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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 265-265.6

Robert Southey collection


Letters and autograph manuscripts of English poet Robert Southey.


  • Creation: 1792-1835

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.


1 linear feet (9 volumes, 1 box)

Contains letters written by Southey to various correspondents and autograph manuscripts of his poetry and other works. The letters pertain mostly to literary matters. The manuscripts include the first draft of Joan of Arc, a version of The Curse of Kehana, and Pelayo. Other items include his commonplace books and a notebook with poems.

Biographical / Historical

Southey was an English author and Poet Laureate of England from 1813 to 1843.


Arranged in call number order.

Physical Location

f, b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times. See items for full accession information.

Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. Robert Southey collection, 1792-1835: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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