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Edmonia Taylor Hill scrapbook on Rudyard Kipling

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0347

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook which forms this collection is a loosely bound volume, titled "Kiplingisms." It was assembled by Rudyard Kipling's friend, Mrs. Edmonia Taylor Hill, and contains mostly newspaper and journal articles by and about the author for the period, 1888 to 1937. The clippings document events in the author's life: notices of published works, analyses of his writings, descriptions of his homes in America and England, reports of his travels, the wedding of his daughter, Elsie Kipling, reminiscences from acquaintances, and accounts of his final illness and death. His early life in Bombay and school days in England are described in newspaper excerpts from his published biography, Something of Myself (1937).

There are no manuscripts or autographs of Rudyard Kipling included in the scrapbook. There are copies and photostats of letters to Mrs. Hill and copies of unpublished verse annotated by Mrs. Hill. Some copies are typescript and some are holographic. Of interest are articles describing the later years of Kipling at his home in Burwash Sussex, England. Final items are excerpts from letters written to Mrs. Hill, 1915-1918. These too are typescript copies, but they contain Kipling's thoughts regarding the sacrifice of young men during a war. As a whole, the scrapbook provides an informative view of an important 19th-century author from material published during his most productive years.


  • Creation: 1888-1937


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Rudyard Kipling, the English author, was born in Bombay, India December 30, 1865. He lived there until the age of six when he was sent to England for his education. After completing his studies at the United Services College, he returned to Bombay in 1880 and worked for various newspapers including the Chronicle and the Civil and Military Gazette. His creative writings included poetry, tales, and novels many of which reflected the cultural influences of India and the position of the British empire during the Victorian age. Two of his well-known works were The Jungle Book (1889) and Kim (1901). Kipling's importance as an author was recognized worldwide, and in 1907, he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature.

In 1892, Kipling married an American, Caroline Balestier. The Kiplings traveled widely as his literary celebrity grew. They lived for four years in Vermont before settling permanently in Sussex, England. Before his marriage to Miss Balestier, Kipling lived in Allahabad, India and wrote articles for The Pioneer. In 1887, he became acquainted with an American couple, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Alexander Hill. Hill was an English professor at Government College in Allahabad and the meteorological reporter to the North- West provinces of India. His wife was the former Edmonia (Edna) Taylor, the daughter of the Rev. R. T. Taylor, president of Beaver College in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hill became a great friend to Kipling. The editor of a recent collection of Kipling letters, Thomas Pinney, described Mrs. Hill as Kipling's "muse, collaborator, and confidante all at once." (The Letters of Rudyard Kipling. Edited by Thomas Pinney. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1990.) Kipling's friendship with the Hills lasted well into the 1900s as evidenced from the author's published letters. In 1888, Kipling lived in their Allahabad house, "Belvedere," while the Hills were away on leave, and in 1889 the three traveled together to China, Japan, and America. While traveling in the United States, Kipling was the guest of Mrs. Hill's father in Beaver, Pennsylvania. For a brief period, Kipling was engaged to another daughter in the family, Caroline Taylor.

Mrs. Edmonia Hill remained a life-long admirer of Kipling and his work. She collected articles and published items about the author and eventually assembled them into a scrapbook titled "Kiplingisms.". After the death of her husband, Mrs. Hill came to Baltimore to live with her sister, Julia Taylor. Because of reduced circumstances, Mrs. Hill sold the originals of the letters Kipling had written to her. They were later purchased by Mrs. Caroline Kipling after the author's death and most likely destroyed. Copies of the letters were later discovered, and the copies are included with the Kipling Collection at the University of Sussex. (See: Pinney. V. I, Introduction, pp.xiii-xiv.) Edmonia Taylor Hill died in Baltimore in 1952.

Rudyard Kipling died in London, January 18, 1936.


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Language of Materials



The scrapbook which forms this collection is a loosely bound volume, titled "Kiplingisms." It was assembled by Rudyard Kipling's friend, Mrs. Edmonia Taylor Hill, and contains mostly newspaper and journal articles by and about the author for the period, 1888 to 1937.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the University by Mrs. Edmonia Taylor Hill (Mrs. Samuel Alexander Hill) in 1941 and 1943. The two letters of Mrs. Hill, dated May 1941, the four carbon typescripts of the Kipling letters, 1915-1921, and the typescript of verses from Beaver, PA (1889) were formerly part of Ms. 34. The scrapbook and the two letters, dated 1943, were formerly cataloged (PO 4856 .K57) in the stacks and were transferred to Manuscripts. The Accession Number for the latter items is 92-93.33. The letters of Mrs. Hill were removed to the Provenance file.

Related Materials

Letters of Rudyard Kipling are included in the Edward Lucas White Papers MS.0056 available in Special Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in February 1993.

Edmonia Taylor Hill scrapbook on Rudyard Kipling
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Repository Details

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