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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1461

Benjamin Bailey scrapbook

Scrapbook of letters and compositions by and about Benjamin Bailey, a friend of the English poet John Keats.


  • 1817-1849

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes autograph compositions by Benjamin Bailey (including sermons,poems,essays), letters to Bailey, correspondence between various others, Bailey family miscellany, and compositions by various others. Some of the material concerns the poet John Keats.

Spine title: M.S.S. autographs, &c. Fly leaf signed: B. Bailey Colombo. 1844. Titlepage Part I: Manuscripts, Autographs, and other Papers. No.1. Collected in 1842-48-50. Titlepage Part II: Manuscripts, Autographs, and other Papers. No.2 Collected in 1842-1844. Includes autograph lists of contents of volume.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Bailey (1791?-1853) was an undergraduate at Oxford University who later became the Archdeacon of Colombo. He has been called "the best trained scholar of Keats' acquaintance." He was a friend of the English poet John Keats.


Items are arranged as bound into the scrapbook.

Physical Location

Keats Room b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-8. Manuscript deposited by Arthur Amory Houghton Jr., Wye Plantation, Queenstown, Maryland. Purchased at Sotheby's London, 1951 June 19, lot 459; received: 1951 July 20. Gift: 1970 December 7.

This scrapbook was formerly owned by Henry J.S. Bailey (d.1936).

  • For detailed description of contents of this scrapbook see: Hyder E. Rollins. "Benjamin Bailey's Scrapbook." Keats-Shelley Journal, Vol.VI, Winter, 1957, copy in Manuscript Department curatorial file.

Processing Information

Many of the notes included in this finding aid are taken from: Hyder E. Rollins. "Benjamin Bailey's Scrapbook." Keats-Shelley Journal, Vol.VI, Winter, 1957, and are marked: Rollins. Extensive details about this scrapbook can be found in this article.
Link to catalog
Bailey, Benjamin, 1791?-1853. Benjamin Bailey scrapbook, 1817-1849: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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