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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Smith
SMITH, Professor George Charles Moore (1858-1940)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

Smith, George Charles Moore, 1858-1940, Professor of English

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1858; educated at Tonbridge School; St John's College, Cambridge (Foundation Scholar); 1st Class Classical Tripos, 1881; Cambridge University Extension Lecturer; Professor of English Literature, Firth College, Sheffield, 1896; retained this post in the University of Sheffield, 1905-1924; Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of Sheffield; Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy, 1933; died, 1940. See also John Dover Wilson, George Charles Moore Smith 1858-1940 (from the Proceedings of the British Academy; Humphrey Milford, London, [1945]). Publications: The Life of John Colborne, Field-Marshal Lord Seaton (1903); Story of the People's College, Sheffield (1912); College Plays (1923); Thomas Randolph (Warton Lecture, 1927); as editor, Autobiography of Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Smith (1902); Gabriel Harvey's Marginalia (1913); Henry Tubbe (1915); The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple (1928); The Early Essays and Romances of Sir William Temple (1930); Henry V (1896); King John (1900); Edward III (1897); Bacon's New Atlantis (1900); the Cambridge Plays: Club Law (1907), Pedantius (1905), Victoria (1906), Hymenæus (1908), Fucus (1909), Laelia (1910); Hemminge's Elegy on Randolph's Finger (1923); The Poems of Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1923); The Queen Bee , The Old Post (translated from the Danish of Carl Ewald, 1907, 1922); with Dr P H Reaney, The Withypoll Family (1936); contributions to the Modern Language Review , Notes and Queries , and The Genealogist . See also A bibliography of the writings of G C Moore Smith (printed for subscribers at Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1928).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Douglas Hamer.

Content & structure

Scope and content

George Charles Moore Smith's undated transcripts, first lines and titles of 17th-century poems before 1660. The sources include British Library Additional MSS, MSS Sloane, Lansdowne, Dyce, Harleian and Egerton; Oxford University, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole, MS Malone, MS Rawlinson Poet; Corpus Christi Library, Oxford, MS 32B; Cambridge University Library, Add MS 4138; manuscripts at St John's, Emmanuel, Jesus and Corpus Christi Colleges, Cambridge; commonplace books including those by Anthony Scattergood and W E Preston; poets including Anthony Sleep, Thomas Coriat, Peter Hausted (Halstead), Edward Forset, John Eliot, Henry Molle and Thomas Masters. Much of the material is written on the reverse of examination scripts in English (some identified as University of Sheffield).

System of arrangement

The material is stored according to the source or poet in 38 files.

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. Acknowledgement of the use of this material must be made to 'The late Professor G C Moore Smith, University of Sheffield, and to the Delegacy of King's College, London'.

Language/scripts of material

Mainly English, some Latin

Finding aids

Manuscript list (item 39) stored with the material.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Sheffield University Library holds family correspondence and papers, 19th to 20th century, of Smith, including papers relating to Thomas Randolph, poet (Ref: MS 57).



Since the material is undated the dates attributed are those of Smith's professorship.

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; National Register of Archives.

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

Jan 2001

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  • Commonplace books
  • Documents
  • Educational evaluation
  • Examinations
  • Information sources
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Manuscripts
  • Poetry
  • Student evaluation

Personal names

  • Coriat, Thomas, fl 1611, Writer
  • Eliot, John, fl 1658, Poet
  • Forset, Edward, fl 1624, Poet
  • Hausted, Peter, d 1645, Dramatist
  • Masters, Thomas, fl 1637-1641, Poet
  • Molle, Henry, fl 1621, Poet
  • Preston, W E, fl ? 17th century, ?Poet
  • Scattergood, Anthony, 1611-1687, Theologian
  • Sleep, Anthony, fl ? 17th century, Poet
  • Smith, George Charles Moore, 1858-1940, Professor of English

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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