Special Collections Department
John Shirley Papers
related to Thomas Harriot
Manuscript Collection Number: 343
Accessioned: Gift of John Shirley, 1988.
Extent: 22 linear feet.
Content: Typescripts, correspondence, photographs, audio-tapes, microfilm, photocopies
maps, notebooks, clippings, advertisement posters, and books.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: May 1997 by Julie Witsken.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
- Series I. Research
- Series II. Works written by Shirley on Harriot
- Series III. Seminars and Symposiums
- Series IV. Correspondence
- Series V. Harriot Manuscripts
- Series VI. Shirley: Professional, not related to Harriot
- Apendix A Books
Biographical Note Scope and Contents Note Series List
1 Series I. Research Material collected by Shirley and relating to Thomas Harriot, his contemporaries, his time and other Harriot scholars. Includes typescript and photocopied articles, other secondary sources, two dissertations written on Harriot, typed and autograph notes, two laminated posters depicting Sir Walter Raleigh and Harriot, and some photos, slides, and correspondence. Series I. 1. Shirley arrangement Shirley's original organization of material has been preserved, with files arranged alphabetically by name of source's author or, in some cases, by name of article or subject. Two notable sections include those filed under the subject headings "Harriot" and "Raleigh," which contain such information as current Harriot-related publicity and articles written by Raleigh. F1 Bibliographies F2 Bacon, Roger Appears to be photocopy of manuscript. F3 Batho, Gordon R. The Percies at Petworth, 1574-1632; The Wizard Earl in the Tower; The Finances of an Elizabethan Nobleman: Henry Percy, Ninth Earl of Northumberland F4 Bloom, Terry Fried. Borrowed Perceptions: Harriot's Maps of the Moon F5 Chapman, George. The Whole Works of Homer F6 Collingwood, E. F. A Century of the London Mathematical Society; Emile Borel F7 Comets F8 Crombie, A.C. History and Philosophy of Science at Oxford; Quantification in Medieval Physics; The Future of Biology: the History of a Program; Early Concepts of the Senses and the Mind; Physics and Astronomy; Mathematics, Music and Medical Science; Historical Commitments of Biology F9 Dee, John Copy of entry in Dictionary of National Biography F10 Dictionary of North Carolina Biography F11 Digges, Thomas. Entry from Dictionary of National Biography 1 F12 Early American Settlements F13 Emerson, Everett. Thomas Harriot, John White, and Ould Virginia F14 Glaser, Antonin. History of Binary and Other Nondecimal Numeration F15 Harriot: Alchemical experiment F16 Harriot: Bibliography F17 Harriot: Correspondence with Kepler F18 Harriot: Current publicity F19 Harriot: El Viaie Que Hizo Antonio De Espeio F20 Harriot: Memorial - Bank of England F21 Harriot: Letter from Alex Lower F22 Harriot: Miscellaneous notes F23 Harriot: Life of Sir Walter Raleigh by Oldys F24 Harriot: Oxford Archive Records F25 Harriot: Photograph from Rukeyser F26 Harriot: References One photocopy of a manuscript removed to the oversize section (Box 42). F27 Harriot: Rutters, a book of F28 Harriot: Signature of F29 Harris, J. R. Technology and Industrial Development in Britain and France to 1789 F30 Harrowfield, David L. Report to Antarctic Division, D.S.I.R. F31 Hatfield House Papers F32 Jaquot, Jean. Harriot, Hill, Warner and the New Philosophy 1 F33 Kalmar, Martin. Thomas Harriot's De Reflexione Corporum Rotundoram: An Early Solution to the Problem of Impact F34 Kinder, A. J. Sir William Lower and Thomas Harriot: A Scientific Correspondence F35 Knuth, D. E. Notes on Harriot manuscripts. F36 Korbler, Juraj. Thomas Harriot (1560-1621): Fumeur de Pipe, Victime du Cancer F37 Le Febre: Discourse 1664 F38 Lohne, Johannes. The Fair Fame of Thomas Harriot, Some Aspects of Harriot's Experimental Physics: The Accuracy of his Densities and Refractions Also German translations. F39 Manuscript editing: Report on Editing Historical Documents F40 Mee, Arthur. Carmarthenshire and Early Telescopes F41 Molana Abby: Photographs of F42 North, John D. Walter of Odington and the History of the Eighth Sphere; A Post- Copernican Equatorium; Warner, Apian, Blagrave and the Meteoroscope; Some Astronomical Themes in Chaucer F43 Pepper, Jon V. A Letter from Nathaniel Torporley to Thomas Harriot; Harriot's Manuscript on the Theory of Impacts; Harriot's Numerical Methods; Harriot's Manuscript of Shipbuilding and Rigging; The Study of Thomas Harriot's Manuscripts II: Harriot's Unpublished Papers F44 Porter, H. C. That Part of America Called Ossomocomuck, Alias Wingandacoia, Alias Virginia: 1584-1590 F45 Powell, William S. Roanoke Colonists and Explorers: An Attempt at Identification 2 F46 Quinn, David B. Observations Gathered out of "A Discourse of the Plantation of the Southern Colony in Virginia by the English, 1606." Written by that Honorable Gentleman, George Percy; Drake's Circumnavigation of the Globe: A Review; James I and the Beginnings of Empire in America; The Failure of Raleigh's American Colonies; The Munster Plantation: problems and Opportunities; Renaissance Influences in English Colonization; Ireland and Sixteenth century European Expansion; Stephen Parmenius of Buda; Notes and Documents: Thomas Harriot and the Virginia Voyages of 1602; A Contemporary List of Harriot References (with John Shirley) F47 Raleigh: Books of Stephen Powle and John Ward F48 Raleigh: Chemistry miscellaneous F49 Raleigh: Chemical notebooks F50 Raleigh: Clayis Adversarium F51 Raleigh: Letters, deeds, and documents, 1560-1621 F52 Raleigh: History, Tower of London, 1983 F53 Raleigh: In Ireland F54 Raleigh: Recipes (and cordial) F55 Raleigh: References F56 Raleigh: Sloane MS 359 F57 Raleigh: Wellcome MSS 749/13 F58 Raleigh: Will F59 Rhetoric F60 Rigaud, S. P. Letters to Sockett F61 Rigaud, S. P. Remarks on Harriot's astronomical observations F62 Rosen, Edward. John Dee and Commandino 2 F63 Scriba, Christoph. Wallis and Harriot F64 Sokol, B. J. Thomas Harriot--Sir Walter Raleigh's Tutor--On Population F65 Stevens: Letters F66 Strathmann Ernest. Raleigh Plans His Last Voyage F67 Strout, E. The Very First Maps and Drawings of the Moon F68 Tanner, R. C. H. Part I. The Ordered Regiment of the Minus Sign: Off-beat Mathematics in Harriot's Manuscripts; Thomas Harriot as Mathematician: A Legacy of Hearsay; Nathaniel Torporley's "Congestor Analyticus" and Thomas Harriot's De Triangulis Laterum Rationalium; On the role of Equity and Inequality in the History of Mathematics; Thomas Harriot (1560? - 1621); La Place de Thomas Harriot dans l'histoire de la medecine et de l'astronomie F69 Tanner, R. C. H. Part II. The Fate of Thomas Harriot's Manuscripts Copies of other drafts. F70 Taylor, E. G. R. Harriot's Instructions for Raleigh's Voyage to Guiana; The Doctrine of Nautical Triangles Compendious; from The Haven Finding Art: A History of Navigation From Odysseus to Captain Cook F71 Tooke, Christopher: Will F72 Torporley, Nathaniel F73 Torporley, Nathaniel: Sion College Manuscripts F74 Tso, S. T. The Fundamental Operations in Bead Arithmetic F75 Vitelo, Oslo F76 Wallis, John: Memorandum F77 White, George W. Thomas Harriot's Observations on American Geology in 1588 Wright, Edward: Notebooks F78 Part I F79 Part II 3 Series I. 2. Miscellaneous notes and research Several folders mainly of Shirley's handwritten and typed notes related to his Harriot research. F80 Part I F81 Part II F82 Part III F83 Part IV F84 Part V F85 Part VI F86 Part VII F87 Part VIII Series I. 3. Special sections Material related to Harriot's death and will, and astronomical research and findings. F88 Harriot's death and will F89 Astronomical-related Series I. 4. Articles written on Harriot F90 Part I One clipping removed to the oversize section (Box 42). F91 Part II F92 Part III Series I. 5. Dissertations written on Harriot Seltman, Muriel. A Commentary on the Artis Analyticae Praxis of Thomas Harriot F93 Part I F94 Part II F95 Staiger, Ralph C. Thomas Harriot, Science Pioneer Series I. 6. Notes on individuals Autograph and typed notes, photocopied articles, and transcriptions from unidentified manuscripts and sources pertaining largely to Harriot's contemporaries and collected by Shirley in a binder labeled "Notes on Individuals." F96 Part I F97 Part II Series I. 7. Photocopied oversize materials Public records, sixteenth century maps, presumedly made by Harriot, and a copy of an unidentified manuscript or record. F98 Materials removed to oversize section (Box 42). Series I. 8. Photographs Related to research, includes photographs of maps, sixteenth century illustrations, and what appear to be manuscripts. F99 Part I F100 Part II Series I. 9. Thomas Harriot Editorial Board Files pertaining to the Thomas Harriot Editorial Board, of which Shirley was the American chairman. Contains correspondence with other members, Board stationery, an outline of Board procedures and regulations, Board minutes, and drafts of members' works. F101 Part I F102 Part II Series I. 10. Advertisements Two laminated tobacco ad posters depicting Harriot, his patron Sir Walter Raleigh, and governor of Virginia Ralph Lane. F103 Advertisements One poster removed to the oversize section (Box 42). 4 Series II. Works written by Shirley on Harriot Both published and unpublished works written by Shirley and relating to Harriot. Includes notes; drafts; typescripts; carbon copies; galley and page proofs; tear sheets and photocopied versions of published works; and correspondence regarding the works and their publication. The bulk of the series consists of material related to Thomas Harriot: A Biography (1983) and The Teaching of Science in Renaissance England, which was unpublished. Also includes one speech. Series II. 1 Drafts of articles Typescripts and copies of articles, many with autograph corrections. Also includes one speech. Notes relating to works are also included. F104 "Three Magi" "Harriot's Lunar Observations" F105 Part I F106 Part II F107 "George Percy at Jamestown" F108 "Raleigh's Guiana Finances" Miscellaneous F109 Part I F110 Part II F111 Part III Series II. 2. Copies of published articles Also includes notes, drafts, and correspondence. F112 "Giant Without Portfolio" Proposal soliciting financial assistance for the editing of Harriot's unpublished mathematical and scientific manuscripts. F113 "A Contemporary List of Harriot Resources" Co-authored with David B. Quinn. F114 "Thomas Harriot (1560-1621)" Feature article prepared for London Times Literary Supplement, which Shirley co- authored with Alistair C. Crombie, Jon V. Pepper, David B. Quinn, and Rosalind C.H. Tanner. Copies of the TLS removed to the oversize section (Box 42). F115 Miscellaneous 4 Series II. 3. Source Materials for the Study of Thomas Harriot F116 Typescript F117 Notes and correspondence Series II. 4. The Teaching of Science in Renaissance England Typescript and carbon copies of the unpublished work. Also contains drafts and notes related to individual chapters, and correspondence regarding work. Many drafts have autograph notations and corrections. Typescript F118 Part I F119 Part II F120 Part III Complete carbon copy F121 Part I F122 Part II 5 Typescript with autograph corrections F123 Part I F124 Part II F125 Preface and Table of Contents Chapter 1: The Mind of the Renaissance F126 Part I F127 Part II Chapter 2: The Tudor Schools F128 Part I F129 Part II Chapter 3: Arithmetic F130 Part I F131 Part II F132 Chapter 4: Geometry F133 Chapter 5: Music F134 Chapter 6: Astronomy 5 Series II. Works by Shirley on Harriot Series II. 5. Thomas Harriot: A Biography (1983) Typescript, page proofs with autograph corrections, drafts of chapters, and notes pertaining to those chapters. Chapters are numbered according to final arrangement in published biography. Also includes correspondence, primarily with Oxford University Press, regarding publication matters. Typescript F135 Preliminary pages - Chapter III F136 Chapters IV - V F137 Chapters VI - IX F138 Chapters X - XI Page proofs F139 Part I F140 Part II 6 F141 Chapter 1: Harriot in History Chapter 2: Harriot at Oxford, 1560-1580 F142 Part I F143 Part II F144 Part III F145 Chapter 3: Harriot with Raleigh: 1580-1585 Chapter 4: New Horizons, 1585-1590 F146 Part I F147 Part II F148 Chapter 6: The 1590's: Harriot Expands his Interests F149 Chapter 7: From the Court to the Tower- Raleigh F150 Chapter 8: From the Court to the Tower- Northumberland Chapter 9: The Northumberland Circle F151 Part I F152 Part II F153 Chapter 11: The Bitter End Correspondence regarding biography F154 Part I F155 Part II6 Series III. Seminars and Symposiums Material related to seminars and symposiums on Harriot and other related conferences. Deals largely with the Thomas Harriot Symposium held at the University of Delaware in 1971. Also includes publications resulting from the seminars. Series III. 1. Thomas Harriot Symposium at University of Delaware, 1971 Includes correspondence, budget outlines, evaluation forms, photos, audio tapes, drafts of speeches, programs and other souvenir items for the symposium. F156 Correspondence F157 Accounting Budget outlines, National Endowment for the Humanities grant application and information, and other accounting information. F158 Evaluation forms F159 Audio tapes Recording of symposium on three reel-to-reel tapes. F160 Miscellaneous Photographs, name tags, brochures, and copy of Shirley's speech given at symposium. 7 Series III. 2. Thomas Harriot: Renaissance Scientist (1974) Contains material pertaining to Thomas Harriot: Renaissance Scientist (1974), a collection of essays based upon the 1971 University of Delaware symposium and edited by Shirley. Folders of individual essays also include authors' notes, correspondence, corrected galley proofs, and other matter. Essays are arranged alphabetically by author. F161 Page proof With autograph corrections. Galley proofs with autograph corrections and a photocopy of the index F162 Part I Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F163 Part II Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F164 Jacquot, Jean. "Harriot, Hill, and Warner" Galley proofs removed to the galley section. 7 F165 Maddison, Frances. "Refracting Telescope" F166 North, John. "Harriot and Sunspots" Galley proofs removed to the galley section. Pepper, Jon V. "Mathematical Navigation" F167 Part I F168 Part II Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F169 Quinn, David B. "Harriot and the New World" Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F170 Rosen, Edward. "Harriot's Science" Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F171 Shirley, John. "Raleigh and Harriot" Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F172 Tanner, R. C. H. "Henry Stevens and Harriot" Galley proofs removed to the galley section. F173 Index F174 Listing of Harriot and Raleigh references F175 Listing of photocopies and reprints F176 Correspondence With Oxford and Clarendon University Presses regarding publication matters. F177 Accounting information Royalty payment forms, offprint requests, etc. F178 Reviews of Thomas Harriot: Renaissance Scientist Galley proofs removed to the galley section. 8 Series III. 3. Science and Arts in the Renaissance Symposium at the Folger Institute, 1978 Correspondence and planning documents F179 Part I F180 Part II F181 Miscellaneous Drafts of Shirley's symposium speech, notes, and symposium and Folger Institute brochures. Series III. 4. Science and the Arts in the Renaissance (1985) Material related to the collection of essays published from the 1978 Folger symposium, edited by Shirley and F. David Hoeniger. Includes drafts of and notes related to each chapter, which are arranged by their order in the publication. Folders also contain drafts of other works by the same authors. F182 Introduction F183 Crombie, Alistair C. "Science and the Arts in the Renaissance: The Search for Truth and Certainty, Old and New" F184 Bylebyl, Jerome L. "Medicine, Philosophy, and Humanism in Renaissance Italy" F185 Rattansi, P. M. "Art and Science: The Paracelsian Vision" F186 Palisca, Claude V. "The Science of Sound and Musical Practice" F187 Shirley, John W. "Science and Navigation in Renaissance England" F188 Ackerman, James. "The Involvement of Artists in Renaissance Science" F189 Hoeniger, F. David. "How Plants and Animals Were Studied in the Mid- Sixteenth Century" F190 Ritterbush, Philip C. "The Organism as Symbol: An Innovation in Art" F191 Edgerton, Samuel Y., Jr. "The Renaissance Development of the Scientific Illustration" F192 Mahoney, Michael S. "Diagrams and Dymanics: Mathematical Perspectives on Edgerton's Thesis" F193 Streuver, Nancy Series III. 5. Annual Thomas Harriot Seminar in England, 1967-1984 Contains notes, drafts and copies of speeches and articles, brochures, and other seminar-related material. F194 1967 F195 1968 F196 1969 F197 1970 F198 1971 F199 1972 F200 1973 F201 1974 F202 1976 F203 1977 F204 1978 F205 1979 F206 1980 F207 1981 F208 1983 F209 1984 F210 1985 Series III. 6. Other Harriot-related conferences, 1978-1987 Items similar to that contained in folders of other seminar material. F211 St. Lawrence University Convocation, 1978 F212 Oxford History of Science Seminar, 1979 Tekniska Museet: Biennial Symposia in the History of Technology, 1979 F213 Part I F214 Part II F215 International Sir Walter Raleigh Conference, 1987 9 Series IV. Correspondence Professional correspondence largely relating to Shirley's Harriot research. Shirley's original organization of the material has been preserved, with correspondence arranged alphabetically by personal name. Also contains enclosures such as brochures, articles, photos, copies, etc., and a file of chronologically arranged carbons of outgoing letters. Chronological F216 Part I, 1979-1973 F217 Part II, 1973-1968 F218 Miscellaneous, 1968-1987 F219 A F220 B F221 Bittner, William F222 British Museum F223 C F224 Clarendon Press F225 Crombie, Alistair F226 D F227 E F228 F F229 G H F230 Part I F231 Part II F232 I F233 J F234 Jaquot, Jean F235 Joyce, William 9 F236 K F237 Kelliher, H. F238 Kinney, A. F239 L F240 Lloyd, Megan F241 M F242 Macmillan F243 N F244 Niels Bohr Library F245 North, John F246 O F247 P, Q 10 F248 Pepper, Jon F249 Quinn, D. B. F250 R F251 Rank Zerox F252 Reich, Karen F253 Rosen, Edward F254 Rukeyser, Muriel F255 S F256 Sherborne, Dorset F257 T 10 Tanner, Cecily F258 Part I F259 Part II F260 U, V F261 W F262 X,Y, Z Series V. Harriot manuscripts Copies of all known Harriot manuscripts, produced from originals or microfilm at the British Museum, Petworth House and several other private British archival collections. Manuscripts are represented in several forms: bound copies, loose copies, microfilm, and photographs and slides. Also present are photocopies, slides, and photographs of miscellaneous manuscripts. Ten binders containing detailed information about the manuscripts complete the series, along with an additional five binders entitled "Chronology." Manuscripts are arranged by owner of the original. Series V. 1. Manuscript photocopies Boxes 11-35 are shelved in the oversize section. 11 British Museum ADD'L 6782, bound 12 British Museum ADD'L 6782, loose 13 British Museum ADD'L 6783, bound 14 British Museum ADD'L 6783, loose 15 British Museum ADD'L 6784, bound 16 British Museum ADD'L 6784, loose 17 British Museum ADD'L 6785, bound 18 British Museum ADD'L 6785, loose 19 British Museum ADD'L 6786, bound 20 British Museum ADD'L 6786, loose 21 British Museum ADD'L 6787, bound 22 British Museum ADD'L 6787, loose 23 British Museum ADD'L 6788, bound 24 British Museum ADD'L 6788, loose 25 British Museum ADD'L 6789, bound 26 British Museum ADD'L 6789, loose 27 Harley 6001 and 6002, bound and loose 28 Harley 6083, bound 29 Harley 6083, loose 30 Riguad 35 and 50, bound and loose 31 Petworth, bound 32 Petworth, loose I 33 Petworth, loose II 34 West Sussex Records Office, bound 35 F263 Unidentified miscellaneous manuscripts Some items removed to oversize section (Box 42). Series V. 2. Microfilm 36 Positive film Includes British Museum 6782-6789, Harley 6001-6003, Petworth, British Museum Birch 4394-4396, and various individually-titled manuscripts. 37 Negative duplications Includes British Museum 6782-6789, Harley, Bodleian, Petworth, and West Sussex Records Office. 10 Series V. 3. Photographs and slides F264 Slides of Harriot's observations of the moon, 1610-1612 F265 Slides of Harriot's lecture on navigation, 1595 F266 Slides of Molana Abbey F267 Miscellaneous slides F268 Photographs Series V. 4. Binders Binders have been numbered and are labeled B1 through B15. 10 B1 Index to manuscripts B2 Dates on manuscripts 38 B3 British Museum manuscripts, notes B4 British Museum manuscripts, transcriptions of letters B5 British Museum manuscripts, decipherment notes B6 British Museum manuscripts, notes on ADD'L MS 4394 B7 Petworth House manuscripts, I B8 Petworth House manuscripts, II 39 B9 Syon House manuscripts, notes B10 Syon House manuscripts, transcriptions B11 Chronology 1560-1595 B12 Chronology 1596-1601 40 B13 Chronology 1602-1609 B14 Chronology 1610-1612 B15 Chronology 1613-1621 B16 Chronology notes 41 Series VI. Shirley: Professional, not related to Harriot Materials relating to Shirley's years in academia as professor, provost, and acting President. Also contains personal information regarding Shirley's receipt of a John Simons Guggenheim Fellowship. Series VI. 1. Writings F269 Doctoral thesis: The Parasite, the Glutton, and the Hungry Knave in English Drama to 1625 Also contains written examinations. F270 Writings in English literature Drafts of articles. F271 An Ambassador Writes Home Also includes correspondence. F272 Writings in Physics Published articles. Series VI. 2. Speeches Typescripts and drafts of speeches, mostly on the topic of education, delivered as keynote addresses, commencement speeches, etc. Speeches given while dean of the faculty at North Carolina State College F273 Part I F274 Part II F275 Part III Speeches given while at the University of Delaware F276 Part I F277 Part II 41 Series VI. 3. Education-related F278 Commission on Tests F279 National Foreign Policy Conference for Leaders in Higher Education, 1972 Includes conference materials such as pamphlets, registration information, etc. Series VI. 4. Guggenheim Fellowship F280 Application and correspondence F281 Correspondence Plans for working in England F282 Part I F283 Part II F284 Library regulations and tickets From the British libraries where Shirley conducted his research. Series VI. 5. Personal F285 Articles by friends Published articles written by Shirley's friends in academia. Most works are autographed by author. F286 Stationery Letterhead of the English Speaking Union and H. Fletcher Brown Professor at the University of Delaware. Also includes Shirley's business cards. F287 Miscellaneous photographs 42 Oversize material from the collection
Appendix A - Books The following books have been removed and cataloged for Special Collections' printed collection. H. Rodney Sharp Sr.: An Appreciation. Newark, DE: University of Delaware, 1980. Laid in is a presentation letter from President E. A. Trabant to Shirley. (Spec LD 1482.65 S53 W66 1980) Harriot, Thomas. Narrative of the First English Plantation of Virginia. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1893. (Spec F 229 .H275x 1893) Rigaud, S. P. Supplement to Dr. Bradley's Miscellaneous Works: with an account of Harriot's Historical Papers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1833. Inscribed by the author. (Spec QB 3 .B82 1833) Rukeyser, Muriel. The Traces of Thomas Harriot. New York: Random House, 1971. Presentation inscription to Shirley from the author. (Spec DA 86.22 .H27 R8 1971) Treasure Island: A gala dinner and auction. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Library Associates, 1985. Shirley's copy of the catalog with his bidding cards laid in. (Spec Z 999 .T74x 1985) *For copies of the newsletter Harrioteer, which is devoted to scholarship related to Thomas Harriot, ask the Manuscript Librarian.
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