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MS Eng 1647

Stevens-Cox, James, collector. James Stevens-Cox collection of William Barnes, 1825-1988: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1647
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Stevens-Cox, James, collector.
Title: James Stevens-Cox collection of William Barnes,
Date(s): 1825-1988.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 pf box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, and other materials by and about the Dorset poet, William Barnes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2008M-32, 2008M-89, and 2008M-90. Purchased with the Amy Lowell Trust, the Louis J. Appell Jr. Fund for British Civilization in the Harvard College Library, the Livingston Fund, and the Edward and Bertha C. Rose Acquisition Fund; received: 2008 October 16.


2008M-32 is listed in the JS-C sale catalogue as item numbers 172, 181-198, 200-201, 218-221, 260 and four unnumbered.
2008M-89 is listed in the JS-C sale catalogue as: "272 Levy (Rev. William Turner) William Barnes; the man and the poems. Sold with this copy is a file of letters to Levy. This was purchased by JSC in America. Includes originals for the plates in the book, Mark van Doren's draft of his Foreword ('will this do?'), letters from T. S. Eliot, Geoffrey Grigson, Edith Baxter & Lucy E. Barnes Baxter [Leader Scott], Bessie Pafford [personal recollections of WB; partly quoted at pp. 66-7), Littleton Powys (ditto, pp. 163-64) and copies of letters from WB to William Allingham ... " Also called: "Barnes Levy file."
2008M-90 is listed in the JS-C sale catalogue as: "272 Levy (Rev. William Turner) William Barnes; the man and the poems. ... Also included is a file of press cuttings and miscellanea on Barnes, from the collection of JSC."

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Stevens-Cox Collection of William Barnes, 1825-1988 (MS Eng 1647). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Other printed portions of this purchase were accessioned as *2008-1500-1775, and were cataloged separately in HOLLIS.

Biographical / Historical

William Barnes (1801-1886) of Dorset was a self-educated schoolmaster, clergyman, philologist, artist, and poet. He married Julia Miles in 1827. Barnes did write poetry in "standard" English, but is known especially for his dialect poems.
James Stevens-Cox (1910-1997) was an author and antiquarian who collected materials on William Barnes.
William Turner Levy (1922-2008) was an educator and author. He wrote: William Barnes : the man and the poems. Longmans (Dorchester), 1960.


For detailed listing of the James Stevens-Cox collection see: Maggs Bros. William Barnes, 1801-86: the James Stevens-Cox collection, 2008. *EC85.B2638.Q2008m and MS Ref-90. References to this book in this guide is: "JS-C #."


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Scope and Contents

Papers of William Barnes that were part of the sale of the James Stevens-Cox collection. Collection includes original Barnes materials: autograph manuscript music; autograph manuscript letters to family, friends, and colleagues; proofs of wood engravings; original drawings; and images of Barnes and related locales created by others. Image materials include: photographs, cartes-de-visite, cabinet photographs, daguerreotypes, drawings, and printed materials.
Includes correspondence and other papers about William Barnes collected by antiquarian and dealer, James Stevens-Cox, and correspondence assembled by author William Turner Levy as he wrote William Barnes: the man and the poems. Levy's papers include replies to his inquiries about Barnes, a letter from T. S. Eliot, and an essay by Mark Van Doren intended as a prefatory note for the book. Also with clippings and photographs related to Levy's book.
Also includes letters from Charles William Dale to Barnes.

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