British and Irish Culture Collections

Houghton Library’s collections of 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish literature contain the papers of many writers and artists, with strong holdings on the Romantics.
The Comforters by Muriel Spark, from the library of John Updike, with his manuscript annotations throughout.​
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Houghton Library’s collections of 19th-century British and Irish literature contain the papers of many writers and artists, with strong holdings of the Romantics. The collections feature:

A handwritten page from "Scenes on the great bridge By the Genius C.B." One of several miniature manuscripts made by Charlotte and Branwell Brontë in the collection.
"Scenes on the great bridge By the Genius C.B." Autograph manuscript, 1829. One of several miniature manuscripts made by Charlotte and Branw
"Scenes on the great bridge By the Genius C.B." Autograph manuscript, 1829. One of several miniature manuscripts made by Charlotte and Branwell Brontë in the collection.
  • John Keats and his circle
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Mary Shelley
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • William Wordsworth
  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Robert Browning
  • Charles Dodgson
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Andrew Lang
  • Edward Lear
  • Walter Pater
  • Sir William Rothenstein
  • Algernon Swinburne
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Francis James Child’s papers on English and Scottish ballads
A drawing of Alice by John Tenniel, circa 1864
John Tenniel, study for "Alice's evidence." Graphite highlighted with ink and Chinese white on paper, circa 1864.
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Houghton’s collections also include the papers of several 20th-century British and Irish writers and artist, including W.H. Auden, Max Beerbohm, James Joyce, John Masefield, George Moore, Dorothy Sayers, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, and William Butler Yeats.

Books in parts, broadsides (particularly of poetry and ballads), and important association copies are also in the collection.

In all cases, collections of papers are complimented by in-depth collections of these authors’ printed works. For some authors, such as Charles Dickens, emphasis has been placed on their printed books.

Accessing These Materials

Information about items in this collection can be found via HOLLIS.

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