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Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890
William Bell Scott Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence and obituaries of the nineteenth-century English poet, painter, and art critic William Bell Scott. He was a friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and was accepted by the Pre-Raphaelites.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of correspondence by William Bell Scott to Cosmo Monkhouse, with one letter by Scott to art historian Mary Margaret Heaton, and four letters by painter Alice Boyd (Scott's life partner and mistress) to Monkhouse shortly after Scott's death. Furthermore, there are three manuscripts by Monkhouse (two transcriptions of Scott's poetry and an obituary draft), two manuscripts by an unknown hand (obituaries), and a printed announcement of Scott's death.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, and AMsS = autograph manuscript signed.


The collection has been organized alphabetically by author and material type, except for the letters by Scott, which are organized alphabetically by recipient.

Collection Creator Biography:

Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890

William Bell Scott was a poet, painter, and art critic. He was a friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and was accepted by the Pre-Raphaelites.

Collection History


Purchased in 2003 with funds from the Richard M. Ludwig Endowment donated by Michael Spence.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004.

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:

William Bell Scott 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