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 The project sets out to make previously unpublished manuscripts newly accessible to scholars and students.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


Mime Type
Date Range
1650 1938


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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
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Concerning a brief letter of communication about the sending of letters.

Contributors
Longfellow, Henry W. (Henry Wadsworth), 1895-1986, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1869-11-17
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Concerning Hunt's request that the recipient reply with the time in which Hunt's little boy can come pick up payment for an article Hunt wrote.

Contributors
Hunt, James Henry Leigh, 1784-1859, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1784/1859
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Concerning an invitation to the Sees to meet Principal Tulloch on his flying visit.

Contributors
Oliphant, Mrs. (Margaret), 1828-1897, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1828/1897
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Concerning the manuscript of Gosse's poem "Sunshine in March."

Contributors
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1849/1873
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Concerning the price and copyright details of Waterhouse's painting "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", who is selling it to George Woodiwiss.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning an accidental extra charge for George Woodiwiss, and Waterhouse's intentions of paying the charge.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse's request to send his painting "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" (previously sold to George Woodiwiss) to Berlin to be featured in an exhibit.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning Waterhouse's request to Woodiwiss to send the "Belle Dame" painting to Berlin for an exhibition.

Contributors
Waterhouse, John William, 1849-1917, Connelly, Mollie
Created Date
1893/1917
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Concerning the sale of Waterhouse's painting "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" to George Woodiwiss for £450 if it is not sold prior to then.

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