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Literary manuscripts and personal papers of the poet and art critic, Sydney Goodsir Smith (1915-1975).

Identifier: MSS.26116-26162

Scope and Contents

Born in New Zealand and educated in England, Sydney Goodsir Smith's first poems were in English, but he began writing in Scots in about 1940 and published several volumes of poetry. He also wrote for the stage, radio and television, as well as editing works of Robert Burns and Robert Fergusson. All these interests are reflected in his papers, but his work as an art critic survives in only a few fragmentary items.


  • Creation: 1922-1980, undated.

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47 Volumes

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The papers are arranged as follows: MSS.26116-26127. Poetry MSS.26128-26141. Drama MSS.26142-26149. Prose MSS.26150-26153. Correspondence MSS.26154-26156. Diaries MSS.26157-26162. Miscellaneous papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1978, 1988.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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