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William Michael Rossetti Collection

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Rossetti, William Michael

William Rossetti, brother to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti, as well as art critic and literary editor, was born on September 25, 1829. When he was sixteen years old, Rossetti started working in the Excise Office. In 1850 he started working for The Spectator as an art critic, and between the two jobs helped support the entire Rossetti family. In 1894, Rossetti stopped working at the Excise Office, by then known as the Inland Revenue Office. He was the diarist for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and editor of the associated journal The Germ. He also edited volumes of poetry by his siblings, and put together D.G. Rossetti: A Memoir with Family Letters in 1895. In addition to these editorial accomplishments, Rossetti also a sharp critic, generating early support and praise for Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and William Blake. He passed away on February 5, 1919.

The collection consists primarily of original letters and manuscripts of William Michael Rossetti, one of the Pre-Raphaelite "brothers." Rossetti's correspondents include Charles Aldrich, William M. Colles, E. H. Leggatt, Everard Meynell, David M. Main, Frederick Locker, Ford Madox Ford, Theodore Watts-Dunton, Walter Severn, Octavia Susman, and others. The manuscripts include an introduction to Miscellaneous Essays, Sketches, and Reviews, a volume of William Makepeace Thackeray's works; two undated essays attributed to Rossetti entitled "Flowers in Ancient Egypt" and "The Gardens of Ancient Egypt;" a prefatory note to Charles Dicken's Pictures from Italy; and a biographical sketch of Ford Madox Brown. Also present are several drawings and three photographs of Rossetti and family members, and a small selection of miscellanea, including an article on Italian history and the politics of the Papacy by Rossetti's father, Gabriele Rossetti.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, ACS = autograph card signed, ANS = autograph note signed, AMs = autograph manuscript, and TMs = typed manuscript.

Organized into four series: Writings and Artwork, Correspondence, Unidentified Correspondence, and Documents and Miscellaneous Material.

This collection was formed as a result of the departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

Mostly purchased in 1977-2011, with some later additions. 1 Letter from Rosetti is a gift of Mark Samuels Lasner.

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This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002.

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

No material was separated during processing.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Karla J. Vecchia
Finding Aid Date
2003
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous manuscripts of Rossetti's writings, as well as a few sketches.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Description

1 box

Brown, Ford Madox (1821-1893), AMs, undated. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Biographical sketch begins "The circumstances under..."

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"Flowers in Ancient Egypt", TMs, with autograph corrections, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

"The Gardens of Ancient Egypt", TMs, with autograph corrections, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

"Miscellaneous Essays and Reviews", TMs, with autograph corrections, 1903. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Introduction to Miscellaneous Essays, Sketches and Reviews by William Makepeace Thackeray

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1 box

"Pictures from Italy - Prefatory Note", TMs, with autograph corrections, 1902. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Preface to Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens

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1 box

Sketches of Rossetti Family Members and Other Pre-Raphaelites, circa 1850s-1870s. 1 box.
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Consists of two sheets of paper containing eight pencil sketches by William Michael Rossetti. The sketches are of heads of various Rossetti family members and other friends in the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Those depicted include Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882, brother), Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori Rossetti (1800-1886, mother), William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), James Hannay (1827-1873), and William North (1825-1854). Identifications and other annotations added by William Michael Rossetti's daughter, Helen Rossetti Angeli (1879-1969).

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous correspondence of Rossetti.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent name.

Physical Description

1 box

Academy, Editor of, 1902. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Signed autograph card by William Michael Rossetti, commenting on two books he read in 1902.

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1 box

Aldrich, Charles, 2 ALsS, with typed transcripts, 1884. 1 box.
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Bastian, Mrs., 1 ALS, 1872. 1 box.
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1 box

Bell, Mackenzie, 1 ALS to Rossetti, 1898. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Annotated by Rossetti in pencil at the top of the first page: "Biographer of Christina Rossetti-Relates to a proposed visit to Holmer Green (some 30 miles from London) where our grandfather Polidori lived in our childhood."

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Bennett, Alfred W., 1 ALS, 1865. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 ALS (fragment), undated. 1 box.
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1 box

1 ACS, 1885. 1 box.
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1 box

Clippings: Biography of Brown (1), images painted by Brown (4), and images of Brown (3), dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Burcham, R. P., 1 ALS, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Caine, Hall, 1889 January 15. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Consists of a three-page signed autograph letter from William Michael Rossetti (5 Endsleigh Gardens, N.W.) regarding sonnets.

Physical Description

1 box

Castelvecchio, Signorina, 1906. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with William Michael Rossetti, Montague Rhodes James, and Charles H. St. John Hornby about Dante Gabriel Rossetti's poem, "Sister Helen"

Physical Description

1 box

Clayton, [John?], 1 ALS, 1907. 1 box.
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1 box

Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle, Sir, 1 ALS, 1902. 1 box.
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1 box

Colles, William M., 21 ALsS, 1898-1907. 1 box.
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1 box

Deverell, Mrs. [Walter?], 1 ALS, 1899. 1 box.
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1 box

Durham, Mr., 2 ALsS, 1882. 1 box.
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1 box

Everson, Miss, 1 ALS, 1902. 1 box.
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1 box

Ford, Ford Madox & Elsie, 11 ALsS, 1897-1910. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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Furnivall, Frederick J., 1 ALS, with typed transcript, 1868. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Green, Jesse C., 1 ANS, 1886. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Grove, George, 1 ALS, circa 1876. 1 box.
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1 box

Hood, P. H., 5 ALsS, 1900-1918. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

re: W. T. Deverell & exhibition of D. G. R.

Physical Description

1 box

Hueffer, [Francis], 1 ALS, 1882. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

re: death of D. G. R.

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1 box

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1 box

1 ALS, undated. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

re: "Mr. Tupper"

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1 box

1 ALS, 1882. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

To "William" [William Michael Rossetti]

Physical Description

1 box

1 ALS, 1907. 1 box.
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1 box

4 ALsS to Mrs. Hunt, 1885-1906. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(See also: Photographs)

Physical Description

1 box

[Knowles, B.], 1 ALS, 1898. 1 box.
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1 box

Leggatt, E. H., 1 ALS, 1888. 1 box.
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1 box

Locker, Frederick, 4 ALsS, circa 1870. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

re: W. M. R.'s book on Shelley

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1 box

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Lowe, Miss, 2 ALsS, 1882. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Lushington, [Vernon?], 1 ALS (photocopy), 1882. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

re: F. M. Brown's gout

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1 box

Mac Coll, ACS, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Main, David M., 4 ALsS, 1883-1886. 1 box.
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1 box

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4 ALsS, 1899-1900. 1 box.
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1 box

3 ALsS by George Rae to Marillier, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Meynell, Everard, 5 ALsS, 3 ACsS, 1903-1907. 1 box.
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1 box

Morse, Mrs., 1 ALS, 1898. 1 box.
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1 box

Murray, Alma, 1 ALS, 1888. 1 box.
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1 box

Noble, J. A., 1 ALS, 1880. 1 box.
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1 box

Pocock, C. J., 1 ALS, 1884 July 18. 1 box.
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1 box

[Prideaux, Colonel], 1 ALS, 1960. 1 box.
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1 box

Roberts Bros., 1 ALS, 1894. 1 box.
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1 box

Seddon, Mr., 1 ALS, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Severn, Walter (1830-1904), 1 ALS, 1869. 1 box.
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1 box

Stephens, Frederic G., 1 ACS, 1892. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

11 ALsS, 1901-1905. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 clipping, 1902. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

1 ALS, 1899. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(See also: Hunt, W.H.)

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1 box

Vincent, Gertrude H., 1 ALS, 1904. 1 box.
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1 box

Waddington, Mr., 1 ALS, 1886. 1 box.
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1 box

Warren, Fiske, Mrs., 1 ALS, 1891. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

2 ALsS, with typed transcripts, 1887-1888. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

1 ALS to Rossetti, 1896. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(asking if he is right to send "this" to you, and in pencil footnote referring to Swinburne)

Physical Description

1 box

Whistler, James McNeill, ANS, with AN by Rossetti, circa 1892. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Contains unidentified correspondence of Rossetti.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

1 box

"My Dear Sir", 1873. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(quotes Shelley)

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1 box

"Dear Sirs", 1897. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: royalties of DGR)

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1 box

"Dear Sir", 1897. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: photograph of WMR and W. B. Scott)

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1 box

"Dear Sir", 1898. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: exhibition of DGR)

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1 box

"Dear Sir", March 19, no year, undated. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: subscription for George Cruikshank)

Physical Description

1 box

"Dear Sir", 1901 November 9. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: Boer War)

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1 box

"My dear Madam", July 23, no year, undated. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: poetic gift)

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1 box

"My dear Madam", 1910. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

(re: copyright of poems of CR)

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Contains miscellaneous material by or about Rossetti.

Arrangement

Arranged by format: photographs before printed matter.

Physical Description

1 box

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1 box

William Michael Rossetti, Arthur and Mary Rossetti, Mrs. Arthur Rossetti, Olivia Rossetti Agresti, and Helen Rossetti Angeli inscribed to Mrs. Garnett by Olivia Rossetti Agresti, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

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William Michael Rossetti and Helen M. Madox Rossetti, 1896. 1 box.
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1 box

William Michael Rossetti, Arthur Rossetti, and Arthur's son inscribed to William Holman Hunt, 1905. 1 box.
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1 box

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Printed Matter: Clippings, undated. 1 box.
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"Souscription pour subvenir aux premiers besoins d'une famille française...:," ADS, 1872. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Subscription for funds to aid a poor French family signed by Ford Madox Brown, W. M. Rossetti, Francis Hueffer, A. Hake, M. Cavre, H. V., Mrs. Linton, and D. G. Rossetti.

Physical Description

1 box

Rossetti, Gabriele, AMs (in Italian), circa 1850. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

"Che squallore, che miseria, che inerzia, che pratiche superstiziose, che invincibili pregiudizi," on Italian history and politics of the Papacy, 1 p., with a separate autograph note by William Michael Rossetti

Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest