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Guide to the William Sharp Papers, 1869-1904 (bulk 1889-1904)
BANC MSS 72/90 z  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: William Sharp papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1869-1904
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1889-1904)
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/90 z
    Creator: Sharp, William, 1855-1905
    Extent: Number of Containers: 2 boxes. Linear ft.: 0.8
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: Consists of a small amount of correspondence, manuscripts, personal writings, and reviews that span a portion of William Sharp's literary career. Correspondence includes letters from Amelia Robertson Hill, concerning the bust she was making of Sharp, with notes concerning her work. Manuscripts contain excerpts, notes and fragments of Sharp's writings, some under the pen name, Fiona Macleod. Personal writings include 1893 diary of Elizabeth A. Sharp, his wife, describing travels in Africa. Reviews of Sharp's biographies of Heinrich Heine and Percy Bysse Shelley.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Sharp papers, BANC MSS 72/90 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collections

    William Sharp papers, 1897-1905, BANC MSS 82/59 z

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sharp, William, 1855-1905--Archives.
    Sharp, William, 1855-1905--Portraits.
    Sharp, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Amelia), 1856-1932--Diaries.
    Authors, English.
    Africa--Description and travel.
    Manuscripts for publication.
    Hill, Amelia Robertson Paton.
    Macleod, Fiona, 1855-1905.
    Sharp, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Amelia), 1856-1932.

    Administrative Information


    The William Sharp papers were transferred from the Rare Books and Special Collections in 1971.

    Biographical Information

    William Sharp

    William Sharp, born on September 12, 1885 in Paisley, Scotland to David Galbraeth and Katherine Brook Sharp, had a distinguished literary career as a Scottish poet, novelist, short story writer, biographer, essayist, and dramatist. He attended Glasgow Academy at an early age and later in life enrolled at Glasgow University. Sharp wrote many works under the pen name, Fiona Macleod, whose topics and themes revolved around Celtic legends, folklore, and mythology. Through these writings, Sharp achieved literary fame, earning him the reputation as the foremost Scottish writer of the Celtic Renaissance during the late nineteenth century.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The William Sharp Papers, 1889-1904, consist of a selection of correspondence, personal writings, manuscripts, reviews, and photographs that span a portion of William Sharp's literary career.
    Correspondence includes original and transcripts of letters form Amelia Robertson Hill, a sculptress who made a bust of Sharp and an outgoing letter to a Mr. Stedman. Writings consist of short stories by Sharp, some written under the pen name Fiona Macleod, three notebooks containing various literary quotes and poems, an annotated printed pamphlet, and a journal by Sharp's wife, Elizabeth A. Sharp, recounting her travels in Africa.
    Includes reviews of Sharp's biographical writings on Heinrich Heine and Percy Bysse Shelley and some miscellaneous quotes and poems. Photographs consist of several black and white photos of Sharp and some busts and sculptures.
    Microfilm is also available for the short story, "The House of Sand and Foam," (BANC FILM 2246) and Elizabeth A. Sharp's diary, "Travels in Africa," (BANC FILM 2247).