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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2591
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Emerson, Frances White, 1860-1957.
Title: Frances White Emerson correspondence with Geoffrey Keynes,
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily correspondence concerning publication and donation of William Blake manuscripts, between British scholar Sir Geoffrey Keynes and American bibliophile, Frances White Emerson.
William Augustus White (1843-1927) was an American investment banker, book collector, and a great collector of William Blake and of Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights. Upon his death in 1927, his daughter, Frances White Emerson (1860-1957), inherited his collection.Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes (1887-1982) was a British surgeon and literary scholar, and was the brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes. Geoffrey Keynes published on and collected materials of William Blake. It was this interest that brought him into contact with William Augustus White and later with Frances White Emerson. In 1917, Keynes married Margaret Elizabeth (Darwin) Keynes (1890-1974).
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, then by date.
Autograph manuscript and typescript correspondence primarily between Sir Geoffrey Keynes and Frances White Emerson. Also with letters from Sir Frederick George Kenyon, William Augustus White, and Margaret Elizabeth Keynes. Letters concern the donation, reproduction, and publication of William Blake manuscripts from the collection of William Augustus White, later owned by his daughter, Frances White Emerson. Mentions the Nonesuch Press, British Museum, Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum, the Rosenbach Company, and many other topics. Personal topics include health, various trips, family concerns, memberships in clubs, and many other matters.
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