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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 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 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 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 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 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 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 the author's Preface to his newest edition of Curiosities of Literature, and a letter about the Preface to his publisher, Edward Moxon.

Contributors
Disraeli, Isaac, 1766-1848, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1834-01-01
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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 Hunt's agitation at Mrs. Guest's actions and appeals to Moxon and Hunt's request that Moxon show this note to Mr. Forster.

Contributors
Hunt, James Henry Leigh, 1784-1859, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1832-04-18
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Concerning Ingram's thanks to Walter Hamilton for his note, and his inquiry into Hamilton's travel plans to visit the Eiffel Tower.

Contributors
Ingram, John Henry, 1842-1916, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1889-07-26
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Concerning Ingram's frustration at losing a catalog and forgetting the name of a book and seller's name.

Contributors
Ingram, John Henry, 1842-1916, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1891-03-12
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Concerning Mill's recommended reading on the subject of logic, including his work An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy.

Contributors
Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1871-05-15
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Concerning Ruskin's intention of having Cruikshank create a plate for him.

Contributors
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1819/1900
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Concerning his book Anticipations, finding an illustrator for it, and the Royal Society Dinner. Also concerning a photograph of H.G. Wells.

Contributors
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1866/1901
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Concerning the sheet music and lyrics of "Oh Say Thou Best and Brightest."

Contributors
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1826-06-23
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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 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 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 a book of poetry by Queensberry's son, Alfred.

Contributors
Queensberry, John Sholto Douglas, Marquis of, 1844-1900, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1844/1900
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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