low, David Morrice, 1890-1972, writer

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1890; educated at Westminster School (scholar); Oriel College Oxford (scholar); 1st Class Moderations, 1911; 2nd Class Literae Humaniores, 1914; BA, 1914; MA, 1915; Assistant Master, Marlborough College, 1914-1918; Westminster School, 1919-1921; Rector of Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow, 1921-1929; temporary Junior Assistant, Air Ministry, 1941-1943; temporary Senior Assistant, Foreign Office, 1943-1945; Lecturer in Department of Classics and Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Arts, King's College London, 1945-1957; Chairman, English Association, 1959-1964; Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; died, 1972. Publications: with B V F Brackenbury, Elementary French Exercises (1917); Kelvinside Academy, 1878-1928 ; Gibbon's Journal (1929); Edward Gibbon (1937); London is London (1949); Virgil and the English Augustans (a paper read to the Virgil Society, 1952); Norman Douglas, A Selection from his Works (1955); A Century of Writers, 1855-1955 (1955); Essays and Studies Collected for the English Association (1955); abridged Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1960); Trends in English Pronunciation (1960). Contributor to: Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature ; Encyclopaedia Britannica . Novels: Twice Shy (1933); This Sweet Work (1935). Translations: Natalia Ginzburg, Voices in the Evening (1963) and Family Sayings (1967); Ercole Patti, Roman Chronicle (1965).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired from Low's family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Notes and papers, 1911-1952, of David Morrice Low, including scrapbook of news cuttings and pictures, 1911-1913; printed Marlborough school lists, 1914-1918, and extracts from school rules, 1916; list of Oriel men on service; notes on Italy and Latin, 1924-1925 and undated; notes on teaching classics and mathematics [1914-1921]; notes, manuscripts and typescripts for novels or short stories; material relating to Low's novel Twice Shy (1933) including notes, reviews, and a contract with Chatto & Windus; other material relating to Chatto & Windus, 1927-1933; notes on Greece and Nice; manuscript notes and letter, 1927, from V H Collins on 'Scotticisms'; manuscript personal notes on his mother, childhood, first memories, use of language and attitude to women; typescript note on role as examiner of English, 1940; notebooks on Edward Gibbon, some dated 1934-1935, from various sources including Gibbon's journal and letters; printed catalogue of Gibbon's library, 1934, and typescript essay on it; photographs of portraits of Gibbon and places associated with him; typescripts on 'The Grand Tour'; notes on aeronautical terminology in Spanish and Portuguese [1941-1943]; offprint of E M Wilson, 'La Estroga Sexta de la Cancion a la Flor de Guido', Miscelanea (1952), dedicated to Low; Enid Marx, The Pigeon Ace [undated].

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following sections: notebooks; typescript and manuscript fragment of a story concerning a teacher; notes for Twice Shy ; reviews of Twice Shy ; Chatto and Windus; typescripts; notes on Greece; notes on Nice; manuscript fragments concerning Albert Edward Sceefe; manuscript notes and letters from V H Collins; manuscript personal notes; notebooks on Gibbon; Gibbon's library, portraits and places; typescripts on the Grand Tour; notes on aeronautical terminology; scrapbook of news cuttings and pictures; printed material.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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

Mostly English; some Latin, Greek, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Finding aids

Box list available online and in the reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Reading University Library holds letters from Low in the Chatto and Windus correspondence files, 1926-1928 (in MS2444); correspondence of Low, 1930-1935, including c14 letters from him (in Jonathan Cape General files); files of correspondence relating to works by Norman Douglas, 1951-1952, including three letters from Low to Douglas, and files of correspondence relating to works by Low, 1951-1970, including letters from Low (in Chatto and Windus and Hogarth Press General Correspondence). Sussex University Library, Manuscript Collections, holds 12 letters from Low to Kingsley Martin, 1931-1962 (Ref: SxMs11/14/1). Glasgow University Library holds a letter from Low to W R Scott, 1936 (Ref: MS.Gen.1293(0)14). Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Department of Western Manuscripts, holds correspondence with Graham Pollard, 1927-1971 (Ref: MSS Pollard). Royal Society of Literature holds nine letters from Low, 1958-1967. Buckinghamshire County Record Office, Aylesbury, holds a fragment of a letter from Low to Theodora Roscoe, 1962 (in D115/126/13).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); Who's Who; British Library online catalogue; National Register of Archives; Location register of twentieth-century English literary manuscripts (1988).

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 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Age distribution
  • Age groups
  • Authors
  • Book reviews
  • Childhood
  • Educational institutions
  • Educational personnel
  • English
  • Germanic languages
  • Humanities education
  • Indo-european languages
  • Language instruction
  • Latin
  • Literary criticism
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Mathematics education
  • Newspaper press
  • Novels
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Photographs
  • Portuguese
  • Press
  • Press cuttings
  • Prose
  • Publishing
  • Publishing industry
  • Romance languages
  • Schools
  • Social science education
  • Space technology
  • Spanish
  • Teachers
  • Travel
  • Travel abroad
  • Visual materials
  • Writers

Personal names

  • Collins, V H, fl 1927
  • Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794, Historian
  • Low, David Morrice, 1890-1972, Writer
  • Marx, Enid, fl ? 1943, Author
  • Wilson, E M, fl 1952

Corporate names

  • Air Ministry
  • Chatto & Windus Ltd, publishers
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Marlborough College, Wiltshire
  • University of Oxford, Oriel College


  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Nice, France

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