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Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Charles Lamb Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected letters and manuscripts by and about the English essayist and poet Charles Lamb, as well as twelve of Lamb's letters to Maria Fryer and others.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected letters and manuscripts by and about Lamb, as well as twelve of Lamb's letters to Maria Fryer and others. The collection includes an autograph manuscript of his poem "To Louisa Martin," signed and dated 1830. Writers of letters about Lamb include Mary Lamb, Henry James (1843-1916), William Hone, and Luther Livingston. There are also photostatic copies of notes in the hands of both Lamb and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834.

Charles Lamb was an influential English essayist and poet, and a close friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Collection History


Various sources, see individual folders for more information.

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. The Luther Livingston letter was "pulled" from "Priscilla Farmer" (presumably a book?).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication 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 RBSC 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:

Charles Lamb Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1