fonds UL12 - Papers of Dr Jean Bromley

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Papers of Dr Jean Bromley


  • [1934-1973] (Creation)

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0.09 cubic metres

5 boxes

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(c 1914-1990)

Biographical history

Dr Jean Bromley was born Jean Robertson c.1914. She was educated at Howell’s School, Denbigh, and then at the University of Liverpool, where she studied English under Professor L. C. Martin. In 1939 she married naval historian John Selwyn Bromley.

She began her teaching career at Liverpool, where she was successively William Noble Fellow, tutor, assistant lecturer and finally lecturer in English between 1937 and 1949. Her specialism was the English renaissance and in 1942 she published ‘The Art of Letters,’ a study of renaissance handbooks.

She spent the 1950s at Oxford with her husband, who was Fellow in Modern History at Keble College between 1947 and 1960. The couple moved to Southampton in the 1960s and in 1964 Dr Bromley was appointed to her first permanent lectureship at the University of Southampton. She was made senior lecturer in 1972. She was by then one of the country’s leading renaissance scholars. In 1973 she published her edition of Sir Philip Sidney’s ‘Arcadia’, for which she was awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize by the British Academy.

Dr Jean Bromley died on 23 August 1990.

Archival history

This archive forms part of the University Library Manuscripts collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1991.

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Scope and content

Working notes, research papers and correspondence including notes and correspondence regarding 16th century-17th century English literature; bibliographical card index for Sir Philip Sidney 'The Poetry of George Chapman'; thesis for BA Hons in English Literature 1934, typed with various corrections; 'Owen Feltham: A Biographical and Critical Study', revised version of thesis for University of Liverpool.


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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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The archive has not yet been catalogued, please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 04.04.17.




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