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Thomas Carlyle collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 677

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Carlyle Collection is a mixed-provenance collection of material by and about Thomas Carlyle. Material includes writings, notes, maps, and correspondence that document Carlyle's research on German history and literature and on Oliver Cromwell, among other topics. The bulk of the papers relate to Carlyle's History of Friedrich II of Prussia, called Frederick the Great and include maps, research notes, correspondence, drafts, and corrected proofs. Notes by Carlyle's assistant Joseph Neuberg (d. 1867) reveal the extent and character of Neuberg's contributions to the work. There is also a substantial amount of material related to Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches, including an annotated three-volume set of the printed work that was used to prepare a revised edition, and several folders of contributions by various correspondents. Other papers include drafts of essays and a book-length work on the history of German literature, letters to and from Carlyle about diverse aspects of his life and work, and photographs of Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle. Of particular interest are holograph drafts of Past and Present and fragments of Chartism.

Dates

  • circa 1750-1951
  • Majority of material found within 1827 - 1882

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of the collection are available on microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use

The Thomas Carlyle 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, as noted on individual folders or on the catalog cards in Folder 1. A large portion of the papers was purchased at Sotheby's (lot 199) on the A.H. Childs Fund, 1932.

Arrangement

Arrangement of the Thomas Carlyle Collection reflects the existing organization in 2009.

Extent

7.17 Linear Feet ((24 boxes) + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.carlyle

Overview

The Thomas Carlyle Collection is a mixed-provenance collection of material by and about Thomas Carlyle. Material includes writings, notes, maps, and correspondence that document Carlyle's research on German history and literature and on Oliver Cromwell, among other topics.

Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881

Thomas Carlyle, biographer, literary critic, and historian, was born December 4, 1795 in Ecclefechan, Scotland and died February 5, 1881. Among his writings are the literary biography The Life of Friedrich Schiller (1825), the novel Sartor Resartus (1833-1834), the series of lectures On Heroes, Hero-Worship & the Heroic in History (1840), and History of Friedrich II of Prussia, called Frederick the Great (1858-1865).

Processing Information

The Thomas Carlyle Collection is comprised of material formerly classed as MS Vault Shelves Carlyle, MS Vault 12:4, and Uncat MS Vault File Carlyle.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing, in 2009. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole.

The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual catalog cards for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. Information from the catalog cards was repurposed in the finding aid in accordance with current archival descriptive standards. Some catalog cards, filed in folder 1, include more detailed descriptions of individual items and/or provenance notes.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Thomas Carlyle Collection GEN MSS 677
Author
by Lisa Conathan
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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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.