Series 4: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 1280-1599

24 items

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of manuscripts, letters, and documents of numerous and varied authors and artists that span nearly five centuries of English and American literature. There is a variety of related material, such as such as artwork, illustrated albums, letterbooks, and photographs.

Authors most extensively represented include the so-called "Taylor authors"-Max Beerbohm (with numerous caricatures and drawings, correspondence and manuscripts), Alexander Pope, Richard Brinsley Sheridan; George Gordon Byron, and Anthony Trollope.

Other writers significantly represented in the collection, with regard to manuscripts and/or letters, are: the Brontë family (Anne, Charlotte, and Patrick), Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Benjamin Robert Haydon, Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Alfred Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, the Trollope family (Frances Milton, Henry Merivale, T. Adolphus, and Frances Eleanor), Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf. The major artists include William Blake, Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), George Cruikshank, Edward Lear, John Everett Millais, William Makepeace Thackeray, and J. M. W. Turner.

Note: A listing of Taylor Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (Series 4) is included as a reference for researchers, but full textual and codicological descriptions of them will eventually be published in a "Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library."


Arranged numerically by Taylor manuscript number. Note: number 8 was vacated.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2003 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Sylvia Yu and Teresa Basler in 2002-2003. Finding aid written by Sylvia Yu and Teresa Basler in 2002-2003.

Finding aid updated periodically with new accessions by Kelly Bolding, Faith Charlton, and Chloe Pfendler, 2013-2017.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is 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:

Series 4: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts; Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature, RTC01, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Publication Note:

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, ed. Don C. Skemer. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012. For brief overviews, see John V. Fleming, "Medieval Manuscripts in the Taylor Library," Princeton University Library Chronicle, vol. 38 (1977), pp. 107-119; Jean F. Preston, "More Taylor Medieval Manuscripts," Princeton University Library Chronicle, vol. 47, no. 2 (1986), pp. 261-264; and Adelaide Bennett, Jean F. Preston, and William P. Stoneman, Summary Guide to Western Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Princeton University (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1991), pp. 55-56.

Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956
Byron, George Gordon Byron, baron, 1788-1824
Pope, Alexander. 1688-1744.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816.
Strachey, Lytton, 1880-1932.
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863.
Trollope, Anthony
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.