Fonds RC0313 - William Ready fonds

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William Ready fonds

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  • 1948-1982 (Creation)

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8.4 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

William Ready was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1914. He began his career as an acquisitions librarian at Stanford University. He was chief librarian at Marquette University before coming to McMaster University. He was responsible for bringing the J. R. R. Tolkein fonds to Marquette; at McMaster his most famous acquisition was that of the Bertrand Russell fonds. He was also a writer, publishing short stories and book reviews. His autobiography, Files on Parade, was published posthumously in 1982. He died on 12 September 1981 in Victoria, British Columbia, not long after he had retired from McMaster University.

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The fonds consists of two accruals. The first accrual contains correspondence, manuscripts of typescripts of his books, articles, reviews and other writings, speeches, newspaper clippings, artwork, photographs, sound recordings and manuscripts. There are also some research notes, correspondence, photographs and news clippings, artwork, photographs, sound recordings and moving images. The second accrual (15-2005) consists of six audio cassettes.

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The first accrual was acquired in December 1980 from William Ready; the second accrual was acquired from Edward Copenhagen, Boston College, originally the property of Philip J. McNiff.


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See also the André Girard collection.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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