Prick of Conscience
The series Prick of Conscience contains correspondence 1972-1982, arranged from earliest to latest between Lewis and Angus McIntosh, of the University of Edinburgh, primarily about the preparation of their book, A Descriptive Guide to the Manuscripts of the Prick of Conscience (1982) as well as correspondence with Derek Britton (also of the University of Edinburgh), another researcher on various aspects of the Prick of Conscience, between 1974 and 1980, and occasional other scholars and librarians. Also included are reviews of Lewis and McIntosh's Descriptive Guide.
The remainder of the series is devoted to various aspects of the poem: its manuscripts (both on groups of manuscripts and on individual manuscripts, chiefly of the main version); its other versions (the interpolated variants of the main version, the southern recension, and the revised and abbreviated Speculum Huius Vite); its sources (both in general and specifically for each of four books out of seven, with an emphasis on Book I, which Lewis had spent most of his time on); the authorship of the poem; its popularity and audience; and its influence (both in general and specifically in the short poem "Stimulus Consciencie Minor"), with an additional file on the manuscripts of the latter poem in preparation for an edition, on which Lewis was working.
In all of the files on aspects of the poem, the organization adheres to the following pattern: general statement(s), if any, on the subject in question; specific correspondence, if any, about the subject, in chronological order; printed articles, if any, on the subject; and notes (chiefly handwritten) on the subject, in no particular order.
The remainder of the series contains photocopies of manuscripts of the Prick of Conscience, in alphabetical order by the city and library in which they are housed, and they are followed by Lewis's collation sheets for selected lines of the main version, which he used to determine relationships among and between manuscripts.