Bannerman Papers

240 documents relating to the economist and philosopher Adam Smith, including a large number of autograph letters to and from Smith. Formerly in the possession of the Rev. Dr David Douglas Bannerman, a descendant of David Douglas, Lord Reston, Adam Smith’s heir.

The original Bannerman collection has been considerably augmented over the years by further gifts and purchases of letters and lecture notes of Adam Smith.

How to find materials from the Bannerman Collection

  • To access a list of documents in this collection, see MS Gen 1035 (click on the link 'List Collection Content' to view an entire list of items in the collection)
  • Records may also be located using the manuscripts search.
  • To search for other Adam Smith related material in other collections (for example, in the papers of W. R. Scott ): use the manuscripts document search option and type 'Adam Smith' in the Word (or Phrase) in Content search box to list all relevant items.
  • E.C. Mossner and I.S. Ross, The correspondence of Adam Smith (Oxford, 1977)