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Vivian Burnett Collection of Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924.

Frances Hodgson Burnett was best known for her children's books Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886) and The Secret Garden (1911), but also published many novels for adults as well as plays adapted from her works. Here is an abbreviated biographical timeline of Frances Hodgson Burnett's life that includes the major residence addresses (marked "[stationery]" below) from which she wrote her letters that are in this collection:

The collection consists of material relating to the British-born, American author Frances Hodgson Burnett, collected by her younger son, Vivian Burnett. Included are: (1) Approximately 400 autograph letters and 20 autograph postcards from Frances Hodgson Burnett to Vivian Burnett and other family members. There are also several hundred letters received by Burnett from Vivian Burnett and other family members and friends. The correspondence dates primarily from the 1880s until her death. (2) Frances Hodgson Burnett, Chapter 1 of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886), 14 pages (final page lacking). The remainder of the original manuscript is in RBSC's Wilkinson Collection of Mary Mapes Dodge (229 pages). (3) Frances Hodgson Burnett, 3-page typescript (no corrections) of an essay on children's literature, along with three autograph manuscripts of poems (believed to be unpublished) and other miscellaneous fragments. (4) Guest book (bound volume) for Maytham Hall, her home in Kent, England, including a sketch by Henry James and several drawings by Poultney Bigelow. (5) Two original drawings by Reginald Birch for the first edition of Little Lord Fauntleroy ; and James Montgomery Flagg's signed drawing of Frances Hodgson Burnett (1921). (6) Approx. 30 original photographs of Frances Hodgson Burnett, her son Vivian dressed as "Little Lord Fauntleroy," and her residences in England (including the actual "Secret Garden") and the United States. (7) Two "Little Lord Fauntleroy" costumes (velvet, lace, and silk), which Burnett had made for her son Vivian and in which he posed for photography; and one dress of Frances Hodgson Burnett; and a box of additional lace. (8) Typescripts of plays, a scrapbook, and other materials relating to Burnett and her literary career.

Acquired from Penelope Deupree and Robin Boone, co-heirs to these materials through their mother, Verity Burnett Chisholm (older daughter of Vivian Burnett).

Purchased in 2009, with funds provided by the Friends of the Princeton University Library and the Richard M. Ludwig Endowment, donated by by Michael Spence, Class of 1966.

Additions purchased from Maggs Bros. Ltd. in 2010, transferred from EX Behrman American No. 20 in 2010, and gift of Hennepin County Library in 2012.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

This collection was processed by Sylvia Yu in March - April 2009. Finding aid written by Sylvia Yu in April 2009.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Sylvia Yu
Finding Aid Date
2009
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. For reasons of preservation, access to the clothing and original Fauntleroy costumes is restricted.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

The material in this series primarily consists of manuscript drafts by Frances Hodgson Burnett (FHB), Vivian Burnett (VB), and a few others who knew FHB in her lifetime.

Arrangement

This series has been arranged by author (FHB, VB, Others).

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of FHB's autograph manuscripts, typed manuscripts (plays), unpublished material (part of one essay, several poems), and miscellaneous fragments believed to be in her handwriting.

Arrangement

This subseries of FHB's writings is organized by genre, published and unpublished -- fiction ( Little Lord Fauntleroy excerpt and related material), plays (alphabetically by title), and unpublished material (essay, poems, stories written in her youth).

Physical Description

1 box

Little Lord Fauntleroy, Chapter 1, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMs, 14 pp. Missing final page (last few paragraphs of chapter 1). The remaining chapters of this original manuscript (229 pp.) are in RBSC's Wilkinson Collection of Mary Mapes Dodge (C0114). Little Lord Fauntleroy was originally published as a serial in the St. Nicholas Magazine between November 1885 and October 1886, and as a book by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1886.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Little Lord Fauntleroy", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMs, 1 page. "Little Lord Fauntleroy" written several times, presumably in FHB's hand, and a paragraph describing his character.

Physical Description

1 folder

A Lady of Quality, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs, 86 pp.: Act I (24 pp.), Act II (25 pp.), Act III (16 pp.), Act IV (10 pp.), Act V (11 pp.)

Physical Description

1 folder

The Making of a Marchioness, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs with holograph corrections, 99 pp.: Act I (33 pp.), Act II (24 pp.), Act III (25 pp.), Act IV (17 p., incomplete)

Physical Description

1 folder

The Making of a Marchioness: A Play in Three Acts, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs, 113 pp.: Act I (36 pp.), Act II (31 pp.), Act III (25 pp.), Act IV (21 pp.)

Physical Description

1 folder

T. Tembaron, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs with holograh corrections, 144 pp.: Act I (28 pp.), Act II (56 pp.), Act III (33 pp.), Act IV (27 pp.). Autograph corrections

Physical Description

1 folder

T. Tembaron: A Play in Four Acts, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs, 106 pp.: Act I (25 pp.), Act II (34 pp.), Act III (26 pp.), Act IV (21 pp.)

Physical Description

1 folder

Untitled essay fragment, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs, 3 pp. Unpublished fragment of an essay on children's literature. This is transcribed on pages 160-161of Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina's 2004 biography, Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden, and bears the title "The Child of This Century."

Physical Description

1 folder

"Well you know", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMs of poem (presumed to be unpublished) by FHB, 2 sides of 1 page. "Paris March ?" [day and year unclear], "Well you know" and "Fannie H. Burnett" are written at the top of the first page

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Statue", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMs of poem (presumed to be unpublished) by FHB, 1 page. This poem is transcribed on page 6-10 of VB's typescript titled "A Story Maker's Notes By the Way."

Physical Description

1 folder

"Today And Yesterday", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMs of poem (presumed to be unpublished) by FHB, 1 page. This poem is transcribed on page 6-14 of VB's typescript titled "A Story Maker's Notes By the Way."

Physical Description

1 folder

Untitled Miscellaneous Items, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

5 AMss. 1 leaf is dated March 24 on Maytham Hall stationery and could be an original poem fragment. Another leaf is written on Clifton Heights Bailey's Bay, Bermuda stationery and the first line reads "The Lord God planted a garden.." All of these items are presumed to be written in FHB's hand.

Physical Description

1 folder

Manuscript Ledger, 1861-1875. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a bound manuscript ledger (numbering 224 pp.) containing early stories, poems and drawings by FHB. According to a footnote in Gerzina's Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden, the original ledger book is located in Special Collections, University of Virginia.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of Vivian Burnett's two typed unpublished manuscripts, with editor's corrections, about his mother's life and writings (unpublished poems, letters, etc.), intended to follow-up on his 1925 book, The Romantick Lady (1927). There is also a two-page typescript about FHB's life and career.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

"A Story Maker's Notes By the Way", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs with holograph corrections, 373 pp. in 20 chapters (end missing). Autograph corrections

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Story Maker's Notes By the Way" (photocopy, part 1), undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of the TMs, chapters 1-10

Physical Description

1 folder

"A Story Maker's Notes By the Way" (photocopy, part 2), undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of the TMs, chapters 11-20

Physical Description

1 folder

"She Wrote Fauntleroy", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs, 255 pp.: Mr. T. White's copy with autograph corrections (page 99 missing)

Physical Description

1 folder

"Burnett Bird Fountain Dedication Marks Anniversary of Important Literary Lawsuit", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 TMss, 2 pages each. This piece was presumably written by VB and one copy contains autograph corrections in pencil. A possible reference is made to this manuscript in a TL by VB to Mr. Herbert S. Houston dated May 18, 1937 (see Subseries 2G (Box 10 Folder 18).

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of a Proposed Introduction for a 50th Anniversary Edition of Little Lord Fauntleroy, "Memoirs of Frances Hodgson Burnett," and "Waste."

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Proposed Introduction for a 50th Anniversary Edition of Little Lord Fauntleroy, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMsS, 4 pages, by "G.H.B." VB mentioned that he was returning this proposed introduction for a Scribner's edition to Mrs. W. C. Brownell (Kitty) in a TL dated May 18, 1937. The manuscript was later returned by Kitty Brownell to Mrs. Vivian (Constance Buel) Burnett .

Physical Description

1 folder

"Memoirs of Frances Hodgson Burnett", 1942. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of AMs by Ada Campbell Larew (FHB's childhood friend in Knoxville, TN) and an autograph transcript in an unknown hand

Physical Description

1 folder

"Waste", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TMs of poem titled "Waste" by Lee Wilson Dodd. This poem is published on pages 18-20 in The Middle Miles, and Other Poems (Yale University Press, 1915). The context of this poem's inclusion in this collection is unknown (perhaps this poem originally was contained in a letter?).

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence series forms the heart of the collection. The bulk of the correspondence (Subseries 2A and 2D) is between Frances Hodgson Burnett (FHB) and her younger son, Vivian Burnett (VB), and spans the the late 1880s through her death in 1924. There are also letters between FHB and her older son, Lionel Burnett, prior to his death in 1890, as well as between FHB and her beloved sister, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock Jordan. Topics range from her busy social life and writing and play producing career that was divided between America and England, as well as descriptions of her many trips through Europe and other places around the globe. The eight subseries are divided among sender (FHB, VB, family and friends/other) and recipient (FHB, VB, family and friends/other, Constance Buel Burnett). Many letters include their original envelopes and therefore the respective postmark stamps, where legible, are used to date many of the letters by month, day and/or year. Some of the undated letters have a year penciled on them by hand and, on occasion, excerpts from letters enclosed within penciled brackets that appear to match some of the excerpts published in Vivian Burnett's 1927 book about his mother titled The Romantick Lady. Not all the penciled years may be accurate, however, and some have question marks and have subsequently been filed with the undated letters. An extensive number of letter excerpts published in Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina's 2004 biography, Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden, are labeled "Penny Deupree private collection" in the Notes section at the end of the book (Gerzina was granted access to Vivian Burnett's collection of FHB materials that was inherited by Penny Deupree, VB's granddaughter) and have been used to cross-reference some of the letter dates in this collection. There are also several penciled notes on slips of paper that summarize certain letters' contents and they have been retained with the original letters. Preservation photocopies were made for some of the letters in Subseries 2D (Vivian Burnett to FHB) and they are included with the originals.

Arrangement

The extensive correspondence between FHB and VB is arranged chronologically by year with undated letters at the end of each subseries. All other correspondents are divided between separate subseries for family members and friends/non-relatives/other by sender name and/or recipient. Letters from unidentified senders or recipients are included at the end of each subseries. Envelopes without letters are filed by year within the relevant subseries if the postmark is legible. Dates for some of the undated letters were estimated either by the stationery/paper type used or by a location written at the top of the first page.

Physical Description

9 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from Frances Hodgson Burnett to Vivian Burnett.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

3 boxes

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1888. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS to Lionel and Vivian Burnett

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1890. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS, 1 birthday telegram

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1891. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

10 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1892. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1894. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS, 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1895. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

20 ALsS, 3 ALs, 2 empty envelopes. Her Tuesday February 5th letter mentions Henry Irving's King Arthur play (program included) as well as Henry James' ill-received play, Guy Domville.

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1896. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

19 ALsS, 2 empty envelopes

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1897. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

18 ALsS, 1 AL (missing end), 3 empty envelopes

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1898. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

12 ALsS. FHB's "business letter" dated February 28 to VB discusses her impending divorce from his father and the possibility of leasing Maytham Hall.

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1900. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1901. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1902. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS, 1 empty envelope with AN on outside

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1903. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1904. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

20 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1905. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1906. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

14 ALsS, 1 AL

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1907. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS, 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1908. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

16 ALsS, 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1910. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS, 3 ACsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1911. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS, 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1912. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

8 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1913. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS (includes letter dated August 7 in which she describes time spent with Elizabeth Jordan during a ship voyage to Europe) and 3 ACsS (1 letter)

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1914. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1915. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1916. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1917. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1918. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1920. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

16 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1921. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

24 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, 1922. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB to Vivian Burnett, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

20 ALsS (undated), 3 ALs (incomplete), 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

FHB's majority of letters to other family members were to Lionel (1889-90) and to her beloved younger sister, Edith.

Arrangement

Arranged by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Hodgson, Eliza Boond, 1862 June 4. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS (copy) to FHB's mother

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Swan M, 1891. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS to FHB's first husband

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Lionel, 1889-1890. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

16 ALsS, 1 empty envelope. The ALS dated Friday, October 3rd [1890] contains a ANS by Stephen Townesend (the only existing item of his handwriting in this collection), who later became FHB's second husband (1900-1902). Lionel died in Paris on December 7, 1890.

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1899-1900. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS to her younger sister. Includes ALS (March 22) written during FHB's honeymoon trip in 1900 following her second marriage to Stephen Townesend in Genoa, Italy.

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1908. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

11 ALsS (includes one addressed "Dear Family")

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1913-1914. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

17 ALsS, 1 AL (missing end), 7 ACS (1 letter), 3 ACS (1 letter), 2 ACS, 1 AC. The October 6, 1914 letter is missing 1 leaf (pp. 9-12). Includes the letter written from the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich marked "Private Business" and addressed to "Dearest."

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1916-1919. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS, 1 AL (missing end), 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

10 ALsS, 6 ALs (missing leaves), 2 empty envelopes

Physical Description

1 folder

Fahnestock, Ernest B, 1894-1917. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS, 1 undated to nephew, the younger son of her sister Edith's first husband, Pleasant Fahnestock

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Frank, 1899 March 22. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 AL (missing end) to Edith's second husband.

Physical Description

1 folder

Buel, Clarence Clough, 1914 July 16. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 TL to VB's father-in-law

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Constance Buel, 1917-1921. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS, 1 empty envelope to VB's wife

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Verity and Dorinda, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS to granddaughters Verity (older) and Dorin (younger), 1 ALS to Verity, and 1 ACS to Dorin (VB's children). FHB was called "Nanda" by them.

Physical Description

1 folder

Buel, Beatrix, 1915 May 20. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Modern transcript of a letter from FHB presumably to Beatrix ("Trixie") Buel, sister of Constance

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from Frances Hodgson Burnett to friends and others.

Arrangement

Arranged by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Macfarland, Euphemia (Effie), 1910. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS to her close friend following the funeral of King Edward VII in London on May 20, 1910

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Elizabeth, 1921. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

"Lizzie", 1913-1914. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

"Maud", 1924. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

"Mr. Bartlett", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ANS with envelope addresses to "Mr. Bartlett"

Physical Description

1 folder

Unidentified, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AN ("Don't speak of illness to Dr. W") on the outside of the back of an envelope, presumed to be in FHB's hand

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from Vivian Burnett to Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1889-1894. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

15 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1895. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

15 ALsS (VB's college years were at Harvard from 1895-1898). Most of his letters are on Quincy Hall stationery.

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1896. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

14 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1897. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

17 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1898. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

13 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 February 21. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 March 8. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 March 26. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS. Article clippings were removed and placed in the Clippings subseries of the Printed Materials series.

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 April 3. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS. Article clippings were removed and placed in the Clippings subseries of the Printed Materials series.

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 April 29. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 May 16. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 June 1. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 August 22. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 October 6. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TLS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 November 18. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1899 November 26. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1900 January 1. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

TLS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1900. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS, 3 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1901. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1902. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS, 9 TLsS (includes 1 preservation photocopy)

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1903. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1904. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS, 2 TLsS, 1 TL

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1908. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 ALS, 5 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1911. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS, 2 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1912. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS, 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1912 May. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

3 TLsS (includes preservation photocopies)

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1913. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 TLS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1914. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, 3 TLsS (includes preservation photocopies of 2 TLsS), 1 empty envelope. VB married Constance Buel in November 1914.

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1915. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

16 ALsS. Some are from his honeymoon trip in which he sailed through the Panama Canal and visited Asia, including Japan.

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1916-1917. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS, 2 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1919-1920. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

10 ALsS, 2 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1921. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

11 ALsS, 8 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, 1923-1924. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, 1 ACS

Physical Description

1 folder

Vivian Burnett to FHB, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

8 ALsS, 1 ACS

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from family members to Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Burnett, Lionel, 1886-1890. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

21 ALsS, 1 AL (missing end?), 6 ACsS (1 letter), 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1914. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

8 ALsS, 1 empty envelope

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters from friends to Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Dennis, William Henry, 1908 July. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS from "Will," FHB's friend and lawyer

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Elizabeth, 1924. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

5 TLsS. "Querida" was Jordan's nickname for FHB.

Physical Description

1 folder

Morgan, Ella, 1889 December 18. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS by the teacher of Lionel and Vivian

Physical Description

1 folder

Rice, Charles, 1914 November 23. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS by a long-time Washington, D.C., friend of FHB

Physical Description

1 folder

"J. J.", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ANS by "J.J" presumably to FHB

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of letters between various members of the Burnett family (other than FHB) and other family members, friends, and acquaintances.

Arrangement

Arranged by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Hodgson, Edwin, 1844 November 28. 1 folder.
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ALS from FHB's father, Edwin Hodgson, to his mother-in-law, Mrs. William Boond, soon after his marriage

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1 folder

Burnett, Lionel, 1889 September 6. 1 folder.
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2 ALsS to father (1889 and undated), ALS to Vivian ("Jones")

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1 folder

Burnett, Vivian, 1892. 1 folder.
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5 ALsS to father Swann, 1 undated ALS

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1898. 1 folder.
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2 ALS to VB

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, undated. 1 folder.
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2 ALs to unknown recipients (possibly FHB?), 1 envelope with AN presumably in Edith's hand

Physical Description

1 folder

Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, 1924-1925. 1 folder.
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Letters sent to Edith Jordan around and after the death of her sister FHB. They include 1 ALS from Gertrude "Kitty" Hall Brownell, 1 ALS from Rosamond Campbell, 2 TLsS from Elizabeth Jordan, 1 TLS from Marguerite Merington (she edited Jordan's "My Sister").

Physical Description

1 folder

Chiellini, Luisa (Lisa), 1889-1890. 1 folder.
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6 ALsS to Lionel, 1 ALS to Lionel and Vivian. Chiellini was a close companion for many years to the Burnett family.

Physical Description

1 folder

Buel, Clarence Clough, 1918-1927. 1 folder.
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ALS to granddaughter Verity Burnett, and ALS to son-in-law VB with editing suggestions for his book, The Romantick Lady.

Physical Description

1 folder

Brownell, Mrs. W. C., and Vivian Burnett, 1937 May. 1 folder.
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ANS from Kitty to VB and TL reply to Kitty from VB. Gertrude (Kitty) Hall was long-time friend of FHB who married W. C. Brownell. This is correspondence regarding the dedication ceremony of a bird-bath group in the Conservatory Gardens in New York City's Central Park.

Physical Description

1 folder

Merington, Marguerite, and Vivian Burnett, 1937 April-May. 1 folder.
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1 TL from VB to Merington; 1 TLS, 1 TL and 1 TC from Merington to VB. This is correspondence regarding the dedication ceremony of a bird-bath group in the Conservatory Gardens in New York City's Central Park on May 28, 1937, in memory of FHB.

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence from Vivian Burnett Related to the FHB Memorial Dedication in 1937, 1937 May. 1 folder.
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1 TL from VB to Mr. Rodman Gilder (son of FHB's important editor, Richard Watson Gilder) and 6 other TLs regarding the dedication ceremony of a bird-bath group in the Conservatory Gardens in New York City's Central Park on May 28, 1937, in memory of FHB.

Physical Description

1 folder

Loudon, A. Margaret, 1943 August 17. 1 folder.
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ALS inquiry forwarded by FHB's publisher, F. A. Stokes & Co.

Physical Description

1 folder

Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892 December 13. 1 folder.
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TLS to "Dear Madam" regarding "a little book of unique interest . . . set up and printed in her house by her son Vivian Burnett" [presumed to be a reference to "The Drury Lane Boys' Club" (see Series 3: Printed Materials)].

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1 folder

Burnett, Verity, undated. 1 folder.
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ACS to FHB's granddaughter, Verity [Burnett], from "Carol".Front of card depicts the "Little Lord Fauntleroy" character.

Physical Description

1 folder

Deupree, Penny, 1987. 1 folder.
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TLS to FHB's great-granddaughter from Ken Fahnestock dated March 14, 1987 (enclosed news clippings from 1915 are filed in Subseries 3C folder, Libel Suit against FHB); ALS dated June 6 from Ma-?; AL dated July 10 to "Mr. and Mrs. Deupree" (missing end)

Physical Description

1 folder

Unidentified, undated. 1 folder.
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AL (fragment) from an unidentified acquaintance of FHB and misc. envelope scraps

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of condolence letters from friends and acquaintances following the sudden death of VB due to a heart attack as a result of his rescue of four unidentified passengers from a capsized sailboat in Long Island Sound on July 25, 1937.

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by the sender's last name, with post-1937 letters at the end.

Physical Description

1 box

Constance Buel Burnett: Letters Received, A - B, 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Constance Buel Burnett: Letters Received, C -G, 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Constance Buel Burnett Letters Received: H - P, 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Constance Buel Burnett: Letters Received, R - S, 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Constance Buel Burnett: Letters Received, T - Z and unidentified, 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Constance Buel Burnett: Letters Received, Miscellaneous, 1956-1969. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 TLsS

Physical Description

1 folder

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This series consists of one bound volume filled with writing and artwork by guests that stayed at Maytham Hall, FHB's residence in Kent, England, with entries spanning the years 1898-1913.

Arrangement

The bound guestbook is housed in a folder at the end of the Correspondence series, while the original binding is contained in a flat box.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Maytham Hall Guest Book, 1898-1913. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

AMs, 20 leaves. The title page dedication to FHB is by George Devoll and Edwin Isham (2 American singers who starred in The Beauty Stone at the Savoy Theatre in London from May-July 1898). Includes several amusing sketches and commentary by Poultney Bigelow (1855-1954), head portraits in pencil presumed to be by Frank Richmond Kimbrough, and one ink drawing by Frank Ver Beck (1858-1933). There is also an ink sketch of flowers on the border of a song score signed "G.S." and poem titled "My Lady's Garden (at Maythorne)" signed "Gerrit Smith"(?) (an organist by this name lived from 1859-1912). Notable guest signatures include Richard Watson Gilder (FHB's editor), Arthur H. Scribner, William Heineman, Richard Le Gallienne, Ella Hepworth Dixon, and Laurence Alma Tadema. On Maytham Hall stationery (pasted in) is a pencil sketch of a bird on a tree limb that is captioned "Goodbye! (Henry James thinking of his tea)."

Physical Description

1 folder

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Original binding of Guest Book, circa 1898. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

The materials are wood, leather and metal.

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Consists of works by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Vivian Burnett, as well as clippings and miscellaneous printed materials.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into four subseries: Writings by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Works by Vivian Burnett, Clippings, and Miscellaneous.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of a few printed works of FHB. A few covers may be in FHB's hand.

Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Physical Description

1 box

"The Drury Lane Boys' Club", 1892. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Published by Vivian Burnett on his "The Moon" private press.

Physical Description

1 folder

Dolly, 1877. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Haworth's, 1878-1879. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Serialized in Scribner's Monthly.

Physical Description

1 folder

Surly Tim and Other Stories, 1877. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Theo", 1877. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"There is a reason now for life and death...", undated. 1 folder.
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Poem by FHB printed on silk cloth and enclosed within 2 cardboard pieces tied with a ribbon. The cover has "Poems no. 3" writtten in black ink and a hand colored painting of a lady.

Physical Description

1 folder

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This subseries consists of two published musical compositions by Vivian Burnett.

Arrangement

The items in this subseries are housed in one flat box.

Physical Description

1 box

"Racketty-Packetty House Overture for Orchestra", 1931. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Bound, printed score by VB with his annotations for FHB's final play (produced in 1912)

Physical Description

1 box

"Separation", undated. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Musical score by Vivian Burnett

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This subseries of newspaper and magazine clippings and related photocopied items. The majority of material was removed from a family scrapbook relating to FHB.

Arrangement

The items in this subseries are arranged by subject.

Physical Description

1 box

FHB, Her Life and Work, 1903-2003. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

May 28, 1986, article in the Irving [Texas] Daily News on Penny Deupree, great-granddaughter of FHB, and other FHB-related items collected by or sent to her

Physical Description

1 folder

Libel Suit against FHB, 1915. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 newspaper clippings dating to 1915 about the libel suit brought by Edith's older son Archie Fahnestock's first wife, Annie (Prall), against FHB. These clippings were originally enclosed in TLS dated March 14, 1987, to Mrs. Penny Deupree from Ken [Fahnestock].

Physical Description

1 folder

"My Sister", 1925 July. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Article about FHB by her sister Edith, published in the July 1925 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine (edited by Marguerite Merington).

Physical Description

1 folder

Clippings Related to the FHB Memorial in NYC's Central Park, 1925-1990. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Denver Republican Articles, 1899. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Article clippings by VB removed from his March 26 and April 3, 1899, letters to FHB

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Vivian, 1927-1937. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes obituary clippings from 1937 and an advertisement for VB's The Romantick Lady (1927).

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of brochures, play programs, business cards, and souvenirs.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Obituary Card of Lionel Burnett (1874-1890), 1890. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of the original card. Lionel is buried in the St. Germain Cemetery in Paris, France.

Physical Description

1 folder

King Arthur Play Program, 1895 January 21. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A program from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London that was originally included with FHB's February 5, 1895 letter to VB

Physical Description

1 folder

"The Red Man's Gift, An Indian Pageant Phantasy", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Printed program of a musical pageant by Vivian Burnett, 7 pp.

Physical Description

1 folder

"Souvenir from Gethsemani", undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Printed souvenir card (tree leaf souvenir missing) and envelope (FHB's handwriting?)

Physical Description

1 folder

FHB Souvenir Brochure, New Market, Tennessee, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Souvenir brochure about FHB and the site of her family home in New Market, Tennessee

Physical Description

1 folder

Hodgson Machinery Co. Business Card, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

"B.C. Hodgson" printed on the card is presumably Bert Cecil Hodgson, the son of FHB's older brother John George

Physical Description

1 folder

Esmeralda Inn Brochure, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Brochure of an inn in Chimney Rock, NC that was named after FHB's book, Esmerelda

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

This series consists of photographs of Frances Hodgson Burnett, members of her immediate family, and her residences in England and America.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by subject in one regular size box and in one oversize box.

Physical Description

2 boxes

FHB in Her Younger Years, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 photographs (mounted)

Physical Description

1 folder

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FHB in Her Later Years, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

9 photographs (4 mounted)

Physical Description

1 folder

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Jordan, Edith Hodgson Fahnestock, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 photograph

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Swan, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 photograph

Physical Description

1 folder

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Burnett, Lionel, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 photograph

Physical Description

1 folder

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Burnett, Vivian, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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5 photographs, including 4 dressed up as "Little Lord Fauntleroy"

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1 folder

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Little Lord Fauntleroy Play Programs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 photos of the Little Lord Fauntleroy productions staged at the Broadway Theatre in New York City and at the Boston Museum

Physical Description

1 folder

House on Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, England, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 photo of the exterior of FHB's childhood home

Physical Description

1 folder

Maytham Hall, Rolvenden, Kent, England, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 photo of exterior

Physical Description

1 folder

House at Plandome, in Manhasset, Long Island, New York, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

2 photos of the exterior, 1 photo of interior study (where she wrote The Secret Garden)

Physical Description

1 folder

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Hodgson-Burnett Family Gravestone, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

1 color photograph of FHB's and family gravestone [in Roslyn, NY]. Names engraved on the gravestone are: FHB, Ernest Benjamin Fahnestock, Edith Mary Jordan, Vivian Burnett, and Archer Pleasant Fahnestock. This photo was originally included in a letter to FHB's great-granddaughter, Penny Deupree, from Ken Fahnestock dated March 14, 1987.

Physical Description

1 folder

Burnett, Frances Hodgson, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

FHB reading in her study

Physical Description

1 box

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Burnett, Vivian, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

VB dressed up as "Little Lord Fauntleroy"

Physical Description

1 box

Maytham Hall, dates not examined. 1 box.
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2 photos of the exterior, 4 photos of the gardens (FHB is gardening in 3 of them).

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This series consists of oversize drawings by Reginald Birch (1856-1943), the British-born American artist and illustrator who illustrated several of FHB's books, and James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), the American artist and illustrator.

Arrangement

This series is contained in 1 oversize box.

Physical Description

1 box

Birch, Reginald, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

2 original drawings by Reginald Birch for the first edition of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886). One of the two is for the frontispiece.

Physical Description

1 box

Flagg, James Montgomery, 1921. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

James Montgomery Flagg's signed drawing of FHB (1921)

Physical Description

1 box

Museum Poster, 1979. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Color poster for the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition opening on June 12, 1979, titled "Child Stars Of The New York Stage: Little Evas, Lord Fauntleroys, And Annies"

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This series consists of a few items of clothing preserved by the family of FHB.

Arrangement

This series has been arranged into 4 separate boxes, one box per item of clothing, plus the lace. For reasons of preservation, access to the original clothing is restricted. Please refer to the digital images [add links].

Physical Description

4 boxes

"Little Lord Fauntleroy" Costume #1, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Brown/beige suit of velvet, lace, and silk material, made for VB

Physical Description

1 box

"Little Lord Fauntleroy" Costume #2, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Dark green suit of velvet, lace, and silk material, made for VB

Physical Description

1 box

Green Dress of FHB, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Box of Lace, presumably of FHB, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This open-ended series consists of additions to the original collection.

Arrangement

This series has been arranged by accession number.

Physical Description

1 box

AM 2011-49, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS by Frances Hodgson Burnett to "Dear Mr. Johnson," dated 7 November 1912.

Physical Description

1 folder

AM 2011-50, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

ALS by Frances Hodgson Burnett to [R. W.] Gilder, dated 21 June 1906.

Physical Description

1 folder

AM 2012-101, 1929. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

"Barty Crusoe and His Man Saturday," AMs (incomplete), by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with 2 ALsS by Vivian Burnett, dated 15 and 26 February 1929

Physical Description

1 folder

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