Collection RC0250 - Thomas Carlyle

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Thomas Carlyle

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  • 1819-1968 (Creation)

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50 cm of textual records and graphic material

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Thomas Carlyle, historian, biographer, essayist and translator, born in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire on 4 December 1795. He was educated at Annan Academy and at the University of Edinburgh. His great work was a six volume history of Frederick the Great, published between 1858-65. He died in London on 4 February 1881.

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The fonds contains Thomas Carlyle correspondence, other Carlyle family correspondence, financial statements, photographs, notebooks and photocopies of diaries, and other materials

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Second accrual (25-1996) was obtained from Ethelwyn Carlyle of Brantford, Ontario in 1996.


There are two accruals. The first accrual is arranged into 3 series: Thomas Carlyle correspondence, other Carlyle family correspondence, other materials. The second accrual measures 12 cm and is concerned with Thomas Carlyle's nephew, also named Thomas Carlyle (1833-1921). It consists of correspondence, financial statements, photographs, notebooks and photocopies of diaries. The second accrual also contains books which have been separately catalogued.

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To supplement this collection, the library has a microfilm copy of the letters from Alexander Carlyle to his brother Thomas dating from 1819 to 1854, and letters from John Aitken Carlyle to Thomas dating from 1827 to 1847. The originals of these letters are in the National Library of Scotland.

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First Accrual: Finding Aid
Second Accrual: Finding Aid

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