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Correspondence and papers of the Scots poet William Soutar.

Identifier: MSS.8501-8770

Scope and Contents

William Soutar's output of work, most of it produced during the last thirteen bed-ridden years of his life, is quite remarkable. Apart from his regular and lively correspondence, and his poetry both in English and in Scots, he left a long sequence of diaries and journals, as well as a record of his dreams extending over more than twenty years.


  • Creation: 1898-1955.

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270 Volumes

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The papers are arranged as follows:

MSS.8501-8562. Correspondence. MSS.8563-8625. Poems MSS.8626-8653. Poetical notebooks. MSS.8654-8659. Commonplace books. MSS.8660-8670. Journals. MSS.8671-8695. Miscellaneous notebooks. MSS.8696-8729. Dream books. MSS.8730-8758. Diaries. MSS.8759-8770. Miscellaneous.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1954, 1957, 1958, by John Soutar, Perth, father of the poet.

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