The collection was made by Professor John Burns Martin for his edition (with J W Oliver, completed by A M Kinghorn and A Law) of ‘The works of Allan Ramsay’, (Scottish Text Society, 1951-1974).
The contents of the collection are as follows.
(i) Photostats of Allan Ramsay's autograph manuscript of fourteen poems, now in the Henry Huntington Library, San Marino, California (H.M.211). (Folio 1.)
(ii) Photostats of a manuscript, now in the Huntington Library (H.M.97), containing seven of Ramsay's poems in an eighteenth-century hand. (Folio 30.)
(iii) Typescript, 1930, of a poem to Susanna, Countess of Eglinton, 1733, with a covering letter. See ‘The works of Allan Ramsay’, volume iii, page 230. (Folio 48.)
(iv) Photographs of 'The marrow ballad', 1738, with a letter, 1929, concerning the sale of the manuscript. For the original see MS.1030, folio 6. See ‘The works of Allan Ramsay’, volume iii, page 244. (Folio 52.)
(v) Typescripts, 1929, of two poems owned by the Brick Row Bookshop, New York, with a covering letter. The poems are 'To Dr Boswell', 1747 (‘The works of Allan Ramsay’, volume iii, page 259), and 'A Prayer' (‘The works of Allan Ramsay’, volume iii, page 279). (Folio 55.)