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William Makepeace Thackeray collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1101

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, and drawings by or related to William Makepeace Thackeray. Correspondence includes letters written by Thackeray to colleagues such as Connop Thirlwall and William Webb Follett Synge, and letters to Thackeray from potential contributors to The Cornhill Magazine. Writings include an autograph manuscript of a chapter of The Adventures of Philip, and an autograph manuscript notebook with memoranda, drawings, and quotations from American history, used by Thackeray while writing The Virginians. Also present are sixteen sketches in watercolor and graphite by Thackeray, two groups of ink illustrations for Thackeray's writings by John Priestman Atkinson, and a portrait of Thackeray by an unidentified artist.

Dates

  • 1846-1912

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William Makepeace Thackeray Collection 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

Acquired by gift and purchase from various sources, 1944-1998.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1846-1862. II. Writings, 1853, undated. III. Drawings, 1859-1878.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.thackeray

Overview

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, and drawings by or related to William Makepeace Thackeray. Correspondence includes letters written by Thackeray to colleagues such as Connop Thirlwall and William Webb Follett Synge, and letters to Thackeray from potential conributors to Cornhill Magazine. Writings include an autograph manuscript of a chapter of The Adventures of Philip, an autograph poem parodying Goethe's Werther, and an autograph manuscript notebook with memoranda, drawings, and quotations from American history, used by Thackeray while writing The Virginians. Also present are sixteen sketches in watercolor and graphite by Thackeray, two groups of ink illustrations for Thackeray's writings by John Priestman Atkinson, and a portrait of Thackeray by an unidentified artist.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

English novelist.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscript Catalog. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained.

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat MS Vault Thackeray.
Title
Guide to the William Makepeace Thackeray Collection
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
June 1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.