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Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896
John Everett Millais Letters to His Daughter Effie
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists primarily of a series of over forty autograph letters by the English artist John Evereet Millais to his daughter Effie.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a series of over forty autograph letters signed by Millais to his daughter Effie, prefaced by a poem "To Effie" opening "O for the days when her schooling is over"; plus an autograph letter to her father-in-law, Judge Sir William James, two studio photographs of Millais, a signed Carte d'Exposant for the Exposition Universelle de 1878, and a lock of Millais's hair ("cut off at Birnam, October 1874""). A number of the letters bear pen-and-ink sketches; others address his paintings. Disbound from the original volume (covers retained, titled "Millais' Letters to his Daughter Effie"). Several signatures have been excised, a few letters are incomplete, and one apparently was removed from the album at an early date. The letters date from Kensington, Perthshire, and elsewhere.


The files are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896

ohn Everett Millais was painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His daughter Effie was one of his favorite models.

Collection History


Purchased in 2013 .


Nothing was discarded or transferred in the processing of this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in January 2014. Finding aid written by John Delaney in January 2014.

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:

John Everett Millais Letters to His Daughter Effie; 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