Fonds 42 - Jane Millgate fonds

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Jane Millgate fonds

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CA ON00399 42

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  • 1976-2002 (Creation)

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8.07 m of textual records
1 poster
5 microfilm reels; 35 mm

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Jane Millgate (1937-2019) was a writer and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. She was educated at the universities of Leeds and Kent at Canterbury and taught at Victoria College in the English Department at the University of Toronto from 1964-1997. From 1982-87 she was Vice-Dean of Arts and Science. She is the author of Macaulay (1973), Walter Scott: The Making of the Novelist (1984), and Scott’s Last Edition: A Study in Publishing History (1987). This last work, an examination of the creation of Scott’s magnum opus edition, was awarded the British Academy’s Crawshay Prize in 1988. In addition, she edited a volume of essays, Editing Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1978), and wrote numerous articles on American, English, and Scottish literature as well as on the History of the Book.

Professor Millgate was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1986 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1994. She served on numerous editorial boards, including Dalhousie Review, Victorian Review, the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, English Studies in Canada, and the Collected Works of Northrop Frye. She was a member of the advisory board for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels and one of the founders of the Toronto Centre for the Book. Her Union Catalogue of the Correspondence of Sir Walter Scott, comprising over 14000 records for letters from and to Scott, is published by the National Library of Scotland.

Jane Millgate died in Toronto in 2019.

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The Jane Millgate fonds contains records pertaining to her academic career and spans the years 1976 through 2002. It primarily includes correspondence, drafts, typescripts, research materials, reports and other records relating to her work on the novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott.

Fonds is comprised of the following series:
Series 1: Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels
Series 2: Siege of Malta
Series 3: Sir Walter Scott's Magnum Opus
Series 4: Royal Society of Canada
Series 5: Walter Scott; the Making of the Novelist,
Series 6: Scott's Last Edition: a Study in Publishing History
Series 7: Toronto Centre for the Book
Series 8: Macaulay
Series 9: Millgate Union Catalogue of Walter Scott Correspondence

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Records were acquired in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2012.


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Letters in the Millgate Union Catalogue of Walter Scott series that are held at the National Library of Scotland cannot be copied without permission from the National Library of Scotland. For letters held at other institutions, please contact those institutions for terms of use and reproduction.

Individual letters in the Millgate Union Catalogue of Walter Scott series cannot be quoted in total without permission of the copyright holder.

Substantial portions of letters in the Millgate Union Catalogue of Walter Scott series cannot be quoted without permission of the copyright holder(s).

Copyright for letters written by Walter Scott and held at the National Library of Scotland is held by The Trustees of the late Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott:
c/o Anderson Strathearn
1 Rutland Court
Edinburgh, Scotland

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