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Bartholomew, Augustus Theodore, 1882-1933 (librarian)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1882-1933

Augustus Theodore ('Theo') Bartholomew was born at Walthamstow on 26 August 1882, the son of Charles Augustus Bartholomew and his wife Alice. He was educated at Surbiton, at New College, Margate, and at the Nonconformist Grammar School, Bishop's Stortford. By 1898 he was contemplating a career with books, and his mother (now a widow living at Fowlmere, between Cambridge and Royston) began writing round to librarians, publishers and booksellers, and enlisting the help of friends and relatives, to find a suitable opening for her son. Theo worked for three months in the Norfolk and Norwich Library during 1899, and early in the following year was appointed a second-class Assistant at Cambridge University Library, where he was to spend the whole of his working life. In October 1901 he entered Peterhouse, graduating BA in 1904 and MA in 1908. He spent much of the ten years from 1903 in cataloguing the vast library bequeathed to the University Library by Lord Acton, and between 1910 and 1912 the collection of books and papers on Cambridge and Cambridgeshire bequeathed by John Willis Clark. He was promoted to Under Librarian in 1913. In addition to his work as a librarian, Bartholomew undertook a number of important bibliographical and editorial projects. In 1908 he published a bibliography of the works of Richard Bentley, 'and of all the literature called forth by his acts or his writings', with an introduction by J.W. Clark. He provided much of the bibliographical apparatus for the Cambridge History of English Literature, edited by Sir Adolphus Ward and A.R. Waller (respectively Master and Fellow of Peterhouse), giving up this work in 1915 because his health and eyesight were suffering, and he was devoting too much of his time at the University Library to the task. In 1926 he issued a bibliography of Ward, prefaced with a memoir by T.F. Tout. From 1915 he collaborated with Henry ('Enrico') Festing Jones on the latter's memoir of Samuel Butler, on the 'Shrewsbury' edition of Butler's works, and on a catalogue of the Butler collection at St. John's College. After Jones' death he published two volumes of selections from Butler's notebooks. Bartholomew had serious artistic interests, and was a strong supporter of Sydney Cockerell during Cockerell's campaign to turn the Fitzwilliam into a first-class national museum. He had a particular interest in book design (which may have been the origin of his friendship with S.C. Roberts, Secretary of the Cambridge University Press). Among literary figures he counted Rupert Brooke, Geoffrey Keynes and Siegfried Sassoon as close friends, and among musicians E.J. Dent and Boris Ord. He was also an avid playgoer in both Cambridge and London. Bartholomew died in March 1933, a few months short of his fifty-first birthday, and his executors presented his papers to the University Library.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds

Augustus Theodore Bartholemew: Journals and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8786
Dates: 1897-1933
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Augustus Theodore Bartholomew: Letters to W.H. Haslam

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8654
Scope and Contents The letters to his slightly younger contemporary William Heywood ('Michael') Haslam (1889-1981), an undergraduate at King's from 1908 to 1911, give news of mutual friends, plays that Bartholomew has seen, his holiday travels, his health, and his uncertainty as to whether he should volunteer for military service.
Dates: 1910-1926 (Two letters concerning the donation of the letters are dated 1977 and 1978)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Henry James: Cambridge letters and related material

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8306
Scope and Contents Letters from Henry James to Geoffrey Keynes, Charles Sayle, A.T. Bartholomew and others, with related correspondence and papers compiled by Keynes. The supporting material includes extracts from Bartholomew and Sayle's diaries concerning James' visit. There are also copies of Keynes' essay 'Henry James in Cambridge', including the version published in the London magazine, vol. 6, no. 3 (March, 1959), pp. 50-61; papers regarding the publication of the essay in various forms; and details of...
Dates: 1884-1974
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Siegfried Sassoon: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8483-8494
Scope and Contents Correspondence, poems and other papers. Sassoon often issued his poems privately in limited editions, and some of these were seen through the press by A.T. Bartholomew, and later by Geoffrey Keynes. Some of the manuscripts therefore include their correspondence about publication, and transcripts by Keynes.
Dates: 1917-1959
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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