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Patmore, Coventry, 1823-1896
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Coventry Patmore Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1803-1935 (mostly 1823-1896)
2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists primarily of some 200 letters written to and by English poet and critic Coventry Patmore.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Collection Creator Biography:

Patmore, Coventry, 1823-1896

English poet Coventry Patmore was a librarian by profession, and originally an Anglican by creed, but he later converted to Catholicism. Inspired by his new religion, he composed some of his best religious poetry, prolific in both quality and quantity.

Collection History


Most of the collection was purchased from John Hart in 2007. Transcripts of letters by Patmore, photographs, etc. are a gift of Derek Patmore.

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 major portion of material, however, came directly from Derek Patmore, Coventry's great-grandson.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

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.

Credit this material:

Coventry Patmore Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
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