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Blackmore, R. D., (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900
R. D. Blackmore Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1630-1956 (mostly 1873-1899)
1 box and 0.45 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


The collection contains 120 letters, which is mostly personal correspondence, by English novelist and poet R. D. Blackmore.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 120 letters by Blackmore, most of which is personal correspondence. Four autograph manuscripts are included in the collection; one is a short prose work on the difficulties of translation, and three are Blackmore's translations of passages from Homer's ODYSSEY and Virgil's GEORGICS. Among the photographs of Blackmore, one is inscribed, signed, and dated 1893. There are also several documents in the collection relating to the author's ancestors: one, dated 1630, pertains to the leasing of property; another is a pronouncement issued by George III regarding a legal case of Richard Blackmore (1742-1802).

Collection Creator Biography:

Blackmore, R. D., (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900

Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900) was an English novelist and poet.

Collection History


Purchased from Antiquarian Bookseller Center and Pickering and Chatto in 1977.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

R. D. Blackmore Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1