Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Drawings, 1890-1987 January 19

11 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of original drawings of Aubrey Beardsley as well as information regarding the drawings.


This series is arranged into three subseries: Information About the Matted Drawings, Original Drawings, Unmatted, Original Drawings, Matted & Loose.

Collection History

Custodial History

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


These books have been transferred to the Rare Books Division:

King, A. W. (Arthur William): An Aubrey Beardsley Lecture...., London, R. A. Walker, 1924, #140 of 500, signed by R. A. Walker

Reade, Brian: Aubrey Beardsley, an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1966.

Reade, Brian, compiler: Aubrey Beardsley: an Exhibition Arranged by Brian Reade for the Gallery of Modern Art, Foundation for Modern Art, New York, 1967

Walker, R. A., editor: Letters from Aubrey Beardsley to Leonard Smithers, The First Edition Club, Chiswick Press, London, 1937.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz in 1996. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz in 1996.

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

In 2022, restrictions on materials where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Drawings; Aubrey Beardsley Collection, C0056, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-2; 6
  • Firestone Library (hsvm): Boxes 8-14; 14A

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Related Materials

General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection (C0140) Bea - Bek: Beardsley, Woman Looking Over her Shoulder

Robert Taylor Collection (RTC01) Drawer IV: Le Morte D'Arthur - Vol. 1, Book 1, chapter XVIII and Le Morte D'Arthur - Vol. 2, Book 9, chapter XII

Graphic Arts Collection(GAX): Gallatin, A. E. Aubrey Beardsley Catalogue of Drawings, London, 1903, Portrait of Rejane


The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Grove Art Online.

Gallatin, A.E. (Albert Eugene), 1881-1952