Guide to the William Sharp Papers, 1869-1904 (bulk 1889-1904)

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Guide to the William Sharp Papers, 1869-1904 (bulk 1889-1904)

Collection number: BANC MSS 72/90 z

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Collection Processed By:
Jerry Dear
Date Completed:
August 2004
Finding Aid written by:
Jerry Dear, completed by Alison E. Bridger
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Sharp papers,
Date (inclusive): 1869-1904
Date (bulk): (bulk 1889-1904)
Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/90 z
Creator: Sharp, William, 1855-1905
Extent: Number of Containers: 2 boxes. Linear ft.: 0.8
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: Consists of a small amount of correspondence, manuscripts, personal writings, and reviews that span a portion of William Sharp's literary career. Correspondence includes letters from Amelia Robertson Hill, concerning the bust she was making of Sharp, with notes concerning her work. Manuscripts contain excerpts, notes and fragments of Sharp's writings, some under the pen name, Fiona Macleod. Personal writings include 1893 diary of Elizabeth A. Sharp, his wife, describing travels in Africa. Reviews of Sharp's biographies of Heinrich Heine and Percy Bysse Shelley.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Sharp papers, BANC MSS 72/90 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

William Sharp papers, 1897-1905, BANC MSS 82/59 z

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sharp, William, 1855-1905--Archives.
Sharp, William, 1855-1905--Portraits.
Sharp, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Amelia), 1856-1932--Diaries.
Authors, English.
Africa--Description and travel.
Diaries.
Photographs.
Manuscripts for publication.
Hill, Amelia Robertson Paton.
Macleod, Fiona, 1855-1905.
Sharp, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Amelia), 1856-1932.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The William Sharp papers were transferred from the Rare Books and Special Collections in 1971.

Biographical Information

William Sharp

William Sharp, born on September 12, 1885 in Paisley, Scotland to David Galbraeth and Katherine Brook Sharp, had a distinguished literary career as a Scottish poet, novelist, short story writer, biographer, essayist, and dramatist. He attended Glasgow Academy at an early age and later in life enrolled at Glasgow University. Sharp wrote many works under the pen name, Fiona Macleod, whose topics and themes revolved around Celtic legends, folklore, and mythology. Through these writings, Sharp achieved literary fame, earning him the reputation as the foremost Scottish writer of the Celtic Renaissance during the late nineteenth century.

Scope and Content of Collection

The William Sharp Papers, 1889-1904, consist of a selection of correspondence, personal writings, manuscripts, reviews, and photographs that span a portion of William Sharp's literary career.
Correspondence includes original and transcripts of letters form Amelia Robertson Hill, a sculptress who made a bust of Sharp and an outgoing letter to a Mr. Stedman. Writings consist of short stories by Sharp, some written under the pen name Fiona Macleod, three notebooks containing various literary quotes and poems, an annotated printed pamphlet, and a journal by Sharp's wife, Elizabeth A. Sharp, recounting her travels in Africa.
Includes reviews of Sharp's biographical writings on Heinrich Heine and Percy Bysse Shelley and some miscellaneous quotes and poems. Photographs consist of several black and white photos of Sharp and some busts and sculptures.
Microfilm is also available for the short story, "The House of Sand and Foam," (BANC FILM 2246) and Elizabeth A. Sharp's diary, "Travels in Africa," (BANC FILM 2247).

Container List

Box 1, folders 1-2

SERIES 1: Correspondence and photographs, 1869-1890

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically

Scope and Content Note

Contains letters from Amelia R. Hill, describing her sculptures, an original letter from Feb. 4, 1889 and remaining letters are transcripts. Also includes a letter from William Sharp to a Mr. Stedman. Includes black and white photographs of William Sharp and busts and sculptures of Amelia R. Hill. Also available on microfilm.
box 1, folder 1

Hill, Amelia Robertson Paton, 1869-1889

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
box 1, folder 2

Sharp, William letter to Mr. Stedman, 1890 July 21

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
box 1, folder 10

Photographs, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
Box 1, folders 3-6 and box 2

SERIES 2: Writings, 1877-1904

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 sub-series: manuscripts, personal writings, reviews and Elizabeth A. Sharp's personal writings.
Box 2

Series 2.1: Manuscripts, undated

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

11 manuscripts contain literary drafts of William Sharp's works in progress, some written under the pseudonym, Fiona Macleod. Most of the manuscripts are undated. One short story by William Sharp, "The House of Sand and Foam," also available on microfilm.
box 2, folder 1

By the Yellow Moonrock, Undated

box 2, folder 2

The Divine Adventure, 1899

box 2, folder 3

The Enchanted Valleys, undated

box 2, folder 4

The Glory of the King, 1897

box 2, folder 5

The House of Sand and Foam, Undated

Scope and Content Note

Also available on microfilm BANC FILM 2246
box 2, folder 6

The Moon-Child, undated

box 2, folder 7

The Mountain Lovers, 1895

box 2, folder 8

Sweet Scented Spring, undated

box 2, folder 9

The Tower of Silence, undated

box 2, folder 10

Transcripts from Nature, undated

box 2, folder 11

The Wells of Peace, undated

Box 1, folders 4-6, 9

Series 2.2: Personal Writings, undated

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically

Scope and Content Note

Contains 3 notebooks, a printed pamphlet "Light on the Path" with annotations and some loose notes, containing random poetry writings, prose excerpts and quotes from literary figures such as G.K. Chesterton, and Henry David Thoreau. Also available on microfilm.
box 1, folder 4

Notebook 1, 1877

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
box 1, folder 5

Notebook 2-3, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
box 1, folder 6

"Light on the Path" (with annotations), 1904

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
box 1, folder 9

Notes, 1897

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
Box 1, folder 7-8

Series 2.3: Reviews of William Sharp's works, 1887-1889

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Scope and Content Note

Contains two reviews of Sharp's biographies on Shelley and Heine. Also available on microfilm.
box 1, folder 7

Review: "Life of Shelley", 1887-1888

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
box 1, folder 8

Review: "Life of Heine", 1888-1889

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2246
Box 1, folder 3

Series 2.4: Elizabeth A. Sharp's Personal Writings, 1893

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Scope and Content Note

Contains the diary of Elizabeth A. Sharp's travels in Africa.
box 1, folder 3

"Travels in Africa" diary, 1893

Scope and Content Note

Also available on BANC FILM 2247