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Alfred Tennyson collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 276

Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Alfred Tennyson and his family, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection. There are two series: the first series, Purchase from Colonel E. S. M. Prinsep , is organized into five subseries: Correspondence, Writings, Printed Material, Photographs, and Other Papers. Correspondence, Writings, and Other Papers are arranged by materials belonging to Alfred Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, Emily Sellwood Tennyson, Other Tennyson Family, and Other Correspondence. Writings includes annotations to Hallam Tennyson's Memoir of his father, which includes copies of letters to and from Alfred Tennyson and his wife. The second series, Additional Materials , consists of other materials acquired from various sources, and is organized into three subseries: Correspondence, Writings, and Other Papers. These subseries are arranged by materials belonging to Alfred Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, and Other Tennyson Family. Volumes contains those volumes which did not fit in the previous boxes, but which are not oversize. Oversize contains material from Series I, arranged in box order.


  • 1775-1929


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Restricted Fragile in box 15 may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.

Conditions Governing Use

The Alfred Tennyson 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

Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Type of accession (gift or purchase) and date of acquisition is noted in the box-and-folder list. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


8.2 Linear Feet ((16 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Correspondence, writings, documents, printed material, and photographs by or about Alfred Tennyson and his family. The correspondence is primarily that of Alfred Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, and Emily Sellwood Tennyson, and correspondents include such prominent writers as Charlotte Brontë, Thomas Carlyle, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Ruskin. There are miscellaneous autograph manuscript poems by Alfred as well as page and galley proofs. Also present are materials gathered for a life of Alfred Tennyson by Hallam Tennyson, annotations in the London 1906 edition of Hallam Tennyson's Memoir, by Hallam and Mary Emily Prinsep Tennyson, including extracts from printed works, Emily Sellwood Tennyson's diary, and copies of letters to, from and about Alfred Tennyson.
Other papers present include photographs, funeral programs, an autograph manuscript schedule by Edward Lear of drawings illustrating Tennyson's poems, and two pen and ink self-portraits by Alfred Tennyson.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from previously existing cards in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, it has been noted in the box-and-folder list. This finding aid will be updated periodically to account for new materials that may be added to the collection. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been added since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.

Guide to the Alfred Tennyson Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
July 1997
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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