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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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.


Date Range
1650 1938


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Concerning Hunt's gratefulness for the addressee's generosity and other minor pieces of communication.

Contributors
Hunt, James Henry Leigh, 1784-1859, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1774/1859
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Concerning an invitation to the Sees to meet Principal Tulloch on his flying visit.

Contributors
Oliphant, Mrs. (Margaret), 1828-1897, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1828/1897
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Concerning Arnold's request for financial help from the Literary Fund for a talented young poet, who has submitted a petition.

Contributors
Arnold, Matthew, 1822-1888, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1822/1888
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Concerning Fanshawe's details of his recent voyage after three years, his safe arrival in Madrid, his voyage with his captain, and the sending of a packet.

Contributors
Fanshawe, Richard, 1608-1666, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1650-04-17
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Concerning Browning's change of plans on meeting with Lady Augusta.

Contributors
Browning, Robert Wiedemann Barrett, 1849-1912, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1866-02-06
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Concerning Coleridge's refusal to write something on Matthew Arnold for the recipient's series.

Contributors
Coleridge, Stephen, 1854-1936, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1888-10-02
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Concerning Scotts notes and opinions of O'Shaughnessy's works including "Music and Moonlight."

Contributors
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1874-04-07
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Concerning Scott's thanks, his writings about his own works, and a manuscript of "The Nightingale Unheard."

Contributors
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1811/1890
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Concerning Scott's declining of a book he was to borrow.

Contributors
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1852-03-15
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Concerning Byron's sending of the rent money and other financial dealings with his servant, Daws.

Contributors
Byron, William Byron, Baron, 1722-1798, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1780-09-27