Edmund Kean correspondence
Correspondence of English actor Edmund Kean and other papers related to him.
- Majority of material found in 1826-1828
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English..
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent1 linear feet (3 boxes)
Includes Kean's correspondence dated 1810-1832, about half of which is dated 1827, the year Kean returned to acting at Drury Lane Theatre. Many of the letters written by members of the public are congratulatory or are requests for charity; a few others are between Kean and notable colleagues or patrons such as his wife Mary Kean, actor Charles Kemble, and Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. Also includes a small number of third-party letters (1791-1836) mentioning Kean or related to his life, as well as some research materials and ephemera.
Biographical / Historical
Edmund Kean (1787-1833) was an English actor associated with the Drury Lane Theatre. An affair with Charlotte Cox, the wife of prominent alderman Robert Cox, led to an adultery trial against Kean in 1825 and his subsequent travel outside of England. Kean returned to the English stage in 1827 and remained acting until shortly before his death in May 1833. With Mary (Chambers) Kean he was the father of actor Charles Kean (1811-1868).
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Edmund Kean correspondence
- II. Third-party correspondence and other material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2007MT-10r. Gifts from unknown sources; received: ca. 1932-1934.
Processed by: Genna Duplisea
The curatorial file contains clippings from auction and autograph dealer's catalogues, letter descriptions, and other materials related to the collecting of Kean correspondence.
- Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833. Edmund Kean correspondence, 1791-1836: Guide.
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