fonds UL8 - Working notes and correspondence of Professor N. Garmonsway

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Working notes and correspondence of Professor N. Garmonsway


  • 1931-1962 (Creation)

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Biographical history

George Norman Garmonsway was born at Hartlepool, County Durham, on 6 May 1898. He studied at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, finally graduating in 1921 after spending two years in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War.

His teaching career began at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he lectured in English between 1921 and 1930. It was during this time that he published ‘An Early Norse Reader’ (1928).

He then moved to King’s College, University of London, as a Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature from 1956. In 1954 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. During his time at London he published his translations of ‘Aelfric’s Colloquy’ (1939) and ‘The Anglo Saxon Chronicle’ (1954), as well as ‘Canute and his Empire’ (1963) and ‘The Penguin English Dictionary’ in collaboration with Jacqueline Simpson (1965).

In the 1950s and 1960s Professor Garmonsway also spent time abroad, as Visiting Professor of English at the University of California in Los Angeles in 1955 and at the University of North Carolina in 1962. Following his retirement in 1965 he also taught at the University of Toronto.

Professor Garmonsway died in Toronto on 28 February 1967.

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 after 1962.

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Notes and correspondence of Professor George Norman Garmonsway, 1931-1962, including letters from students and colleagues, notes on the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, a typescript draft of 'The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial: A Trial Bibliography 1939-1951,' transcriptions and other related material.


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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

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
  • Latin

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

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The books and microfilms of Professor Garmonsway were donated to the University of York after his death. The microfilms are shelved in the Raymond Burton Library, a list can be searched online:

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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, 05.04.17.




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