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Augustus Theodore Bartholomew: Journals and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8786

Scope and Contents

Comprises a series of diaries and private journals kept by Bartholomew between 1904 and 1925 giving a detailed record of his daily life, social engagements and friendships, aspects of his work at the University Library, progress of various literary projects, plays attended and important books that he read. The entries during the last dozen years covered by the journals show Bartholomew as increasingly preoccupied by real or imagined health problems, and subject to fits of depression and anxiety. The collection also includes a commonplace book, 1904-1932, various portrait photographs and three printed books.


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


2 archive box(es) (2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Bartholomew's executors shortly after his death in March 1933.

Related Materials

In addition to these papers, the University Library holds some 56 letters to Bartholomew from various correspondents (primarily J.W. Clark, Francis Jenkinson and Sir Adolphus Ward), which were probably found in the Library after his death, and were incorporated into a large miscellaneous accessions series (MS Add.4251). Small but interesting groups of letters from Bartholomew to E.J. Dent (1915-18) and W.H. Haslam (1910-15) are catalogued at MS Add.7973/B/14-23 and MS Add.8654 respectively.


Liam Sims, '"Simple and exquisite tastes" A.T. Bartholomew: a life through books', The Book Collector, Autumn 2016, pp. 387-412.
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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