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Papers of Robin Alston, 1965-1970 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1908188
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Alston, Robin, 1933-2011
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1965-1970] 
6.48 m. (33 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 
Summary

MS 4871 comprises notes, drafts, and proofs for the Bibliography of the English language, correspondence regarding the Bibliography and examination papers from the University of Leeds (33 boxes, 1 fol. box).

Biography/History

Bibliographer, publisher, librarian and academic. Robin Carfrae Alston was born in Trinidad in 1933 and educated at Rugby School, England, and the universities of British Columbia, Oxford and Toronto. In 1964, he completed Ph.D. studies in historical linguistics at Kings College London. He was a lecturer in English literature at Leeds University from 1964-1976. Commencing in 1965, Alston compiled A bibliography of the English language from the invention of printing to the year 1800, an undertaking almost complete in 20 volumes by the time of his death.

In 1966, he founded Scolar Press to publish, and make available to students, inexpensive facsimiles of pre-1801 literary and historical texts. In 1977, in collaboration with the British Library, he initiated the Anglo-American Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue (later known as the English Short Title Catalogue or ESTC), as a union catalogue of books and other material printed in English-speaking countries between 1701-1800. In 1990, he was appointed Professor of Library Studies at the University of London, where, in 1995, he set up the first Master of Arts in the history of the book. He became emeritus professor in 1998. Alston died in June 2011.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 4871.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (3 p.) available in the Pictures and Manuscripts Reading Room. 
Subjects Alston, Robin, - 1933-2011 - Archives.  |  Alston, Robin, - 1933-2011. - Bibliography of the English language from the invention of printing to the year 1800.  |  University of Leeds - Employees - Archives.  |  University of Leeds - Examinations.  |  Philologists - Great Britain - Archives.  |  Bibliographers - Great Britain - Archives.  |  Publishers and publishing - Great Britain - Archives.  |  College teachers - Great Britain - Archives.  |  English language - History.  |  English philology - Bibliography.
Time Coverage 1965-1970 
Occupation Philologists.  |  Linguists.  |  Bibliographers.  |  Publishers.  |  Librarians.  |  Academics.
Other authors/contributors University of Leeds

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