[OASIS] Harvard University Library
OASIS: Online Archival Search Information System
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou01419View HOLLIS Record   Frames Version
Questions or Comments   Copyright Statement
HEW 10.13.21F

Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. Robert Louis Stevenson Vailima letters, extra-illustrated, 1890-1894: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harry Elkins Widener Collection
Call No.: HEW 10.13.21F
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.
Title: Robert Louis Stevenson Vailima letters, extra-illustrated,
Date(s): 1890-1894.
Quantity: 1 collection (.33 linear feet (57 items in 4 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscripts inserted into Robert Louis Stevenson, Vailima letters (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910), including letters called the "Vailima letters" and "Pacific letters."

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Forms part of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
These volumes are not housed at the Houghton Library but are shelved in Widener Library in the Harry Elkins Widener Room. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Robert Louis Stevenson Vailima Letters, Extra-illustrated, 1890-1894 (HEW 10.13.21). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Organized by volume.

Scope and Contents

Original full title of this set is: Vailima letters: being correspondence addressed by Robert Louis Stevenson to Sidney Colvin, November 1890-October, 1894. A special title-page inserted in the first volume also names this set: The Vailima and Pacific letters, 1888-1894. Volumes include 57 letters from poet Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) to Sir Sidney Colvin, spanning the dates 1888-1894. Letters are mounted in 4 volumes of full brown morocco gilt, which expanded the set from the original 2 volumes.
The following inventory lists these letters as far as is practical in their present order. Parts of several letters are misbound. Letters nos. 1 - 45 comprise the "Vailima letters"; their numbers correspond to those given them by A.S.W. Rosenbach, A catalogue of the books and manuscripts of Robert Louis Stevenson in the library of the late Harry Elkins Widener, 1913, pp.247-256, no.225. Letters nos. 46-57 are the "Pacific letters" described by Rosenbach, op. cit., p.246, no.224.

Container List