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GB 141 Peers - Peers Collection

Peers Collection

Reference GB 141 GB 141 Peers
Held at University of Liverpool,Special Collections and Archives
Dates of Creation 1921-1960
Physical Description 31 archive boxes, 1 box of medals and over 900 books
Name of Creator Peers, Edgar Allison (1891-1952) Professor of Spanish
Language of Material English unless otherwise specified.
Cataloguing Info [ hide ]
Title The Peers Collection 1921-1960
Author Katy Hooper
Publication University of Liverpool Library, Special Collections and Archives October 2003
Creation Created using Adeptedit SGML authoring software 2000
Language Usage The Finding Aid is written inEnglish
Revisions

Scope and Content

The collection contains working papers relating to a number of Peer's published works, including his Studies of the Spanish Mystics(vol. 1 1927, vol.2 1930, vol.3 1960), his translations of P.Silvero de Santa Teresa's editions of The Complete Works of st John of the Cross (3 vols. 1934-1935), The Complete Works of Santa Teresa of Jesus(3 vols 1946), The letters of Santa Teresa of Jesus(1951), a projected fourth volume of Studies of the Spanish Mystics, and A life of Ramon Lull(1929) and press cuttings, lecture notes and correspondence relating to Spain during the Civil War and its aftermath and includes a collection of over 900 books and pamphlets. The collection also includes the Spanish civil war microfilm collection of 3,000 pamphlets arranged by subject, based on the collection of the American journalist and historian, Herbert Rutledge Southworth.

Biographical History

E.Allison Peers (1891-1952) was appointed lecturer in Spanish at the University of Liverpool in 1920 and Gilmour Professor of Spanish in 1922. He was the first to recognise the importance of Spanish Studies in Great Britain after the First World War, and campaigned tirelessly to promote Spanish through lectures, conferences, holiday courses in Spain (San Sebastian) and England, and in publishing a stream of textbooks, anthologies and study aids.

Peers believed passionately in higher education teaching methods based on original research and hard learning. He provoked lively debate and major contribution to the polemic of university problems and policies in the 1940's by publishing, under the pseudonym Bruce Truscot', he published two controversial and highly influential books, Redbrick University(1943) and Redbrick and these Vital Days(1945). Published at a crucial period in the debate over the future form and development of post-war universities, they contained thinly-disguised criticism of some of the leading educationalists at Liverpool.

In 1923 he founded the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, the column analysing contemporary events in, 'Spain, Week by Week' equipped him admirably, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, to write with astonishing prescience The Spanish Tradgedy(1936) and Spain, the Church and the Orders (1939) - a defence of the Catholic Church.

Peer's output was prolific, amounting to the writing or editing of some 60 books. His works Studies of the Spanish Mystics(1927-1930)The History of the Romantic Movement in Spain(1940) were ground-breaking and his translations of the complete works of San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Teresa have received international acclaim and and the imprimatur of the Catholic Church - a significant achievement for a scholar who was neither a Roman Catholic by conviction nor a theologian by training.

His scholarship was rewarded with distinctions from the universities of Glasgow, Madrid, Columbia, New York, New Mexico, California, Cambridge, Oxford, the Hispanic Society of America and the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. Peers died in December 1952 at the age of sixty-one.

Arrangement

The Peers Collection is arranged into groups of Books (catalogued separately) pamphlets, press cuttings (arranged chronologically), lecture notes and correspondence relating to Spain during the Civil War and its aftermath and letters, notes and press cuttings relating to his work on Spanish Mystics

The material is grouped in three broad sections:

  • PEERS I-VII: The Spanish mystics
  • PEERS VIII: Offprints of Peers' work on other subjects
  • PEERS IX-XXX & BII/12: Press cuttings and ephemera relating to the Spanish Civil War and later Spanish politics

Access Conditions

Access is open to bona fide researchers

Copyright / Reproduction Conditions

Reproduction and licensing rules available on request

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Peers collection was originally collected by Edgar Allison Peers and was given to the University of Liverpool Library after professor Peers death in 1952. The collection has since been added to, in 1991 Birmingham University Library offered the University of Liverpool a bound volume of press cuttings on the foundation and the early history of the Liverpool Institute of Hispanic studies dating from October 1934-1939, this was part of the library collection of Prof. Derek Lomax. The Southwark microfilm collection was bought to supplement the Spanish Civil War collections already held in the archive.

Accruals

There are no anticipated accruals

Processing Information

The collection level description was revised in 2004 by Roy Lumb, additional material (BII/12) was listed by Hayley Thomas in 2006.

Finding Aids

A hand list is available for consultation in the reading room, the book collection can be searched using the local call number SPEC Peers on the Universities on-line catalogue

Location of Originals

The originals of the material in the Southworth microfilm collection are held at the University of California at San Diego

Related Material

Collections held at the University of Liverpool Special collections and Archives.

D265 - Papers of Professor E Allison Peers

D770 - Photographs of University of Liverpool Summer School of Spanish, 3 photographs taken in San Sebastian Spain

The Ronald Fraser oral history collection held at the University of Liverpool was gathered by Ronald Fraser, the leading oral historian in the field of modern Spanish History, for his books In Hiding the life of Manuel Cortes and The Pueblo a mountain village on the Costa del Sol, which recorded first hand accounts of living in post-War Spain. It includes tapes of interviews (in Spanish with English transcripts) with Manuel Cortes, the last republican mayor of a small Spanish Village, who lived in hiding from Franco's regime for 30 years.

The Elanor Rathbone papers contain four files relating particularly to the Spanish Civil War: RP XIV.2.10-14 their contents are described in the online Archival Finding Aid for the Rathbone Papers

The Southworth microfilm collection was bought by the University of Liverpool to suppliment the Peers collection. The microfilm consists of 57 reels representing 300 pamphlets from the Southworth collection at the University of California at San Diego.

The Labour History Archive and Study Centre hold collections relating to the Spanish Civil War


Associated Material

The University of Leeds University Library, Special Collections hold the Library of E. Allison Peers received April 1953 and Ms. 737 and Ms. 583 Additional letters and papers of E. Allison Peers

Bibliography

  1. Peers, Edgar Allison edited by MacKenzie, Ann Logan and Allan, Adrian R Redbrick University Revisited The autobiography of Bruce Truscot, Liverpool University Press 1996
  2. Orssich, Paul, Homenaje al Prof. E. Allison Peers: suplemento al catálogo 43 2000
  3. Allan, Adrian, Redbrick revisited: the university of Liverpool, 1920-1952: an exhibition mounted in the Art Gallery, University of Liverpool (University of Liverpool, 1994)
  4. Lomax, Derek, `The Peers collection in Liverpool University Library' in Iberian Studies, II:1 (Spring 1973)

Control Access Headings

Subjects
Spanish Literature 20th CenturyCriticism and Interpretation
Spanish language Study and teaching
SpainHistoryCivil War,1936-1939
MysticismSpainHistory16th century
RomanticismSpain
Personal Names
Peers, Edgar Allison (1891-1952) Professor of Spanish
Truscot Bruce
Corporate Names
Liverpool UniversityFaculty of ArtsHispanic Studies
Titles
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Materials relating to E. Allison Peers's work on the Spanish Mystics (1927-1960)

Reference Peers I - VII
Physical Description 8 boxes

Arrangement

Arranged into the following sections:

  • Peers I Note slips, index cards and notes
  • Peers II Materials relating to Studies of the Spanish Mystics, vol. 3, 1960
  • Peers III Materials relating to The Complete Works of Santa Teresa of Jesus, 3 vols, 1946
  • Peers IV Materials relating to the Letters of Santa Teresa of Jesus, 1951
  • Peers V Materials relating to The Complete Works of St John of the Cross, (3 vols. 1934-35)
  • Peers VI Materials relating to the projected vol. 4 of Studies of the Spanish Mystics (not published)
  • Peers VII Materials relating to Spanish mysticism and mystics in general, and material relating to A Life of Ramón Lull , 1929

Materials relating to Studies of the Spanish Mystics 1927-1960 (1927-1960)

Reference Peers I
Physical Description 2 boxes; 29 bundles of slips.

Note slips, index cards and notes (n.d.)

Reference Peers I/1-14
Physical Description 1 box

Note slips (n.d.)

Reference Peers I/15-29
Physical Description 1 box

Scope and Content

Peers I/19 -- Peers I/29 are named bundles: M. Ágera, Antonio Arbiol, Juan de Bonilla (2), Juan Breton, Andrés Capilla, Juan de Cartagena, Juan del Espiritu Santo, Luis de Leon, Pedro Malón de Chaide


Materials relating to Studies of the Spanish Mystics, vol. 3, 1960 (n.d. pre 1960)

Reference Peers II
Physical Description 1 box; 7 items

MS notes and drafts on loose sheets from exercise books (n.d.)

Reference Peers II/1-3
Physical Description 3 files

Index draft and corrected typescript (n.d.)

Reference Peers II/4-5
Physical Description (30pp)

MS notes and typescript bibliography (n.d.)

Reference Peers II/6
Physical Description bundle

Typescripts (n.d.)

Reference Peers II/7
Physical Description bundle

Materials relating to The Complete Works of Santa Teresa of Jesus, 3 vols, 1946 (n.d. pre 1946)

Reference Peers III
Physical Description 1 bundle of slips and notebook

Index slips for bibliography (n.d.)

Reference Peers III/1
Physical Description 1 bundle of slips

Notebook Sta. T. Peculiarities of diction (n.d.)

Reference Peers III/2
Physical Description 1 notebook

Materials relating to the Letters of Santa Teresa of Jesus, 1951 (n.d. pre 1951)

Reference Peers IV
Physical Description 5 files

Press-cuttings, drafts and corrected proofs ()

Reference Peers IV/1-3
Physical Description 3 files

110 letters to Peers and some drafts/copies of his replies relating to the publication of Letters of Santa Teresa of Jesus , 1951. ()

Reference Peers IV/4
Physical Description 2 files
Language of Material Some letters in Spanish

Scope and Content

The letters are to Peers unless otherwise stated.


Letter from Alberto de la Sagrada Familia, Padre (9 June 1952)

Reference Peers IV 4 (1)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish

Letter from Aumann, Jordan, Father, O.P. (23 November 1951)

Reference Peers IV 4 (2)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter to Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. from Peers (9 January 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (3)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter from Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. (18 January 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (4)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter to Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. from Peers (22 January 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (5)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Hand written draft of letter IV/4/6


Letter to Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. from Peers. (21 January 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (6)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Typescript copy of letter IV/4/5. Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter from Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. (30 January 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (7)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to letter IV/4/6. Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter from Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. (14 February 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (8)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Further to IV/4/7. Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter from Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B. (22 February 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (9)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Further to IV/4/8. Regarding the publishing of Peer's Saint Teresa work


Letter from Brock, Teresa, Sister of St. Joseph's Convent, Dun Laoghaire (20 April 1947)

Reference Peers IV 4 (10)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Queries regarding Peer's translation of the works of Saint Teresa


Letter to Burns, Thomas Ferrier from Peers. (26 April 1951)

Reference Peers IV 4 (11)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Sent with typescript of work to publisher Burns Oates and Washbourne Ltd


Letter from Burns, Thomas Ferrier (26 October 1952)

Reference Peers IV 4 (12)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding vol.3 of The Complete Works


Letter to Burns, Thomas Ferrier from Peers (n.d.)

Reference Peers IV 4 (13)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Handwritten draft of letter


Letter to Burns, Thomas Ferrier from Peers. (28 April )

Reference Peers IV 4 (14)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Sent with fragment for insertion in the Letters


Letter from Edward, Father Prior, O.D.C. (28 September 1950)

Reference Peers IV 4 (15)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's new Carmelite work. Subjects: Denis (Fr.) Gabriel (Fr.) Silverio (Fr.)


Letter to Edward, Father Prior, O.D.C. from Peers. (3 October 1950)

Reference Peers IV 4 (16)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to IV/4/15. Regarding Peer's new Carmelite work. Subjects: Denis (Fr.) Gabriel (Fr.) Silverio (Fr.)


Letter on behalf of Otilio del Niño Jesús, Padre, O.C.D., Prior of Carmelite Convent, Burgos, Spain (6 August 1948)

Reference Peers IV 4 (17)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish

Letter from Emilio de la Sagrada Familia, Padre, O.C.D. (24 August 1948)

Reference Peers IV 4 (18)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish

Letter from Emilio de la Sagrada Familia, Padre, O.C.D. (8 September 1948)

Reference Peers IV 4 (19)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish

Letter from Emilio de la Sagrada Familia, Padre, O.C.D. (22 January 1949)

Reference Peers IV 4 (20)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish

Letter to Emilio de la Sagrada Familia, Padre, O.C.D. from Peers. (1 February 1949)

Reference Peers IV 4 (21)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Letter in Spanish. Subject: Emilio(Fr.)


Letter to Gurdon, Edmund from Peers (26 October 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (22)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work. Subject: Gurdon, Edmund


Letter from Gurdon, Edmund (6 November 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (23)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to IV/4/22. Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work


Letter to Gurdon, Edmund from Peers (23 November 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (24)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to 4/23. Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work Gurdon, Edmund


Letter from Gurdon, Edmund .11 December 1939 (11 December 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (25)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work


Letter to Gurdon, Edmund from Peers. (8 February 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (26)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's workGurdon, Edmund


Letter from Gurdon, Edmund (10 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (27)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work


Letter from Gurdon, Edmund (16 May 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (28)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work


Letter from Gurdon, Edmund (29 July 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (29)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work. Includes list of answers to queries previously posed by Peers


Letter from Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) (24 May 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (30)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work. Query concerning existing translation. Subject:Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter to Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) from Peers (2 June 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (31)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St. Teresa's work. Includes Peer's report on the proposed book and an advertisement for the French translation. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter to Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) from Peers. (7 July 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (32)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Copy of a letter sent to Denis Gwynn regarding publishing rights of Burgos edition of St. Teresa's works. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) (10 July 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (33)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Sent with the copy of Dame Beatrice's letter concerning translaton of St. Teresa's writings. Subjects:Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd. Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B.


Letter to Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) from Peers. (11 July 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (34)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Handwritten draft of letter regarding translation of St. Teresa's writings and Dame Beatrice's correspondence. Subjects: Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971)Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.Beatrice, Dame, O.S.B.


Letter from Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) (28 July 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (35)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to 4/34. Regarding Peer's translation of St.Teresa's work. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter to Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971) from Peers. (21 July 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (36)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding Peer's translation of St.Teresa's work. Subjects: Gwynn, Denis Rolleston (1893-1971)Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from Harton, Frederic Percy (1889-1958) (13 January 1947)

Reference Peers IV 4 (37)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Letter complimenting Peers on his translation of St. Teresa's work. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from Hipolito de la S. Familia, Fr (15 August 1948)

Reference Peers IV 4 (38)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Letter in Spanish. Includes letter in English from Christopher Hollis to Peers (4/38a). Subjects: Christopher Hollis Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from Hollis, Christopher (4 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (38A)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding new editor of the Dublin Review.


Letter from Christopher Hollis (18 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (39)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding new edition of St. Teresa's writings. Company refuses to publish it. Subjects: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd. Jerrold, Douglas


Letter from Douglas Jerrold (28 September 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (40)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publishing of proposed edition of Peer's St. Teresa work. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter to Jerrold, Douglas Francis (1893-1964) from Peers. (5 October 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (41)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to 4/40. Regarding the publishing of proposed edition of Peer's St. Teresa work. Subjects: Jerrold, Douglas Francis (1893-1964) Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from Jerrold, Douglas Francis (1893-1964) (9 October 1939)

Reference Peers IV 4 (42)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Reply to 4/41. Regarding the publishing of proposed edition of Peer's St. Teresa work. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from Jerrold, Douglas Francis (1893-1964) (2 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (43)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publishing of proposed edition of Peer's St. Teresa work. Subject: Burns, Oates and Washbourne Ltd.


Letter from David Knowles (10 June 1944)

Reference Peers IV 4 (44)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Comments and suggestions on Peer's translation of St. Teresa's writings


Letter from Knowles, David, Dom (1896-1974) (n.d.)

Reference Peers IV 4 (45)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Comments and suggestions on Peer's translation of St. Teresa's writings


Letter from McLachlan, Laurentia, Dame (1866-1953) (25 February 1941)

Reference Peers IV 4 (46)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Written from Stanbrook Abbey regarding Peer's proposed translation of St Teresa's work


Letter from McLachlan, Laurentia, Dame (1866-1953) (8 May 1946)

Reference Peers IV 4 (47)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Thank you note for received copy of Peer's St. Teresa translations


Letter to Clarke, William Kemp Lowther (1879-1968) from Peers. (19 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (48)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Handwitten draft of leter regarding Peer's Spanish Mystics texts


Letter from Clarke, William Kemp Lowther (1879-1968) (20 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (49)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publication of Peer's St Teresa work. Subject: Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge


Letter from Clarke, William Kemp Lowther (1879-1968) (20 April 1940)

Reference Peers IV 4 (50)
Physical Description 1 letter

Scope and Content

Regarding the publication of Peer's St Teresa work. Includes two pages of Peers's notes. Subject: Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge


Letter from Luis de San José, Padre, O.C.D. (12 February 1949)

Reference Peers IV 4 (51)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish

Letter to Luis de San José, Padre, O.C.D . from Peers (22 February 1949)

Reference Peers IV 4 (52)
Physical Description 1 letter
Language of Material Letter in Spanish