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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 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 Mennes' plans around Easter, business concerning Prince Rupert, and the crime of a merchant named Corke.

Contributors
Mennes, John, Sir, 1599-1671, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1663-04-17
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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 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 Isaac D'Israeli's autograph.

Contributors
Disraeli, Isaac, 1766-1848, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1766/1848
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Concerning a theater ticket to David Garrick's Shakespears Jubiliee signed by Geo. Garrick.

Contributors
Garrick, Geo., Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1769
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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 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 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
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Concerning Hunt's request that the recipient reply with the time in which Hunt's little boy can come pick up payment for an article Hunt wrote.

Contributors
Hunt, James Henry Leigh, 1784-1859, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1784/1859