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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 557

Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-1


The first of six photograph albums compiled by English writer, Virginia Woolf.


  • 1866-1914 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Conditions Governing Use

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.5 linear feet (1 volume in 1 box)
The majority of the photographs in the Monk’s House Photograph album MH-1 are portraits. The first seven pages of Monk’s House photograph album I contain portraits of public figures many of whom were friends of the Woolf and Stephen families or were relatives of the families. The photographs include portraits of Thomas Hardy, Oliver Wendell Holmes and other famous men and women of the time period.

The rest of the album contains portraits of members of the Duckworth, Stephen and Woolf families as well as a few snapshots of family members. Subjects include Vanessa Bell, Julian Bell, Quentin Bell, Stella Duckworth, George Herbert Duckworth, Adrian Stephen, Laura Stephen, Sir Leslie Stephen, Leonard Woolf and others.

A few photographs of landscapes and of buildings are also included in the album. Many of these are photographs from Leonard Woolf’s years (approximately 1908 through 1912) working for the Ceylon Civil Service, in Sri Lanka are located on pages 27 through 42. The album also includes pictures from Leonard Woolf’s trip to Sweden in 1911 with his sister, Bella Sidney Woolf.

Biographical / Historical

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was an English novelist, essayist, diarist, publisher, feminist, and writer of short stories.

Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album (MH-1) was most likely arranged originally by Virginia Woolf as well as possibly Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell and other family members.

Most of the albums are missing photographs that may now be located in the loose photographs listed below in the cataloging. These images may have been removed to serve as illustrations for Leonard Woolf's publications as well as A marriage of two minds by George Spater and Ian Parsons.


The albums were numbered one through six when gifted by Frederick R. Koch to the Houghton Library in 1983. This order was retained in the repository.

Photographs are numbered in order of appearance in the album. In addition, the recto of pages are numbered in order of appearance in the album. Pages devoid of any photographs are not numbered.

Photographs found loose inside the album were removed to a separate folder. The original location is documented in the cataloging.

Titles devised by cataloger.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson) Koch, received: 1983 March.

Separated Materials

For other Monk's House photographs see: MS Thr 559, MS Thr 560, MS Thr 561, MS Thr 562, MS Thr 563

Humm, Maggie. Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The private lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2006. )
  • Humm, Maggie. Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The private lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2006. )

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Link to catalog
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-1, 1866-1914: Guide.
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