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- Ryskamp, Charles, 1928-
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Charles Ryskamp Collection of William Cowper
- Manuscripts Division
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- 12 boxes and 4.8 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-12
Consists of Xerox copies of works and correspondence by William Cowper collected by Princeton professor and scholar Charles Ryskamp, as well as correspondence, notebooks, and miscellaneous material of Neilson Campbell Hannay, another Cowper scholar and collector.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of Xerox copies of works and correspondence by William Cowper collected by Ryskamp, as well as correspondence, notebooks, and miscellaneous material of Neilson Campbell Hannay, a Cowper scholar and collector. There are copies of Cowper's works at the Huntington, Yale University, and Bodleian Libraries, letters at Princeton (1783-1799), including some in the Hannay Collection, and letters not at Princeton (1790-1799). The collection contains original correspondence (1925-1961) between Hannay and Cowper scholars, collectors, and manuscripts dealers, including M. King Martyn, Catharine Barham Johnson, and Kenneth Povey. There are four notebooks kept by Hannay listing autograph letters by Cowper in Hannay's possession, miscellaneous data relating to Cowper and his circle, a list of negatives of Cowper material, a bibliography, and Xeroxes of miscellaneous research material. Also included are photographs of Cowper's portraits, family, and friends, and topographical photographs relating to Cowper. In addition, there are negative plates of Hannay's Cowperiana, printed matter such as Sotheby's catalogues, and newspaper clippings.
An addition to the collection consists of one bound volume of material compiled by Frances Jane Monckton: containing nine letters and eight poems, 1815-1820, written by the English poet William Hayley (1745-1820) and sent to Frances Jane Monckton and occasionally her sister Eliza; one undated poem, "Beau's Reply" in the hand of William Cowper; and one poem, 1852, by Monckton on the presentation of the volume to her nephew, Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885). A box of additional copies of Cowper letters and manuscripts, as well as original correspondence of Thomas (founder of the Cowper Museum) and Angelina Wright, is included.
Arranged in this order: works (Xeroxes), correspondence in the Princeton Library (1783-1799), correspondence not in the Princeton Library (1750-1799); Hannay material--correspondence (1925-1961), notebooks, miscellaneous material, and negative plates of Cowperiana pictures.
- Collection Creator Biography:
A graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Charles Ryskamp taught ? at Princeton. For seventeen years he was the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, followed by nine years heading The Frick Collection, from which he retired in 1996.
Gift of Charles Ryskamp.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- 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.
- Other Finding Aids:
A box and folder list (3 pp.) is available in the Dept.
- Credit this material:
Charles Ryskamp Collection of William Cowper; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Collectors and collecting -- United States -- 20th century.
English poetry -- 18th century.
Poets, English -- 18th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Cowper, William, 1731-1800
Cowper, William, 1731-1800
Hannay, Neilson Campbell, 1880-1962
Hayley, William, 1745-1820
Monckton, Frances Jane, compiler