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Richard Brinsley Sheridan collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 284

Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Richard Brinsley Sheridan, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection. Materials incorporated into the collection prior to July 1997 have been organized into three series: Correspondence, Writings, and Other Papers.


  • 1769-1814




Physical Description

Other Storage Formats: 9 volumes

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Richard Brinsley Sheridan 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.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The collection contains letters by, to and concerning Sheridan, including letters by Sheridan to Robert Barclay, the Duke of Bedford, and Samuel Whitehead; and writings by Sheridan, including four manuscript copies of the School for Scandal, one with annotations and corrections in Sheridan's hand; a holograph draft of a comic opera, The Foresters; and notes for Affectation, a projected comedy.

Physical Description

Other Storage Formats: 9 volumes

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 Richard Brinsley Sheridan Collection
by Beinecke Staff
July 1997
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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