Louis Arthur Holman collection of Keats iconography and related papers
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18 linear feet (39 boxes)
The first series is: I. Louis Arthur Holman Collection of Keats Iconography. Holman mounted the bulk of his iconography collection onto album-like sheets; he either pasted or attached items with mounting corners onto scrapbook-type loose pages. Most sheets include autograph manuscript comments by Holman (serving as labels), which have been transcribed into this finding aid and placed within "quotation marks." Also included on these album-like sheets is text from Keats' letters that Holman cut from printed sources, along with clippings of articles on Keats from newspapers, books, and journals. The images collected by Holman are in the form of drawings, engravings, etchings, maps, photographs, photomechanical prints, picture postcards, souvenir albums, a few negatives and photostats, etc...; some prints are colored. Also included are images collected by Holman that were not mounted on album-like pages. These items have been grouped in the repository into the sub-series: "Images found loose." Some, but not all, of this sub-series duplicates the primary images from the scrapbook sheets. A few items were added to the collection after Holman's death, both by Holman's son and by Curators of the Houghton Library's Keats Room.
The second series, "II. Papers related to the Holman Collection of Keats Iconography", includes: correspondence with Louis Arthur Holman concerning his research on Keats and his pursuit of images from dealers and libraries, as well as transcripts of Keats era letters from other collections, and some third-party correspondence; notes and lists that Holman assembled during his collecting; miscellaneous autograph manuscript writings by Holman and others; and Keats-related printed materials including clippings and pamphlets. Some materials concern Sir Sidney Colvin's John Keats: his life and poetry..., 1917, Fred Holland Day, Maurice Buxton Forman, Arthur A. Houghton, Amy Lowell, and many others.
Biographical / Historical
Holman became an expert on the "life of Keats and the persons, places, things connected with Keats." He began his studies of the poet John Keats around 1908. He described his collection as a "poor man's for no item in it has cost more than five dollars." He went on to describe his collection as "about 500 pieces - contemporaneous Portraits of Keats, his family, teachers, friends, critics, enemies, Places having relation to Keats, facsimile[s] of Mss, pictures & sculpture which influenced his poetry, first printings of his poems, cut from periodicals of his day, etc..."
- Who was who in America, Volume I, 1897-1942. Chicago: A. N. Marquis Co., 1943.
- Hyder Edward Rollins. "Louis Arthur Holman and Keats." Harvard Library Bulletin, Volume IV, Number 3, Autumn 1950.
- Hyder Edward Rollins. Keats and the Bostonians. Amy Lowell, Louise Imogen Guiney, Louis Arthur Holman, Fred Holland Day. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1951.
- Finding aid for the Louis A. Holman Papers and Holman's Print Shop Records. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Louis Arthur Holman Collection of Keats Iconography
- ___A. Artistic and medical
- ___B. Burford Bridge, Leatherhead, Bedhampton and Stanstead, Winchester and St. Cross, Chichester
- ___C. Dover, Hastings, Margate, Canterbury, Oxford, Stratford
- ___D. Dramatic and sports
- ___E. First printings — Poems (facsimiles), Marginal notes (facsimiles)
- ___F. Hampstead, Kentish Town, Edmonton, Walthamstow, Enfield
- ___G. Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Devonshire, Southampton
- ___H. Letters in facsimile
- ___I. London
- ___J. Miscellaneous and odds and ends
- ___K. Northern walking tour
- ___L. Portraits of John Keats and his family
- ______1. Images of John Keats
- ______2. Images of the Keats family
- ___M. Portraits, chiefly literary
- ___N. Voyage to Italy
- ___O. Images (loose)
- ______1. Portrait images (loose)
- ______2. Other images (loose)
- II. Papers related to the Holman Collection of Keats Iconography
- ___A. Correspondence by name
- ___B. Correspondence by topic
- ___C. Compositions, notes, and notebooks concerning John Keats
- ___D. Clippings, notes, and subject files concerning John Keats
- ___E. Printed materials concerning John Keats
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Recataloged from: bMS Am 800.48. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr.; received: 1940 June 26. [Formerly titled: Louis Arthur Holman notebooks and papers concerning John Keats].
49M-268 and 67M-162. Gift of Richard Bourne Holman, Esq., 34 Court Street, Boston 8, Massachusetts; received: 1950 June 30. [4 boxes of "Keatsiana removed from the later personal correspondence of Louis A. Holman"].
These papers were not fully processed until 2009. At this time, a number of formerly separate Holman collections were combined to form one, unified collection.
- Holman, Louis A. (Louis Arthur), 1866-1939. Louis Arthur Holman collection of Keats iconography and related papers, 1752-1963: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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