John Richard Green Collection

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John Richard Green

UCD Library Special Collections holds the collection of John Richard Green.

The Collection

This is a collection of mid to late 19th century books, mostly relating to English history. It includes the Acta Sanctorum series. Presently, there are circa 150 books identified as having John Richard Green’s bookplate but we are continuing to find more as work on the collection continues. They are held within the SC Store collection.

Biographical History

John Richard Green was born in Oxford in 1837. He was an Anglican clergyman and librarian at Lambeth palace. While in Lambeth he spent much of his time writing. His most famous work A Short History of the English People published in 1874, was a social and cultural history and was very successful commercially. He was a Liberal sympathiser and a proponent of Irish Home Rule. He married Irishwoman Alice Stopford Green in 1877. He died in 1883. It is through his wife Alice, who later became a senator in the Irish Free State, that Green’s books came to UCD.

For more information please see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access and Use

The collections can be consulted by the students and staff of UCD, and by external users, in the Special Collections Reading Room.

More Information

Donated by Senator Alice Stopford Green in the 1920s.

Find material in the collection:
  • Use The Library Catalogue  to key in John Richard Green
  • When you get a results screen select Special Collections from Location option in the left panel