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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 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 an appeal for scholarship money for the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institution for the Training of Colored Young Men and Women.

Contributors
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1915-05-11
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Concerning a letter written from Claude Monet to George Petit.

Contributors
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
Created Date
1898-03-20
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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 Twain's revisions for "Extracts from Adam's Diary" for use in the Harper edition of his books and a letter of authenticity.

Contributors
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910, Anderson, Frederick, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1895
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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 Waterhouse's hope that Mr. Woodiwiss will let the "Belle Dame" painting be sent to Stockholm at Prince Eugene of Sweden's request.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse best Christmas wishes, his opinions about the etchings of the "Belle Dame", and his offer to help Woodiwiss with his art collection.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse's painting the "Belle Dame" having been selected for an exhibition, his thanks to Woodiwiss for the photographs he sent, Waterhouse's painting of Mrs. Newton Robinson, and his trip to Switzerland.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse's return from Switzerland, his receipt of the photographs of the "Belle Dame" painting sent to him by Woodiwiss, and his request for Woodiwiss to write to Dixon to send Waterhouse more than one print.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917