Alfred Tennyson papers
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Extent7.5 linear feet (5 boxes and 72 volumes)
The first two groups are parts of one natural whole, while the third is completely independent. The third group has been listed according to standard Houghton Library practice; the other two a little differently. In the first two sections it is understood that all MSS. are in the autograph of Tennyson unless otherwise noted. "H. T." or "E. T." in parentheses means that the MS. is in the hand of his son, Hallam Tennyson, or his wife, Emily (Sellwood) Tennyson; Tennyson's own initials are added when he revised or otherwise participated in the MS. The few other hands are identified by name, or marked "unidentified." Readers who can make identifications or who disagree with identifications are urged to discuss the matter with the curator.
The contents of the notebooks in the first section are listed page by page. Tennyson often inverted a notebook and began another series of writings at the other end; references to these inverted pages are preceded by an asterisk. The notebooks have been foliated in the lower left corner of the rectos throughout. The paper is briefly described in the first two sections in the hope that it may help to date notebooks and fragments, and to associate loose sheets with the notebooks from which they were torn. The phrase "no watermark" is understood to mean "no recognizable watermark"; in some cases a fragment of a watermark may be seen, but not enough to identify it.
In all three sections the poems are identified by the titles used in the standard editions. Poems not found in the standard editions are listed under the titles given them by the poet; if untitled, they are listed by first lines, even if the first line is not a part of the fragment described. All poems in the three sections are represented in two indexes: the first contains all poems bearing titles, and the second is a first-line index of the remainder. Readers are also requested to inform the curator of any unidentified fragments which should be associated with a known poem.
Biographical / Historical
- I. MS Eng 952: Notebooks
- II. bMS Eng 952.1: Loose papers
- III: bMS Eng 952.2: Rawnsley papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892. Alfred Tennyson papers, 1823-1892: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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