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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Typescripts & Notes

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Reviews, Offprints and related materials by A. D. McKillop

Series IV: Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Alan Dugald McKillop papers, 1921-1972 MS 269



creator McKillop, Alan Dugald, 1892-1974
Title: Alan Dugald McKillop papers
Dates: 1921-1972
Abstract: Professional papers, manuscript notes and personal correspondence of Alan Dugald McKillop, Professor of English, Rice University. Included in the collection are: James Thomson letters (photocopies); Samuel Richardson letters (photocopies); Aaron Hill letters; typescripts of articles; reviews of McKillop's books; reviews by McKillop; offprints by McKillop, offprints of other authors (most autographed).
Identification: MS 269
Quantity: 5.0 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Alan Dugald McKillop taught English at Rice University beginning in 1920, and retired in 1968 as Trustee Distinguished Professor of English. His interests included 18th century poetry and prose, and British novelist Samuel Richardson and poet James Thomson in particular.

Born May 24, 1892 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Scottish parents, McKillop attended Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude in 1913 with a B.A. in philosophy. He returned to Harvard and earned his Ph.D. in English in 1920, and arriving at Rice Institute, September, 1920, to begin what would be forty-nine years of service to the Rice community. McKillop was a member of the Texas Philosopical Society, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Houston Philosophical Society, and Phi Beta Kappa.

A long-time friend of the Fondren Library, McKillop was the founding editor of the Fondren Library's publication The Flyleaf, and was responsible for developing many of the library's key collections, including the Axson Collection of 18th century British plays.

McKillop died in Houston on August 5, 1974.

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Scope and Contents

Professional papers, manuscript notes and personal correspondence of Alan Dugald McKillop, Professor of English, Rice University. Included in the collection are: James Thomson letters (photocopies); Samuel Richardson letters (photocopies); Aaron Hill letters; typescripts of articles; reviews of McKillop's books; reviews by McKillop; offprints by McKillop, offprints of other authors (most autographed).

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Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in the following seven series:
  • Series I: Typescripts and Notes
  • Series II: Correspondence
    • Subseries A: James Thomson letters
    • Subseries B: Samuel Richardson letters
    • Subseries C: General Correspondence
  • Series III: Reviews, Offprints and related materials by A. D. McKillop
  • Series IV: Manuscript notes for Lecture / Publication

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Alan Dugald McKillop Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McKillop, Alan Dugald, 1892-1974
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761
Thomson, James, 1700-1748
Subjects
English literature--18th century--History and criticism
English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism
Genres
clippings (information artifacts)
corrrespondence
typescripts

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Separated Material

Richardson Family letters separated and processed as MS 279.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alan Dugald McKillop Papers, 1921-1972, MS 269, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Alan Dugald McKillop estate, 1976.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Typescripts & Notes

Box Folder
1 1 Typescripts, two versions; Vade Mecum
2 Typescripts, two incomplete versions; The Diction of Thomson's Seasons
3 Typescript; " Thomson's Liberty"
4 Typescript; "Lucretius and Thomson" typescript
5 Typescript thesis; "The 'Spasmodic School' in Victorian Poetry": Introduction & Bibliography
6 Typescript thesis; "The 'Spasmodic School'" : Philip James Bailey I
7 Typescript thesis; "The 'Spasmodic School'" : Alexander Smith II
8 Typescript thesis; "The 'Spasmodic School'" : Sydney Dobell III
9 Mimmeograph thesis; "The 'Spasmodic School'" : Wm. E. Aytoun V
10 Typescript and mimmeograph; The Spasmodic School as a Whole VI
11 Typecripts and Notes; Proofs for The Early Masters of English Fiction
12 Illustrations for The Early Masters of English Fiction
13 Talks
14 [Robert] Burns
15 Typescript and Notes; Sterne copy [manuscripts and notes]
16 Proofs for Tristram Shandy; [transcriptions and notes]; Laurence Sterne
17 Notes, novel, miscellaneous by A.D. McKillop
18 "An Ode to Mr. Handel" photocopy
19 Photocopy of "A Seasonable Examination"; unidentified photocopies 1735
20 Typescript; review of Richard Brinsley Sheridan by Landré-Augier
21 Typescript; "The Publication of James Thomson's Poems, 1726-1730"
22 Typescript; "Are Novels Social Documents?"
23 Typescript; "The Gothic Setting in English Fiction, 1764-1790"
24 Typescript; "The Early Masters of English Fiction"; speech
25 Typescript; "Eighteenth Century Sentimentalism in Theory and Practice"
26 Typescript of "Literary Forgers-New and Old" speech
27 Typescript; "Sizing Up a Library"
28 Typescript; "Two More Thomson Letters"
29 Mimmeograph Tristam Shandy seminar notes

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Series II: Correspondence

Subseries A: James Thomson letters
Arrangement note
arranged in folders 1-7 chronologically using listing provided by Professor McKillop; photocopies of originals and printed transcripts
Box Folder
1 30 Letters, photocopies; originals and transcripts; related to James Thomson, Aaron Hill, D. Mallet, S. Mendes, E. Young, Shenstone, Pope with Thomson endorsements.
31 Photocopy of printed transcriptions; published 1751; James Thomson to Aaron Hill
32 Photocopies, typscripts and microfilm; list of James Thomson's letters
33 David Mallet and other photocopies; James Thomson
34 Letters; James Thomson
35 Letters, photocopy; James Thomson
36 Photocopy of letters and transcripts of letters by James Thomson; notes and correspondence by A.D. McKillop.
37 Work sheets; James Thomson's Castle of Indolence
Etchings, notes and manuscript; James Thomson portraits and notes
James Thomson: reprint proposal and catalogue of household furniture (photocopies)
Photocopy of 1727 original printing; James Thomson's "A Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Issac Newton"
Subseries B: Samuel Richardson Letters
Box Folder
1 41 Photocopies of letters written by and to Samuel Richardson
42 Photocopy: letters written by and to Samuel Richardson
43 Photocopy: letter from Samuel Richardson to his nephew published in "The Imperial Review" of August 1804
Subseries C: General Correspondence
Box Folder
1 44 James Hervey to Dr. Stonehouse; August 22, 1747; original
45 Photocopy; Aaron Hill; letters; photocopies of contemporary printed transcriptions
46 Henry Hame [Hume?] letter; photocopy of original
47 Alan Dugald McKillop bibliography
48 Correspondence with Lois G. Morrison and accompanying photocopies of related to earl 1700s materials
49 Preface to Mr. Pope; photocopies of correspondence and notes
50 Personal correspondence including letters regarding publication; folder 1 of 2
51 Personal correspondence including letters regarding publication; folder 2 of 2
52 Correspondence: Rice University Lovett, Dowden
General note
This folder contains a letter letter of appointment from Edgar Odell Lovett as well as a personal letter from Lovett. The folder also contains a letter notifying A.D. McKillop of a fellowship and includes personal correspondence with Wilfred Dowden.
53 Miscellaneous correspondence with George Sherburn
54 Correspondence regarding James Thomson
55 Correspondence concerning Samuel Richardson
56 A.D. McKillop papers, original poems, clippings; additional articles by other authors
57 Photocopy of 1747 original printing; "The Pleasures of Melancholy A Poem"
58 Photocopies; London Journal 1726

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Series III: Reviews, Offprints and related materials by A. D. McKillop

Box Folder
2 1 Assorted clippings including reviews by and about McKillop; notes and clips on Thomson
2 Photocopies of August 20, 1773 edition of Maryland Baltimore Journal; 1761 London map; Hereford Cathedral map
3 International Association of University Professors of Englsh, 3rd Triennial Conference; Jesus College Cambridge; 20-25 August, 1956
4 Reviews and offprints by A.D. McKillop
5 Reviews of books by A.D. McKillop: newspaper and periodical
6 Etching plates for illustrations
7 Offprints by various authors, most autographed

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Series IV: Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication

Box Folder
2 8 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; William Blake
9 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Austen
10 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Fielding; folder 1 of 3
11 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Fielding; folder 2 of 3
12 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Fielding; folder 3 of 3
13 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Hogarth
14 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Topic unknown
15 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Addison-Steele Period
16 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; William Collins
17 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Defoe
18 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Defoe, Addison, Steele
19 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Pope
Box Folder
3 1 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Richardson
2 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Photos and postcards
3 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Early 18th Century Criticism
4 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Gray
5 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Samuel Johnson
6 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Prose (second half of Johnson-Boswell
7 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Johnson and others
8 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Swift; 1 of 2
9 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Swift; 2 of 2
10 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Sterne
11 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Sterne and other authors
12 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Sterne unpublished letters
13 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Collins
Box Folder
4 1 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Assorted Subjects
2 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Scott
3 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Drama
4 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Thomson, Fielding, others
5 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Sheridan, Goldsmith, drama
6 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Smollett
7 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Edward Young
8 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Poetry 2nd half of century
9 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Philosophy/Aesthetics
10 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Restoration, Dryden, Columbia
11 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Restoration (other)
12 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Notes on assorted writers
13 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; 18th century Descr-Didac poems
14 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Miscellaneous
Box
5 Manuscript Notes for Lecture/Publication; Notes on manuscript on 3-inch by 5-inch cards

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