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Author Letters, 1653 - 2009, bulk: 1920 - 1980



This series consists of 1,119 documents, including letters, manuscripts, drawings, and photographs by noteworthy English and French authors and artists, as well as authors with personal ties to Professors Richard Macksey or Elliot Coleman.


  • Creation: 1653 - 2009
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. This collection may be requested through Special Collections. Some files are Restricted because of the presence of sensitive identification information in them.


From the Collection: 40 Cubic Feet (approx 40 record cartons--will shrink during processing)

Language of Materials




A significant portion of the French Letters subseries is Structuralist and Post-Structuralist thinkers. Most documents in this sub-series are in French. Some have translations included with them.

The “Hopkins Festival” sub-sub-series is mainly devoted to individuals writing to show their support for The Hopkins Review, the quarterly journal of the Writing Seminar.

Because of this combination of Macksey’s personal interests and his professional work, the time range of the documents is quite wide. The range goes from 1653 to 2009, with most of the dates clustering around the mid to late 20th century.

Upon arrival, the series was spread across several non-archival binders. The items making up the French Letters and Hopkins Festival subseries were set aside, while the others were spread across the remaining binders in a rough alphabetical order. All items were removed from their original plastic photo sheets and rehoused in acid-free folders.

The main series and the French Letters subseries were placed in alphabetical order by last name with one exception: Iris Tree was placed immediately after her cousin Sir Max Beerbohm as that is how they were ordered originally. The Hopkins Festival subseries was arranged in the original order in which it had been placed in its binder.

Oversized items were placed into a flat box.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA