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- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections and Troxell, Janet Camp
- Janet Camp Troxell Collection of Rossetti Manuscripts
- Manuscripts Division
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- 1832-1965 (mostly 1860-1900)
- 38 boxes and 17.1 linear feet
Contains over 3000 manuscripts relating to the Rossetti's and their friends. While Dante Gabriel is the central figure, his brother and sisters (William Michael, Christina Georgina, Maria Francesca) are also represented, as are several other members of the Polidori/Rossetti families. The material in the collection was acquired by Janet (Camp) Troxell between 1930 and 1965.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Troxell Collection contains over 3000 manuscripts relating to the Rossettis and their friends. While Dante Gabriel is the central figure, his brother and sisters (William Michael, Christina Georgina, Maria Francesca) are also represented, as are several other members of the Polidori/Rossetti families. Other research interests amply supported by the collection include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Victorian art, poetry, and literature.
A general summary of the Rossetti material follows: I. Christina-many AMss of her poems, the AMs of Commonplace and Other Stories, over 60 letters, a lock of hair, and various photographs, portraits, and newspaper clippings. II. Dante-numerous AMss of poems, including "Eden Bower," The House of Life, other sonnets and lyrics; proofs to stages of Poems, before and after the exhumation of his manuscript from his wife's grave; over 250 letters; memorabilia, newspaper clippings, photographs, portraits, and supplementary material. III. Maria-11 letters and supplementary material. IV. William-AMss, including his introduction to the P.R.B. Journal; over 200 letters, 3 documents, and 1 photograph.
Papers of other persons in the Rossetti "circle," or family friends, include correspondence of manuscripts from Mackenzie Bell, including the AMs and printer's galleys for his biography of Christina; Ford Madox Brown; Robert Browning; Edward Burne-Jones, including drawings and sketches; Hall Caine, including the AMs of Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti; William Holman Hunt; William Morris, William Bell Scott (sizable correspondence); Algernon Charles Swinburne; and Theodore Watts-Dunton. In addition, there are 5 boxes of Janet Troxell material, primarily notes, correspondence, and articles about the collection. Information about the book portion of the troxell Collection can be obtained from the Rare Books Department.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Janet Camp Troxell was a scholar who conducted and published studies of the Rossetti family, featuring Dante Gabriel Rosetti, a British author and painter, but also focusing on other members of the Polidori/Rossetti clan.
The material in the collection was acquired by Janet (Camp) Troxell between 1930 and 1965. Sizable portions of it are due to her acquisition of the Mackenzie Bell archive of material relating to Christina Rossetti and much of the William Bell Scott archive sold at Sotheby's (London) on March 10-11, 1952.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed in 1996. Finding aid written in 1996.
Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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.
- Credit this material:
Janet Camp Troxell Collection of Rossetti Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Publication Note:
The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: WilsonWeb: Biography from British Authors of the 19th Century (1936).
- Subject Terms:
- Artists -- England -- 19th century.
English poetry -- 19th century.
Poets, English -- 19th century.
- Genre Terms:
Commonplace books -- 19th century
Diaries -- 19th century.
Drawings -- 19th century.
Letters -- 19th century.
Poems -- 19th century.
- Rossetti family.
Bell, Mackenzie, 1856-1930
Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882.
Rossetti, William Michael, 1829-1919