Edwin Morgan Papers

Edwin Morgan Papers

Papers of the renowned Scottish poet Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) including biographical material, drafts of poems (1936- c 2000), translations, general correspondence (1946-2000), correspondence relating to poetry readings (1973-1999) and Carcanet press (1971-1999), material relating to reviews, essays and talks (1970-1994), radio and television (1986-1998) and theatre (1980-2000).

Over 900 holograph poems and 16 scrapbooks were purchased from the poet in 1981 with financial assistance from the Scottish Arts Council. He subsequently donated several thousand additional papers to the Library.

Morgan studied and taught at the university, graduating in English Language and Literature and eventually becoming titular Professor of English from 1975 to 1980. He was Poet Laureate for Glasgow, 1999 to 2005. In February 2004 he was appointed as the first "Scots Makar" or National Poet, by Scotland's First Minister.

How to find material in the Edwin Morgan papers

  • For an overview of the collection see MS MorganCataloguing is in progress; contact Special Collections in advance for advice on access.
  • Edwin Morgan's scrapbooks: our virtual exhibition discusses their origins and purpose. You can also read a detailed commentary on selected pages (via flickr).
  • Many of Morgan's publications can be found in our Scottish Poetry collection

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