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Stephen: Papers Relating to James Kenneth Stephen

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JKS

Scope and Contents

This small collection of papers comprises poems, a few letters and two press cuttings.


  • Creation: 1869 - 1892


Biographical / Historical

James Kenneth Stephen (1859-1892) was Virginia Woolf's cousin. He was educated at Eton and King's (coming up in 1878), and was a Fellow of the College between 1885 and 1892. He wrote 'Lapsus Calami' and other poems, and in 1883 was tutor to Edward, Prince of Wales (Duke of Clarence). His promising career was cut short when he became mentally ill following a blow to the head; he died at the age of 33.


3 envelope(s) : paper

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This material was recatalogued in 2006. The original arrangement was generally retained, except that printed material has been removed from the correspondence and the letters have been placed in alphabetic rather than chronological sequence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the papers is largely unknown.

Related Materials

See also Shelfmark 30/3 (Library - Rare Books) for autograph manuscript and printed material comprising the printer's copy for the 3rd edition of 'Lapsus Calami' by James Kenneth Stephen, July 1891 (2 volumes); a copy of his book 'Quo Musa Tempis'; CW/X/3/4/9 for a photograph and possibly writing by JKS, and KCAC/1/4/Stephen for two engravings.


Stephen, James Kenneth (1859-92)

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Repository Details

Part of the Archive Centre, King's College, Cambridge Repository

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