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Scholfield, Alwyn Faber, 1884-1969 (Cambridge University Librarian)



  • Existence: 1884-1969

Alwyn Faber Scholfield (1884-1969) was Cambridge University Librarian, 1923-1949. He attended Eton before coming to King's College, Cambridge, in 1903, where he gained a second in both parts of the Classical Tripos. After his degree he travelled abroad and taught for a year at Eton. From 1911-1912 he worked in Cambridge University Library on Classical and early printed books. In 1913 he went to Calcutta as Keeper of the Records of the Government of India. During part of his time there he served as officiating Librarian of the Imperial Library, Calcutta. From 1919-1923 he worked in Cambridge as Librarian of Trinity College, until he was elected University Librarian in succession to Francis John Henry Jenkinson. He superintended the transfer of the University Library from the Old Schools to the new building in 1934, and created the Departmental organisation under which the Library functioned for many decades, laying down the Library's routine procedures with great thoroughness. He also edited Aelian, De natura animalium for the Loeb Classical Library (3 vols., 1958-1959), and Nicander: the poems and poetical fragments, with A.S.F. Gow (1953).

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'Rewards and Fairies'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6850
Scope and Contents The complete autograph MS of 'Rewards and Fairies', including the poems 'The Road through the Woods' and 'If', 118 folios. On the flyleaf: 'Presented to Cambridge University Library by The Author 1926 Rudyard Kipling'. With letters from Kipling to A. F. Scholfield (University Librarian), Burwash, 30 June 1926, and Kipling's secretary D. Gardner-Smith to Scholfield, Burwash, 21 July 1926; and with an envelope mis-addressed by Kipling to Scholfield as 'Bodley's Librarian' at 'The Bodleian Oxford'.
Dates: 1910 (circa)
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