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Scrimgeour mss., 1968-1981

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Scrimgeour, Gary J.

Scrimgeour mss., 1968-1981

Collection No.
LMC 2116

77 items

Materials are in English

The Scrimgeour mss., 1968-1981, consists of the correspondence and manuscripts of author Gary James Scrimgeour, 1934- , primarily relating to the writing and publication of his first novel, A Woman of Her Times.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Gary James Scrimgeour was born in Auckland, New Zealand on January 15, 1934. Scrimgeour took his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1968. He enjoyed a long academic and professional career, including being an assistant professor of English (1964-1968) at Indiana University, Bloomington. He published his first novel, A Woman of Her Times, in 1982.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence and II. Manuscripts.

Scope and Content Note

The Scrimgeour mss., 1968-1981, consists of the correspondence and manuscripts of author Gary James Scrimgeour, 1934- , primarily relating to the writing and publication of his first novel, A Woman of Her Times. Correspondents include Scrimgeour, publisher Frank Eugene Taylor, 1916-1999, who acted as Scrimgeour's agent in selling the manuscript to a publisher, as well as editors at Michael Joseph Ltd. in London and G.P. Putnam's Sons in New York, publishers of the novel. Also included is a draft of Scrimgeour's 1968 dissertation for Princeton University, Drama and Theatre in the Early Nineteenth Century. Completing the collection are notes and manuscripts on 19th century drama and dramatists, an unrealized series of publications prepared in the 1970s for Ben Blom, Inc.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Gift. 1981, 1987
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Scrimgeour mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 I. Correspondence

1981, Jan.-June. Correspondence with editors at Michael Joseph, Ltd. in London and Putnam's in New York

Series: Box 1 II. Manuscripts

Subseries: A Woman of Her Times

1981, Jan.-June. 1st draft notes, etc.

1978-1979.  Women and War. Part one

1979 1st draft. Drafts, out-takes, original

1980, Oct.-Nov. 1st draft. Original typescript

(2 folders)

1980, Nov. Text as edited by Phyllis Grann

Box 2 1981, Jan.-Feb. 1st revision by author (photocopy)

1981, Feb. 2nd edited text by Grann

1981, Mar. Second revision by author

Box 3 1981, Mar.-Apr. Final version sent for copy-editing

1981, May 1. Out-takes during copy editing

1981, June. Edited text


Box 4 Final version of text. Photocopy

(6 folders)

Author Galleys

Master galleys

(2 folders)

Final-final pages galleys

Subseries: Box 4 Drama and Theatre in the Early Nineteenth Century

Dissertation for Princeton University, 1968

(5 folders)

19th century drama and dramatists

General Introduction


John Baldwin Buckston, 1802-1879

Edward Bulwer Lytton, 1803-1873

James C. Cross, d.1810?

William Diamond, 1782?-1837? Thomas John Dibdin,

Charles Dibdin the Younger, 1767-1833; 1771-1841

Edward Fitball, 1792-1873

John Thomas Haines, 1799-1843

Douglas William Jarrold, 1803-1857

James Kenney, 1780-1849

James Sheridan Knowles, 1784-1862

Matthew Gregory Lewis, 1775-1818

Box 5 William Thomas Moncrieff, 1794-1857

Richard Brinsley Peake, 1792-1847

Isaac Pocock, 1782-1835

John Poole, 1786?-1872

James Robinson Planche, 1796-1880

George Soane, 1790-1860 Notes

Subseries: Box 5 Vol. III: Tragedies. Manuscript

Draft essays on drama by decades, 1800-1840. Manuscripts

(7 folders)

Draft essays on drama by decades, 1790-1819.

(5 folders)

Miscellaneous. Includes research notes, book dealer catalogues, etc.

(3 folders)