- 1615 - 1959 (Creation)
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2 volumes (1 linear metre)
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Formed in 1963 after an amalgamation of institutions dating back to 1834, Newcastle University is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, with overseas campuses in Malaysia and Singapore. It is a member of the Russell Group of Universities.
The items in these albums have been accrued through gifts to and purchases made by Newcastle University's Robinson Library from its establishment.
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Contains of 2 albums of letters, including some by people of local significance like Thomas Bewick, Richard Grainger, George Stephenson, George Otto Trevelyan, Robert Spence Watson and Joseph Swan and others written by such household names as A.E. Houseman, Horatio Nelson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, William Wilberforce, Michael Faraday, William Ewart Gladstone, Thomas Carlyle, Walter Besant, Mary Shelley, Charles Babington, Garibaldi, Victor Hugo, Ellen Terry and Robert Southey. Other letters include a request for an address to facilitate the delivery of a bear skin from David Walton (1859), an account of the pranks of the 'Borrowlow Bogle' from J. Arkle (1856), the refusal to grant Madame de Bury's request that an officer in the Indian Army be promoted by Richard Airey (1860), a description of his house in China by James Bruce Elgin (1860) and a discussion of French politics and her newly-married life in the country by Frances [i.e. Fanny] Burney (1792).
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Further accruals to this collection are expected.
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Arranged in order of accrual.
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UK Copyright applies
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This catalogue was created by Ruth Sheret, Volunteer, at Newcastle University Special Collections, in 2013.