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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 a letter to the author's mother about his relief at having a book in good hands and his happiness that Mr. Douglas has written to her.

Contributors
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1894-11-11
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Concerning: Howell's views on the presidential race of 1876, his writings on Rutherford B. Hayes, and his own book recently published.

Contributors
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1876-09-26
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Concerning the publication of Wordsworth's Poem without expense, his works the Excursion and the White Doe, and Mr. Montgomery's praise.

Contributors
Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1815
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Concerning a list of several manors and their histories, complied by Thomas Gray.

Contributors
Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1716/1771
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Concerning the manuscript for "John Keats".

Contributors
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1828/1882
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Concerning the first stanza of the author's poem "Remembrance."

Contributors
Southey, Robert, 1774-1843, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1774/1843
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Concerning the manuscript of Gosse's poem "Sunshine in March."

Contributors
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1849/1873
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Concerning a monument of Dr. Drury, former Head Master of Harrow School, Lord Byron, and Sir Robert Peel.

Contributors
Goshawk, Harrow., Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1870-01-18
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Concerning a black and white photograph of author Christopher Morely's home.

Contributors
Neil, C.E., Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1921-02-12
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Concerning a postcard from Burton explaining his summer plans to his publishers.

Contributors
Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1880-02-05