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Special Collections Manuscript Letters and Ephemera of Artists and Authors (1650-1921) as Selected and Transcribed by Mollie Connelly


Special Collections Manuscript Letters and Ephemera of Artists and Authors (1650-1921) as Selected and Transcribed by Mollie Connelly. This collection consists of 62 rare manuscripts found in ASU Libraries Special Collections in Hayden Library, from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Items are English, Scottish, Irish, American, French, Egyptian, and more. The collection adds to the correspondence heritage of notable authors, artists, and public figures, including William Wordsworth, H.G. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Claude Monet, and others. The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.

Literary figures included in this collection include the Pre-Raphaelites, Victorians, Romantics, and many more. Notable authors include William Wordsworth, Robert Browning, Mark Twain and others. Literary correspondence has been the driving force of this collection. Even a rare ticket from actor David Garrick's 1769 Shakespeare Jubilee can be counted among the treasures here.

Supplementing writers of literature are esteemed artists such as John William Waterhouse, Claude Monet, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Finally, culturally significant public figures are included such as Booker T. Washington, John Ruskin, and Sir Richard Burton. These manuscripts provide insight into the cultural climate of their respective time periods.

Many people should be thanked and acknowledged for their help with this collection. First, Nicholas Salerno was integral to the development and gathering of the manuscripts that make up this collection. Next, Dr. Devoney Looser and Archivist Katherine Krzys have provided tremendous guidance for this wonderful collection.


Mime Type
Date Range
1650 1938


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Concerning a letter written in rhymes about Howe's thanks for a new hood, her relief and good wishes towards Silsbee.

Contributors
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1818/1910
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Concerning a book the author sends to Gosse, and his appreciation for Gosse's work.

Contributors
Young, Filson, 1876-1938, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1876/1938
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Concerning Anne Byron's switch of an appointment with Mr Colman from tomorrow to today.

Contributors
Byron, Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, Baroness, 1792-1860, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1845-04-08
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Concerning Byron's orders concerning her personal finances and bank operations.

Contributors
Byron, Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, Baroness, 1792-1860, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1835-11-04
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Concerning Aldrich's reception of Dickinson's note, her instructions on how to obtain a photograph, and Aldrich's views on suffering and sympathy.

Contributors
Aldrich, Anne Reeve, 1866-1892, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1890-07-04
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Concerning Shorter's hope that Meadow's will accept Shorter's wife's newest book.

Contributors
Shorter, Clement King, 1857-1926, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1896/1918
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Concerning a request for Peter to visit David and go fishing with him.

Contributors
Garrick, David, 1717-1779, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1717/1779
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Concerning Dowden's apology for keeping borrowed Blake volumes too long, his return to Dublin, and his pleasure concerning other of Blake's works.

Contributors
Dowden, Edward, 1843-1913, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1885-08-11
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Concerning Field's preparation to move, his sending away of some of his children, and the sojourn of his "angel child."

Contributors
Field, Eugene, 1850-1895, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1889-04-10
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Concerning a brief letter of communication about the sending of letters.

Contributors
Longfellow, Henry W. (Henry Wadsworth), 1895-1986, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1869-11-17