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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 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
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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
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Concerning the autograph of Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Palmer as John Strange Winter.

Contributors
Stannard, Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Palmer, 1856-1911, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1856/1911
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Concerning the author's arrival date and communication about some papers.

Contributors
Longfellow, Henry W. (Henry Wadsworth), 1895-1986, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1869-11-18