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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1292-1292.9

Andrew Lang papers


Correspondence and manuscripts of the Scottish writer Andrew Lang.


  • 1811-1971

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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1 linear feet (1 box and 9 volumes)

Contains correspondence, mostly letters from Lang or letters from others to the collection donor, B. Meredith Langstaff, about Lang; and 9 volumes of manuscripts by Lang including poems, fairy tales, peasant songs, a sketchbook, and other writings. Also contains photographs, notes and clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Lang was a Scottish poet, folklorist and scholar.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters from Andrew Lang
  2. II. Letters to Andrew Lang
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Other manuscripts
  5. V. MS Eng 1292.1-1292.9: Compositions by Andrew Lang

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*72M-17. Gift of B. Meredith Langstaff; received: 1972.

Processing Information

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Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912. Andrew Lang papers: Guide.
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