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Collection of Sydney Carlyle Cockerell Materials

Identifier: COCKERELL-1


  • 1897 - 1962


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, bibliographer, art historian and museum director, was born on July 16, 1867. He married Florence Kate Kingsford (d. 1949) in 1907, and had two daughters and one son. From 1889-1892, he worked as a coal merchant before going to work as a secretary to William Morris and the Kelmscott Press, 1892-1898. Between 1900-1904, he was in a partnership with Sir Emery Walker. At the age of 70, Cockerell retired after being the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for 30 years (1908-1937). Just before and a couple years after leaving the Fitzwilliam Museum, he was the European Adviser to Felton Trustees of National Gallery of Victoria, 1936-1939. During his long career, he was Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, 1910-1916, and of Downing College, 1932-1937. He was the literary executor of William Morris, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, and Thomas Hardy. He was knighted in 1934 by the King of England. He was Hon. Litt. D. Cambridge; and Hon. Fellow of Downing College since 1937. He died on May 1, 1962.


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Custodial History

Materials acquired via gift or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Sydney Carlyle Cockerell Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.