Alfred Lord Tennyson Papers

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Collection Overview
Creator: Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Call Number: D.233
Dates: undated.
Physical Description: 1.81 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
This collection of Tennyson letters, manuscripts, printed material, memorabilia, and portraits was assembled by Rowland L. Collins, professor of English at the University of Rochester from 1967 until his death in 1985. The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections also houses his extensive Tennyson book collection (ZZ 6062).

Selections from The Rowland L. Collins Collection of Alfred Lord Tennyson were exhibited from 12 November 1993 to 14 March 1994 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The 1993 issue of The University of Rochester Bulletin (vol. XXXXIII) served as a catalogue of the exhibition and contains a complete listing of the books and manuscripts in the Collins Collection.

A few Tennyson letters and manuscripts previously owned by the Department have been added to the Collins materials to form this manuscript collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Several of these items were presented to the Library by Robert F. Metzdorf in honor of Rowland Collins, others were purchased from a Sotheby auction (July, 1980), as well as more recent acquisitions.Access
The ALFRED LORD TENNYSON PAPERS is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], ALFRED LORD TENNYSON PAPERS, D.233, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1Correspondence
Folder 1Letters written by Alfred Tennyson, 1833-1871.
Folder 2Letters written by Alfred Tennyson, undated., 1872-1889
Folder 3Letters written by Emily Sellwood Tennyson, undated., 1852-1889
Folder 4Letters written by Hallam Tennyson, 1883-1924.
Folder 5Letters written by Charles Tennyson, 1962-1976.
Folder 6Letters written by other Tennyson family members.
Folder 7Letters written by others, 1843-1889.
Folder 8Letters written by others, undated., 1890-1910
Box 1Manuscripts by Alfred Tennyson and others
Folder 9:
["To the Vicar of Shiplake"] in AT's hand. Undated (written on June 13, 1850).
1 page.

["Suggested by reading an article in a newspaper"]., Feb. 14, 1852.
title: Examiner.
title: Examiner

["A Welcome to Alexandra"] in AT's hand. Undated (written to welcome Princess Alexandra on March 7, 1863).
1 page.

Lines from "The Coming of Arthur' in AT's hand. Undated.
2 pages. Fragment.

"Here on this terrace fifty years ago..." in AT's hand. Undated.
1 page.

Lines from "The Lover's Tale" in AT's hand. Undated.
1 page.

Lines from "The Voyage" in AT's hand. Undated.
1 page. Fragment.

"Epitaph on General Gordon--In the Gordon Boy's National Memorial Home Near Working" in AT's hand., [ca 1890].
1 page.

[Doodles in AT's hand]. "Fool, for the King" written three times; AT's signature; AT's initials twice; profile drawing of a man. Undated.
1 page.

Poem "Poetical Happiness" by F. Tennyson.
1 page.

Autograph presentation from Hallam Tennyson to Alfred Aubry Tennyson.
On detached fly-leaf of book.

Line of AT's handwriting sent to M. Heathcote by Emily Tennyson in, May, 1858.
Other manuscripts to be found with the letters and books:
Lines from "The Princess" attached to undated letter from AT to W.E. Gladstone.
date: October, 1863

Lines from "The Two Voices" attached to letter from C.B. Ker to Miss Browne, September 24, 1873.
1 page.

["The faithful bagman..."] A.Ms.S. addressed to Mrs. Greville, January 8, 1882.
title: Enoch Arden

Lines from "The Princess" in AT's hand.
In The Works of Alfred Tennyson, vol. 3 (London, 1872).

Folder 10Nine original drawings by J.E. Ollivant for an edition of The May Queen., 1856.
Bound volume.

Tennyson's Poems Set To Music (See also oversize Box 5).
Folder 11"Wellington Ode." Music by Charles Villiers Stanford. (London: Boosey & Co., )., 1907
Theatre Programs
Folder 12
"The Falcon." Founded on a story in the Decameron of Boccaccio. London, St. James's Theatre, [1879].
"Promise of May." London, The Globe Theatre, November 11, 1882.
"Promise of May." London, The Globe Theatre, [1882]
"Becket." London, Lyceum Theatre, February 6, 1893.
Souvenir program. "The Foresters." London, Daly's Theatre, October 3, 1893.
"Lancelot the Lovely, or the Idol of the King." By Richard Henry. London, Avenue Theatre, n.d.
Folder 13Check for thirty-two pounds written out and signed by AT to Thomas Sheppard, October 17, 1861; Check for ten pounds written out and signed by AT to Thomas Woolner, July 17, 1865.
Folder 14Indenture between Tennyson and John Brown for a piece of property. Signed by AT, April 5, 1841.

Folder 15Invitation to Sir John Lees, his wife, and daughters from Hallam and Lionel Tennyson to "Private Theatricals," April 25, no year.
Written in the hand of Hallam (?) Tennyson.

Folder 16Slate from the roof of Bayons Manor; wallpaper from Bayons Manor.
Bayons Manor was an estate in Lincolnshire acquired by AT's grandfather George Tennyson and renovated into a neo-Gothic castle by his uncle Charles Tennyson d'Eyncourt. AT lived at Bayon's Manor with his grandfather for some periods of 1827.

Folder 17Lock of AT's hair cut by Emily Tennyson on and given to her sister., October 16, 1859
Folder 18Order of service of AT's funeral on ; Invitation to AT's funeral; Newspaper articles regarding death and funeral of AT., October 12, 1892
Folder 19Photostats of the wills of Alfred Tennyson, Frederick Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, and Lionel Hallam Tennyson.
Folder 20Reminiscences of AT written by ?
Folder 21Pages from Francis H. Atkinson's 1893 diary.
Francis H. Atkinson writes of meeting with AT in 1862 and how AT changed a line in the poem "A Welcoming" at Atkinson's suggestion. Removed from The Princess: A Medley (London: Moxon, 1861), presented to Atkinson from Hallam and Lionel Tennyson in 1863 (ZZ6062 .P7 1861).

Folder 22Subscription form for the deluxe edition of a volume of photogravures entitled Alfred, Lord Tennyson and His Friends published in London by Unwin in 1893; Subscription form for a ceramic bust of AT by William Bristowe and produced by Frederick Rathbone, ca. 1893.
Folder 23Postcards (25), of AT's home, Farringford House and other views of the Isle of Wight, Tennyson's birthplace, and statue of Tennyson at Trinity College. Portraits Of Tennyson
Folder 24Images of Alfred Tennyson. See also oversize Box 5.F
Photograph of AT by James Mudd. ., 1857
Photograph of AT by I. Maynall, ., 1864
Carte-de-visite photograph of AT by P.E. Chappuis. No date.
Carte-de-visite photograph of AT ca. with Civil War era postage stamp on verso., 1862-66
Ogden's Gold photographic cigarette card, ., 1901
Presentation pack of 4 Royal Mail Stamps, ., 1992
Wood engravings and other reproductions; Reproductions of portraits in the National Portrait Gallery (postcards)
Box 2
Tin box for "Tennyson" cigars from Mazer Cressman Cigar Co., Inc.
Color picture of AT on the inside of the lid. 2 tins; one contains its receipt.

Audio tapes
AT reading "Charge of the Light Brigade," (stanza 3, line 5- end), "Charge of the Heavy Brigade," (stanzas 1-2), "Northern Farmer-New Style" (stanzas 5-6), "Maud," (stanza 22, lines 10-11). D.233 TENNYSON (ALFRED, LORD) PAPERS
AT reading "Charge of the Light Brigade," "Charge of the Heavy Brigade," (stanzas 1-3), "Northern Farmer," (stanzas 3-6), "Lancelot and Elaine," ("Love, are thou sweet..."), "Maud," (part 1, stanza 11).
AT reading "Charge of the Light Brigade," "Charge of the Heavy Brigade," (stanzas 1-3),
Sir Charles Tennyson talk about the Alfred Tennyson recordings.
Conversation between Sir Charles Tennyson and daughter of AT's housekeeper Annie Andrews.
Folder Typescript description of "The Tennyson Phonograph Records" by Sir Charles Tennyson (7 leaves) and published texts of the readings (10 leaves or slips).
Box 3
Folder 1Booklets, articles, and other printed ephemeral material related to AT and other members of the Tennyson family.
Folder 2Printed catalogs of the Tennyson Collection at Usher Gallery in Lincoln, England.
Folder 3Printed catalog of the literary manuscripts of AT in the Harvard College Library.
Folder 4Photostats of AT manuscripts in the Henry E. Huntington Library.
Folder 5Duplicate catalog cards for books in the Tennyson collection at the Lilly Library, Indiana University.
Folder 6Photostats of catalog cards for musical settings of AT's poems in the Library of Congress.
Folder 7Rowland L. Collins: application for the student book prize award at Princeton University including cover essay and bibliography of his Tennyson collection []., 1956
Folder 8Rowland L. Collin's list of Tennyson books and manuscripts he placed on deposit in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester Library; also letters to the Head of the Department regarding subsequent deposits.
Folder 9Photographs used in the Tennyson exhibition at Indiana University; also photographs of the exhibition and of Rowland L. Collins with Sir Charles Tennyson.
Folder 10Photographs used in the exhibition of the Rowland L. Collins's Tennyson collection at the University of Rochester Library and in The University of Rochester Library Bulletin devoted to the Collins collection (vol. XXXXIII, )., 1993
Folder 11Correspondence, notes, etc. related to Rowland L. Collins's research on AT; also correspondence with the editors of The Letters of Alfred Lord Tennyson published by the Harvard University Press.
Folder 12Proof copies for "Twenty New Poems by Tennyson, Praed, and Landor," by W.D. Paden, published in Victorian Studies ()., March, 1961
Folder 13Booklets, articles, etc. related to Thomas O. Amelia's Tennyson collection.
Folder 14Dealers' catalogs, including two copies of the Catalogue of Autograph Manuscripts by Alfred, First Lord Tennyson sold at Sotheby's on ., July 7, 1930
Box 4Rowland L. Collins's correspondence with book and manuscript dealers, catalogs, etc. related to the acquisition of his Tennyson collection.
Box 5 (oversize)Poems and images
Poems set to music
"Airy Fairy Lilian." Music by Miss M. Lindsay. (London: Robert Cocks & Co., n.d.).
"The Brook." Music by Dolores. (Cincinnati: A.C. Peters & Bro., n.d.).
"The City Child." Music by Charles V. Stanford. (London: Stainer & Bell, )., c1908
"The Charge of the Light Brigade." Music by John Blockley. (London: John Blockley, n.d.).
"Crossing the Bar." Music composed by J. Frederick Bridge. (London and New York: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d.). Composed by request for the funeral of Lord Tennyson In Westminster Abbey, Oct. 12th 1892.
"Crossing the Bar." Music by J. Frederick Bridge. Printed in a supplement to The Graphic []. Includes pictures of AT's funeral., October, 1892
"I Sometimes Hold it Half a Sin. No. 1 one of four songs from Tennyson's In Memoriam." (London: Chappell & Co., n.d.). Music by Maude Valérie White. Autographed by the composer.
"Lullaby." Music by Anthony Scott. (London: Boosey & Hawkes, )., c1976
"The Throstle." Music by Maude Valérie White. (n.p., n.d.).
Images of Alfred Tennyson
Photograph of AT by Lewis Carroll, May 1, 1861
Photograph of AT by Julia Margaret Cameron ("Dirty Monk"), 1865
Photograph of AT by Julia Margaret Cameron, June 3, 1869
Caricature of AT by "Ape" [Carlo Pellegrini] from Vanity Fair, July 22, 1871
Photograph of AT by William Barraud, 1888
Original sketch for 1897 etching of AT by William Strang
Conté crayon. Carte-de-visite photograph of AT by P.E. Chappuis. No date.

Engraving of AT after a photograph by John Jabez Edwin Mayall. No date.
Original caricature of AT by "Kyd" [Joseph Clayton Clarke]. No date.
Watercolor and ink.

Bin 8:9Drawing of AT by William Strang
Alcove 3

Bin 9:9Engraving of AT after a photograph by Mayall
Alcove 3

Box 6Embossed chromolithograph of AT. Artist, n.d.
Gift of Sarah Collins, August 13, 1982

Bin 20:5Oil painting of AT by George Frederic Watts
Alcove 3

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