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Elizabeth Sheppard papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-94/2

Scope and Contents

The collection includes, notebooks, clippings, research notes, artworks, sheet music and letters.

The papers centre mainly on a project to edit the letters of the New Zealand painter Frances Hodgkins which Dr Sheppard began in 1975 after her retirement, but never completed. The collection also some more personal items dating from Dr Sheppard's earlier career.

The provenance of the papers is not known, except insofar as they accompanied books from her library that were presented to the University of Auckland Library.


  • 1929 - 1982


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Dr Elizabeth Annie Sheppard (1908-1991) joined the staff of the Auckland University College in 1947 and retired in 1972. She taught Old and Middle English, but to quote Professor Forrest Scott in an obituary (‘In pursuit of perfection', University of Auckland News vol. 21 no.10 p.18, Nov/Dec 1991) she took the whole of English literature (to say nothing of French, Latin or Greek) for her province – confidently, and, one might almost say, tenaciously.


1 metres (6 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers in this collection were found amoung a donation of books from Dr Sheppard's personal library in late 1993 it is unclear when the material was first received by the University.

Inventory of the papers of Elizabeth Annie Sheppard, 1929-1982.
Kay Stead
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand