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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 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 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 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 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 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 Scott's declining of a book he was to borrow.

Contributors
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1852-03-15