Spence Watson (Robert) Collection

Subject strengths: Social History, Politics

The Robert Spence Watson Collection is a collection of 500 volumes on the subject of English literature, consisting largely of the publications of literary societies such as the Shakespeare Society, the Spenser Society, the Ballad Society and the Chaucer Society, presented to the Library in 1908 by Robert Spence Watson, who was also one of the founders of the Durham College of Physical Science, and President of Armstrong College.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Spence Watson (Robert) Collection

Library Catalogue Collection Ref Code: SWL

Date Range of Material

1698 - 1900

Type of Material

The personal library of Robert Spence Watson

Size of Collection

14 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

The books within this collection are described within the Newcastle University Library Catalogue and can be ordered directly from the catalogue.

This link to the library catalogue will show a list of all the items within the collection. Please note this link is available to members of the public as well as University staff and students.

You can then place your order by linking to our request form. 

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service. 

Other Resources

For archival material relating to Robert Spence Watson, see Spence Watson-Weiss Papers.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for January 2009 and February 2011.