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Robert Harborough Sherard: letters to Douglas William Gray

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8271

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of letters, transcripts and other papers kept by Douglas Gray of Perth, all relating to Sherard and his writings on his friendship with Oscar Wilde in Paris in the 1890s and his aggressive defence of Wilde by means of various publications. The whole collection has been calendared to provide short summaries of the contents, including some direct quotation. The catalogue has retained original historic language that may be offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. In order to reflect the original context of creation, such historic language has not been edited or replaced.


  • Creation: 27 Sept 1933-Apr 1980


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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


1 collection (72 items total in one acid-free folder paper) : paper

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

One acid-free folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Douglas Gray's collection of letters from Sherard and his wife Muriel came into the possession of Ian Laurenson of Monash University, by whom they were presented to Cambridge University Library in 1980.

Related Materials

The principal collection of Robert Harborough Sherard's papers is in the Special Collections, University Library, University of Reading MS.1047; see There is another collection of Sherard material at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library of the University of California, Los Angeles; see


Kevin H.F. O'Brien "Robert Sherard: friend of Oscar Wilde", 'English Literature in Transition 1880-1920', 28 (1985): pp.3-29
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Repository Details

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