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Correspondence and literary papers of and concerning George Borrow collected by Sir Angus Fraser, with working papers of Sir Angus Fraser relating to George Borrow.

Identifier: Acc.12091/1-74

Scope and Contents

Includes photocopies, extensive notes on Borrow by Sir Angus Fraser and an annotated copy of 'George Borrow: a Bibliographical Guide' (1984).


  • Creation: 1794-2001, undated.


Language of Materials

Multiple languages may be present, most notably in the notes and drafts of George Borrow, where excerpts in Arabic, Manchu, Spanish Romani and other languages can be found.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


75 Consultation units


75 consultation units, inclusive of items numbered 50a and 50b.

Custodial History

Sir Angus Fraser (1928-2001) was a senior British civil servant, and a passionate book collector. His preeminent collecting interest was the Victorian author George Borrow (1803-1881), and his will instructed his executors to offer his Borrow Collection to a suitable British library. The National Library of Scotland was approached and was delighted to accept the bequest of books and manuscripts. His collection of books on Romany and travellers was given to Leeds University Library, and other printed material was sold (see Graham York Rare Books catalogue 56, 2005).

Parts 73 and 74 were transferred to the Department of Manuscripts in 2005 from the Rare Books Collections Division.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed, 2002, by Sir Angus Fraser, Richmond.

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Repository Details

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