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Transcripts of Papers of John Ruskin


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Transcripts of letters and papers of John Ruskin, mainly typescript, with some manuscript notes, made for E.T. Cook and A.D.O. Wedderburn, editors of The works of Ruskin (London & New York, 1903-1912). The transcripts were made while the papers were in the possession of the Severn family at Brantwood; many of them are not included in the Works. The transcripts include:

  1. Letters to various correspondents, with copies of some letters to Ruskin, 1837-1888, n.d.
  2. Letters to Ruskin from Thomas Carlyle, 1851-1873
  3. Diaries, including copies of sketches, 1835-1885
  4. Various writings, including fragmentary drafts and notes, 1830-1888, n.d.
  5. Cuttings from newspapers, periodicals, sale catalogues etc. relating to Ruskin


  • Creation: 1819-1900


6.82 Linear metres (62 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 32, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 32-52; Eng. misc. c. 209-249

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13438


Transcripts of letters and papers of John Ruskin, 1819-1900

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edward Tyas Cook (1857-1919) and Alexander Dundas Ogilvy Wedderburn were editors of the complete works of John Ruskin. John Ruskin (1819-1900) was an author, artist and social reformer (details of Cook and Ruskin are given in the Dictionary of National Biography).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The transcripts were given to the Library by A.D.O. Wedderburn in 1936.

Transcripts of letters and papers of John Ruskin
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

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