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Frederick Locker-Lampson Correspondence

Call Number: OSB MSS 152
Scope and Contents

The Frederick Locker-Lampson Correspondence is a collection of over 2,000 letters, accompanied by a few manuscripts and family papers, consisting primarily of letters received by Frederick Locker-Lampson. In addition to substantial quantities of letters from members of his immediate and extended families, the collection contains letters from scores of English literary figures, including F.T. Palgrave, Simeon Solomon, James Gibbs, and Richard Garnett. Some of Locker-Lampson's better-known literary friends and colleagues, Including Lord Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Austin Dobson, are represented by single letters, although there are no substantive correspondences with them.

The collection also contains correspondence pertaining to Frederick's father, Edward Hawke Locker, including letters to his wife written during his naval career, and letters from the Irish author John Wilson Croker.

Language of Materials

In English; some letters in French and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Frederick Locker-Lampson Correspondence is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. on the James Osborn and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 1993.

Ex libris Jonathan Locker-Lampson. Formerly on deposit at the East Sussex Record Office Library, United Kingdom.


The collection is arranged in the exact order in which it was received, which is the order followed by the Historical Manuscript Commission in their item-level volume and bundle list. To quote from their introduction: "The bulk of the papers listed here are mounted and bound in six large albums; the remaining (mainly later) papers are in a number of bundles. The contents of the albums were mounted by James Gibbs in an approximately chronological sequence, which has been preserved in the Contents list." With the exception of the physical re-housing of the material in boxes and folders, no further arrangement work has been done on this collection.

Researchers should note that this guide can be used only in conjunction with the List of Locker-Lampson Mss.; a copy is housed in Box 1 of this collection. A second copy has been cataloged as Osborn e18. To search for a particular correspondent or topic in that index, look in the alphabetical lists in Parts II and III of that work, note the volume, page and document (or bundle and document) numbers given in the entry, and match them to the volume/bundle and item number spans given for boxes in the listing below. Part I of the List is the item level contents list of the collection. Researchers should look through this as well to determine if there are other items of interest that were not included in the alphabetical index.

1770 - 1897
Majority of material found within 1853 - 1885
11.89 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
Related Names
Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895
Language of Materials