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Rigby, George S., Jr.
George S. Rigby, Jr., Collection of Anthony Trollope
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 0.83 linear feet
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Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001087 to B-001088, P-000098


Consists of primarily correspondence of author Anthony Trollope and associates, as well as manuscript material, photographs, and drawings of Trollope.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection primarily consists of correspondence of Anthony Trollope and various associates/family members. There are 122 autographed letters, which are mainly business-related in nature and discuss various aspects of the literary and publishing world. Notable correspondents include author Thomas Hughs, publisher Nicholas Trübner, journalist George W. Smalley, Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, and the Scottish novelist Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant. Additionally, the collection also contains autograph envelopes, notes, and documents. An unfinished holograph manuscript of Trollope's 1860 novel Castle Richmond, and a manuscript leaf of an article written by Henry James discussing Trollope (and later published in The Century Magazine, July 1883) are included as well.

There are several photographs and illustrations of Trollope in the collection, including an caricature of Trollope by French artist "Sem" [Georges Goursat (1863-1934)]. There is also a folder of printed ephemera connected to Trollope and his writing.

A group of related publications and printed editions of Trollope's work were also donated as part of the Rigby Collection. They will be cataloged and included in the Rare Book Division and the records will be available through Princeton University Library's catalog.

Collection Creator Biography:

Rigby, George S., Jr.

George S. Rigby, Jr., was born on 27 April 1937, and raised in Media, Pennsylvania. He was educated in Media public schools, graduated from Asbury University (1959), and the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, B. Div. (1963) and M. Div. (1972). Rigby was ordained to the United Methodist Church ministry in 1960 and served six churches in eastern Pennsylvania until his retirement in 2002. Since he retired, the Rev. George S. Rigby, Jr., has served as minister-of-visitation for a church in Aston. Pennsylvania. Rigby has had an interest in collecting since childhood. He began collecting holographic material of English and American authors, then in 1980 began to focus on Anthony Trollope, beginning with the purchase of a Trollope autograph letter from the George MacManus Company, Philadelphia, through David Holmes, then head of the latter firm's manuscripts department. Holmes subsequently became an independent antiquarian bookseller. Until his death in 2016, Holmes was the sole source of all the Trollope material in the Rigby Collection. A few items were later purchased from Holmes daughter, Sarah Holmes Bookbinder. Rigby donated the Trollope Collection to the Princeton University Library in 2017 so that it could be "maintained as a unit and preserved in a facility suitable for its care, and in an institution which contained material consonant with [his collection]."

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London and had a long career (1834-67) with the Post Office and traveled widely abroad on missions (Egypt, West Indies, United States). He wrote 47 novels, which included Barchester Towers (1857) in his highly popular "Bartsetshire" series. Trollope also authored several travel books, short stories, biographies, and an autobiography (1875-76) that was published posthumously in 1883.

Collection History


Gift of George S. Rigby, Jr., in September 2017 (AM 2018-29).


No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in October 2017. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in October 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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:

George S. Rigby, Jr., Collection of Anthony Trollope; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001087 to B-001088, P-000098

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Related Materials

For additional material related to Anthony Trollope, consult the Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature (RTC01) and the M. L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists (C0171), both of which are housed in the Princeton Unviersity Library's Manuscripts Division.

Subject Terms:
Authors and publishers--19th century.
Authors, English--19th century--Correspondence.
Novelists, English--19th century--Correspondence.
Genre Terms:
Cabinet photographs
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Correspondence -- 19th century
Trollope, Anthony