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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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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 received payment for the purchase of Waterhouse's painting "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" from George Woodiwiss. Also concerning Waterhouse's correspondence with the Holman Hunts and his influenza.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse's gratefulness for Mr. Woodiwiss's congratulations and kind words concerning Waterhouse's picture.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning the removal of the "Belle Dame" painting to Dixon and sending of it to Woodiwiss. Also concerning photographing the painting, Waterhouse's intended travels, and his inability to meet Woodiwiss at Bath this year.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse's trip to Switzerland, his intentions to sign photographs of the "Belle Dame" once he returns, and his hope that the etching of the "Belle Dame" will turn out well.

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
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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 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 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 Coleridge's refusal to write something on Matthew Arnold for the recipient's series.

Contributors
Coleridge, Stephen, 1854-1936, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1888-10-02
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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