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Greenough Papers

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The Papers of George Bellas Greenough, 1794-1855, The collection falls into three broad sections: papers connected with his work, personal papers, and correspondence. They are hierarchically divided into nine series: published works; societies of which Greenough was president; travels; fields of interest; learned and scientific institutions and clubs with which he was associated; personal history; papers relating to his friends; acquired papers; and correspondence, relating mainly to geology or to some other aspect of Greenough's work. Greenough kept many series of notebooks and memorandum books into which he copied the notes he had jotted down in conversation or when reading. The 'Personal History' section contains little biographical or family data, although Greenough's early efforts in poetry, prose and translation from the Greek are well represented, and there are papers relating to his house, his garden and his investments. There are few letters to his friends.

A selection of Greenough's correspondence and papers has been transferred from Cambridge University Library, but has not yet been integrated into the main collection.


A list of the papers and correspondence of George Bellas Greenough (1778-1855), compiled by Jacqueline Golden (London, 1981)