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Mrs. Edward S. Harkness collection of Lady Hamilton

Call Number: GEN MSS 23

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various items relating to Lady Emma Hamilton, mistress of the British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. Included are a number of bound volumes of printed and manuscript music, several letters among Lady Hamilton's family members, and reproductions of portraits of Lady Hamilton.


  • 1730-1812


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mrs. Edward S. Harkness Collection of Lady Hamilton 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

Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1931.


2.2 Linear Feet ((12 boxes) + 1 broadside folder, 1 art storage item)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


9 bound volumes of music manuscripts mainly by Italian composers; letters written by Lady Hamilton, Horatio Nelson, and Sarah Nelson; 10 reproductions of paintings and engravings of Lady Hamilton; 9 bound volumes of printed music; and Lady Hamilton's music cabinet.

Processing Information

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

Guide to the Mrs. Edward S. Harkness Collection of Lady Hamilton
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
June 1997
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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