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Archive of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), and the Edgeworth family, 17th-19th century


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The collection comprises correspondence and literary papers of Maria Edgeworth, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Michael Pakenham Edgeworth and other members of the Edgeworth family.

The literary manuscripts are holograph unless otherwise indicated. However, since much of the Edgeworths' literary and educational work was collaborative, where possible both the author and the amanuensis have been identified. For a bibliography of the works of Maria Edgeworth, see Bertha Coolidge Slade, Maria Edgeworth, 1767-1849, a bibliographical tribute(London, 1937), referred to throughout as Slade. For a biography of Maria Edgeworth, see Marilyn Butler, Maria Edgeworth - a literary biography (Oxford, 1972), referred to below as Butler; there is a family tree on p. 489.

Selections from Maria Edgeworth's correspondence have been published as Maria Edgeworth, letters from England 1813-1844, ed. Christina Colvin (Oxford, 1971), and Maria Edgeworth in France and Switzerland, ed. Christina Colvin (Oxford, 1979). A detailed calendar of Maria's letters and of selections from the family correspondence, arranged chronologically, was compiled by Mrs. Colvin and is in MS. Facs. c. 99. It has been annotated with the Bodleian shelfmarks of the individual letters.

An embroidered evening bag of Maria Edgeworth, early 19th cent., given by Lady Colvin [1998?], is Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects 743.


  • Creation: 1768-1849, 17th-19th century


12.65 Linear metres (115 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. lett. c. 696, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 696-747, d. 529-532; Eng. misc. a. 30, b. 432, c. 894-905, d. 1299-1307, e. 1459-1477, f. 859-862, g. 356; Eng. poet. c. 83, d. 255, e. 187-190; Facs. c. 98-99; Photogr. c. 6, g. 2-4.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13399


Correspondence and literary papers of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), with papers of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Michael Pakenham Edgeworth and other members of the Edgeworth family, mainly 1778-1886.

Biographical / Historical

Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849) was a prominent female Anglo-Irish novelist and educationist. Her publications include: Castle Rackrent (1800), Belinda (1801), Patronage (1814).


The Papers are arranged as follows: literary and educational papers; letters of Maria Edgeworth; correspondence and diaries of Michael Pakenham Edgeworth; correspondence of other members of the family, and miscellaneous papers.

Other Finding Aids

This index to the catalogue may be supplemented by the 'Calendar of Edgeworth Papers in the Bodleian' (MS. Facs. c. 99).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Christina Colvin, 1982-1987.

Catalogue of the archive of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), and the Edgeworth family, 17th - 19th century
Finding aid prepared by Judith Priestman, Mary Clapinson, Tim Rogers
Language of description
Script of description
Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom