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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 (mss): 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


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 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:

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 (mss): Box 1