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Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Forman Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and literary material of H. Buxton Forman, his brother Alfred, and his son Maurice.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence and literary material of H. Buxton Forman, his brother Alfred, and his son Maurice. Correspondents include J. S. Cushing, James Thayer Gerould, Paul Lemperly, John Sampson, and A. H. Warren. Also included is a copy of "Genesis, The Seven Days of the Created World," a poem attributed to William Blake.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Forman, H. Buxton (Harry Buxton), 1842-1917

Harry Buxton Forman was born in Camberwell, England, in 1842. His literary career began in 1869 with a series of articles in Tinsley's Magazine which were reprinted in 1871 as Our Living Poets. Other works include Poetical Works and Other Writings of John Keats in four volumes, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Her Scarcer Books (1896), and Hitherto Unpublished Poems and Stories by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1914). Forman and Thomas James Wise were implicated in a commercial forgery scheme spanning the years 1886 to 1916. During this period, they produced over fifty forgeries, specializing in British poetry and literary works of the nineteenth century. Many of their fabrications were cleverly manufactured owing to Forman's vast knowledge of the printing trade. His elder brother, Alfred William Forman (1840-1925), also a man of letters, was born in London on 13 September 1840. He became interested in Richard Wagner, and translated the libretto of Der Ring des Nibelunge which was privately printed (1873-1875) and favorably received by Wagner. Maurice Buxton Forman, Harry's youngest and favorite son, followed in his father's footsteps. After finishing college, he tried several jobs before ending up at the Post Office. Maurice was well acquainted with his father's literary work and friends. He and Thomas James Wise sorted the Buxton Forman Collection after his father's death in 1917, prior to its sale as part of the estate.

Collection History


Various AM.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 16, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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:

Forman Family 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