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Joseph Conrad collection


Held at: Bryn Mawr College [Contact Us]Bryn Mawr College Library, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr 19010

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Bryn Mawr College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), a novelist and short story writer, was born Jozef Konrad Teodor Korzeniowski in Berdichev, Ukraine, and became a British citizen in 1886. Conrad joined the British merchant navy, and traveled worldwide until he married in 1895. He settled in England, where he began writing, drawing upon on his sailing experiences. Among Conrad's novels are The N*gger of the Narcissus (1897), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), and Chance (1914). He also wrote many short stories, including "Heart of Darkness," for which he is most well-known (1902).

The Joseph Conrad collection contains the papers and other materials of Joseph Conrad, novelist and short story writer. The collection, which ranges from 1898-1942, consists of correspondence, Conrad's writings, and other materials.

The collection is divided into five series: "Outgoing Letters," "Incoming Letters," "Third Party Letters," "Writings of Joseph Conrad," and "Other Materials"

"Outgoing Letters" contains twelve ALSs (most with envelopes) from Conrad to various correspondents regarding his work and life. Notable to the college are three letters written to Samuel Claggett Chew, professor of English Literature at Bryn Mawr College and book reviewer. "Incoming Letters" contains one letter from the American critic James Huneker in which he tells Conrad that he is the "English (and the Polish) Flaubert." "Third Party Letters" consist of two letters to Ethelinda Schaefer Castle from Edgar H. Wells (one regarding Conrad's death), and one letter to Castle from Herbert Faulkner West in 1942 about her collection of Conrad materials. "Writings of Joseph Conrad" contains a 1921 corrected typescript of Conrad's foreword to Landscapes of Corsica and Ireland by A. S. Kinkead. It also holds a corrected typescript of Conrad's note to Mirror of the Sea (Conrad has marked on this work that it is the first draft, which he began in October 1919). Additionally, it houses a corrected typescript of "Poland Revisited, Part Two," which is a portion of Conrad's Notes on Life & Letters. This latter typescript is bound into a 1921 printed edition of the work, along with a 1923 letter from Christopher Willard to Thomas J. Wise regarding the manuscript. "Other Materials" consists of one printed plate from Conrad's The Point of Honor: A Military Tale.

Through correspondence and writings, this collection contributes knowledge of Conrad's personal relationships and his writing processes.

The majority of the Joseph Conrad collection was the gift of Ethelinda Schaefer Castle (Bryn Mawr College Class of 1908); the three letters from Conrad to Samuel Claggett Chew were the gift of Chew.


Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Miriam B. Spectre, Melissa Torquato
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Joseph Conrad collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Collection Inventory

Bontine, Mrs. ALS, Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex. With envelope. , 1898 Oct 16.
Box 1 Folder 1
Chew, Samuel Claggett. Three ALS, Oswalds, Bishopsbourne, Kent; Effendi Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. With three envelopes., 1922-1923. 3 items.
Box 1 Folder 2
Physical Description

3 items

Ffooks, Archdale (Mrs.). ALS, Oswalds, Bishopsbourne, Kent. With envelope., 1923 Apr 4.
Box 1 Folder 3
Garnett, Edward. Four ALS, Oswalds, Bishopsbourne, Kent. With four envelopes., 1911-1921. 4 items.
Box 1 Folder 4
Physical Description

4 items

Garnett, Richard. ALS. With envelope addressed to "R. S. Garnett" postmarked 1923 Dec 22., [1910 Apr 7]. 1 items.
Box 1 Folder 5
Physical Description

1 items

Wells, Edgar H. ALS, Effendi Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. With envelope., 1923 May 31.
Box 1 Folder 2
"Dear Sir." ALS, Capel House, Orlestone, Nr. Ashford, 1910 Jul 29.
Box 1 Folder 7
Huneker, James. ALS, New York City, 1909 Jun 22.
Box 1 Folder 8
Wells, Edgar H. Two ALS to Ethelinda Schaefer Castle. Letter dated 1924 Sep 5 encloses letter from Gordon Gardiner to Edgar H. Wells regarding Conrad's death. , 1923-1924. 2 items.
Box 1 Folder 9
Physical Description

2 items

West, Herbert Faulkner. ALS to Ethelinda Schaefer Castle, 1942 Jul 12.
Box 1 Folder 9

"Kinkead Landscapes Corsica," fragment (marked p.2) of the foreword to Landscapes of Corsica and Ireland by A. S. Kinkead, typescript, corrected , [1921].
Box 1 Folder 10
"Mirror of the Sea. Author's Note," typescript, corrected, signed. 5 pages. Annotated by Conrad: "First Draft"; "Begun in Oct. 1919.", 1919.
Box a Folder 11
[Poland Revisited, Part Two], typescript, corrected. Text corresponds to pp. 197-208 in the 1921 edition. Date (1915 Mar 30) is stamped on first page. Each leaf is mounted and bound into volume with printed version of "Poland Revisited, Part Two," Notes on Life & Letters (London & Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1921) pp 197-208. Also bound with TLS from Christopher Willard to Thomas J. Wise, 1923 Sep 14 regarding manuscript., 1915-1923.
Box 1 Folder 12

Printed plate from The Point of Honor: A Military Tale.
Box 1 Folder 13

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