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Maria Edgeworth Papers
Manuscripts Division
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2.0 Linear Feet and 4 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 1-4


Consists primarily of Maria Edgeworth's notebooks and sketchbooks for various literary projects. There is also correspondence between Edgeworth and others, including letters to various publishers concerning the printing of her work, as well as a small amount of miscellaneous material including rent slips, a copy of her poem "Jacob," a copy of a will of a publisher at Baldwin & Craddock, an advertisement for an octavo edition of her work, and a leather carrying case.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection is comprised of literary sketchbooks and notebooks used by Maria Edgeworth, many of which she titled. There is also correspondence between Edgeworth and several others regarding her work, including literary publishers Richard Bentley and R. Hunter, as well as other miscellanous materials such as rent slips, a copy of her poem "Jacob," a copy of a will, an advertisement for an octavo edition, and a small leather carrying case.


As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged by type/genre.

Collection Creator Biography:

Maria Edgeworth was an Anglo-Irish author of adults' and children's literature. Born in Oxfordshire, Maria spent most of her childhood in England. After her mother, Anna Maria Edgeworth (née Elers)'s death, she went to live with her father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, at his estate in County Longford, Ireland. The time she spent in Ireland was impactful, and this was reflected in her writing celebrating Irish culture and it's rejection of English steretypes of Ireland. She is considered one of the first realists in children's literature, and her writing played a significant role in the evolution of the novel in Europe at the time. She also wrote about her views on various topics including economis, politics, estate management, and education, and was well regarded in English literary society. She died in 1849 at Edgeworthstown in Ireland.

Collection History


Purchased from The Cotswold Auction Company in 2020 (AM 2021-30).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2021 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in 2021. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler and Faith Charlton in 2021.

Several items were treated for inactive mold in 2021.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Maria Edgeworth Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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