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Yates, Edmund, 1831-1894
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Edmund Yates Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1865-1926 (mostly 1876-1894)
3 boxes and 1.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of Edmund Yates's correspondence, photographs, and memoranda, as well as papers of others, relating to his founding and editorship of the London newspaper The World.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Yates's correspondence, photographs, and memoranda, as well as papers of others, relating to his founding and editorship of the London newspaper The World. Much of the correspondence is addressed to Charles Thomas, another World editor, and to the newspaper in general, including letters to the editors, cover letters for works submitted for publication, and letters by contributors to the paper's "Acrostics" column, but there are letters by Yates as well. In addition, the collection contains a photograph of Wilkie Collins and newspaper clippings, including some describing Yates's imprisonment for libel in 1885.

Among the papers of others are some letters by a group of minor Victorian novelists, W. B. Maxwell, Mrs. F. Cashel Hoey, Charlotte Riddle, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon. In addition, there are reminiscences of Yates by Braddon, Sir Francis Burnand, Joseph Ashby-Sterry, and "Nemo."

Collection Creator Biography:

Yates, Edmund, 1831-1894

Edmund Yates was an English novelist, and he founded The World, a weekly society newspaper in 1874.

Collection History


Purchased from David Holmes in 1987-1994 and George Robert Minkoff, Inc. in 1993. Additions are a gift of David Holmes in 1955 (AM 88-2, AM 90-110).

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Edmund Yates 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 1-3