John Keats collection
Papers of English poet, John Keats, collected by numerous donors. Collection includes holograph letters by Keats; drafts, fair copies, and transcripts of his poems; a copyright deed for "Endymion;" commonplace books by Richard Woodhouse; and correspondence of Keats' friends and family.
Language of Materials
Extent is approximate
Conditions Governing Access
Access to original manuscripts and letters is restricted. Readers must use the color digital facsimiles linked to this finding aid or the facsimile edition of manuscripts. Facsimiles can be found in: John Keats. Poetry Manuscripts at Harvard, edited by Jack Stillinger (Belknap Press, 1990) and in other sources noted in the finding aid.
Conditions Governing Use
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Extent25 linear feet
Collection includes letters by Keats; drafts, fair copies, and transcripts of his poems; commonplace books by Richard Woodhouse; and correspondence of Keats' friends and family.
Other Finding Aids
This finding aid has been published (with additional text) as: John Keats 1795-1995: with a Catalogue of the Harvard Keats Collection. Cambridge: The Houghton Library, 1995.
The publication of the catalogue was made possible by a grant from The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, published on the occasion of the exhibition, "John Keats and the Exaltation of Genius," 5 September-28 October 1995 and of the John Keats Bicentennial Conference 7-9 September 1995, The Houghton Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Keats collection has been acquired by Houghton Library through various accessions from numerous donors, especially Amy Lowell and Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Full accession information is recorded for each item in the finding aid.
Existence and Location of Copies
Facsimiles found in: John Keats. Poetry Manuscripts at Harvard, edited by Jack Stillinger (Belknap Press, 1990) and in other sources noted in the finding aid
Catalogue of the Harvard Keats Collection, by W.H. Bond, updated and revised by Leslie A. Morris. A few items that were part of the original Keats accessions were overlooked during the compilation of this catalogue in 1995. These items are so marked in the cataloging.
- Keats, John, 1795-1821. John Keats collection, 1814-1891: Guide. MS Keats 1-6
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