Skip to main content

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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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


thumbnail image

Concerning a letter written from Claude Monet to George Petit.

Contributors
Monet, Claude, 1840-1926
Created Date
1898-03-20
thumbnail image

Concerning Scott's thanks, his writings about his own works, and a manuscript of "The Nightingale Unheard."

Contributors
Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1811/1890
thumbnail image

Concerning Dowden's apology for keeping borrowed Blake volumes too long, his return to Dublin, and his pleasure concerning other of Blake's works.

Contributors
Dowden, Edward, 1843-1913, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1885-08-11
thumbnail image

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
thumbnail image

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
thumbnail image

Concerning the manuscript for "John Keats".

Contributors
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1828/1882
thumbnail image

Concerning a Reader's Ticket of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Contributors
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1828/1882
thumbnail image

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
thumbnail image

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
thumbnail image

Concerning a request for Peter to visit David and go fishing with him.

Contributors
Garrick, David, 1717-1779, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1717/1779