Literary Studies

Research Source

Literary manuscripts, rare printed works, and personal papers of a range of leading literary figures, as well as unique access to a goldmine of rare and obscure literary texts and genres.

This collection provides students and scholars of British and American literature invaluable access to a rich seam of resources to support in-depth study in this field.

What collections are included in this module? 

  • Thoreau: Walden and Other Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) from the Huntington Library
  • Autobiographies from Men of All Ranks: Sources from the British Library, London
  • Gothic FictionRare Printed Works from the Sadlier-Black Collection of Gothic Fiction at the Alderman Library, University of Virginia
  • Nineteenth Century Manuscripts
  • Poetic Commonplace Books and Manuscripts of Thomas Gray, 1716-1771From PembrokeCollege, Cambridge
  • The Diaries and Papers of Elizabeth Inchbald: From the Folger Shakespeare Library and the London Library 
  • Gaskell and the BrontĂ«s: Literary Manuscripts of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) and the BrontĂ«sfrom the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
  • Hemans: The Literary Manuscripts of Felicia Hemans (1793-1835)
  • Irish Women Writers of the Romantic Era: Paper of Mary Tighe (1772-1810) and Lady Sydney Morgan (1776-1859) from the National Library of Ireland
  • Jewsbury: The Collected Writings of Geraldine Jewsbury(1812-1880)
  • Nineteenth Century Women Writers: Authors Including Matilda Betham-Edwards, Florence Marryat, Helen Mathers, Charlotte Riddell, Dora Russell, Adeline Sergeant and Emma Jane Worboise
  • Norton: The Collected Writings of Caroline Norton (1808-1877)
  • Oliphant: Series 1 - The Collected Writing of Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897)
  • Oliphant: Series 2 - The Correspondence and Literary Manuscripts of Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897) from the National Library of Scotland
  • English PoetryRecollections, Conversations and Commonplace Books of the Reverend John Mitford (1781-1859) from the British Library, London

Key Data


  • 2019

Period Covered

  • 18th and 19th centuries

Authors and Literary Figures Include

  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Robert Browning
  • George Eliot
  • Anthony Trollope
  • William Thackeray
  • Robert Southey and Caroline Bowles
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The BrontĂ«s
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Margaret Oliphant
  • Thomas Gray
  • Felicia Hemans
  • Geraldine Jewsbury
  • Mary Tighe
  • Lady Sydney Morgan
  • Elizabeth Inchbald
  • Gothic writers such as Matthew “Monk” Lewis, Ann Radcliffe, Caroline Lamb
  • Popular female fiction writers of the 19th century, including Matilda Betham-Edwards, Florence Marryat, Helen Mathers, Charlotte Riddell, Dora Russell, Adeline Sergeant and Emma Jane Worboise

Material Types

  • Personal papers
  • Diaries and journals
  • Literary manuscripts
  • Rare books
  • Business records of publishers