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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 263

Letters sent to Maria Buchanan by and concerning Lola Montez


Letters by and concerning Irish dancer, actress, lecturer, writer, and political activist Lola Montez addressed to her friend Maria Buchanan.


  • Creation: 1828-1862

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.16 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes two letters from Lola Montez to Buchanan, one letter from Ludwig I, King of Bavaria, to Buchanan concerning the death of Montez, one letter from Stephen H. Tyng to Buchanan, and a cut signature of U.S. Congressional minister Henry Ward Beecher, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Irish dancer, actress, lecturer, writer, and political activist, Lola Montez was also known as Marie Dolores Eliza (or Elisa) Rosanna Gilbert, Maria Dolores Parris Montez, and Comtesse de Landsfeld. Maria Buchanan was her friend.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-164. Purchased with the F. E. Chase fund from Elkin Mathews (Percy Muir); received: 1945 January 30.

Buchanan, Maria, recipient. Letters sent to Maria Buchanan by and concerning Lola Montez, 1828-1862: Guide.
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