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MS Thr 560

Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-3, 1863-1938: Guide.

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Last update on 2014 July 15

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 560
Creator: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
Title: Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-3,
Date(s): 1863-1938,
Date(s): (bulk) 1890-1933.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 volume in 1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: The third of six photograph albums compiled by English writer, Virginia Woolf.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jennifer Lyons and Alison Drew Harris.

Acquisition Information:

No accession number. Gift of Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson) Koch, received: 1983 March.

Access Restrictions:

Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Virginia Woolf Monk's House Photograph Album, MH-3, 1863-1938 (MS Thr 560). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Virginia Woolf (1882 –1941) was an English novelist, essayist, diarist, publisher, feminist, and writer of short stories.
Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album (MH-3) was most likely arranged originally by Virginia Woolf as well as possibly Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell and other family members.
Most of the albums are missing photographs that may now be located in the loose photographs listed below in the cataloging. These images may have been removed to serve as illustrations for Leonard Woolf's publications as well as A marriage of two minds by George Spater and Ian Parsons.


The albums were numbered one through six when gifted by Frederick R. Koch to the Houghton Library in 1983. This order was retained in the repository. Photographs are numbered in order of appearance in the album. In addition, the recto of pages are numbered in order of appearance in the album. Pages devoid of any photographs are not numbered.Photographs found loose inside the album were removed to a separate folder. The original location is documented in the cataloging. Titles devised by cataloger.

Scope and Content

The majority of the photographs in this album are snapshots possibly taken by Virginia Woolf or by her friends and family. The rest of the photographs include portraits or scenic landscapes of their homes or from their travels. The subject of the majority of the photographs are family and friends of Virginia Woolf. Subjects include Virginia Woolf, Clive Bell, Julian Bell, Quentin Bell, Vanessa Bell, T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, Vivienne Eliot, E. M. (Edward Morgan) Forster, Roger Eliot Fry, Angelica Garnett, Duncan Grant, John Maynard Keynes, John Lehmann, Lydia Lopokova, Julia Duckworth Stephen, Sir Leslie Stephen, Lytton Strachey, and V. (Victoria) Sackville-West.
Some locations of the photographs were identified. Many of these are the homes of Leonard and Virginia Woolf including Monk's House (Rodmell, England). A few photographs were taken at the home of Virginia Woolf's sister called Charleston Farmhouse (West Firle, England). In addition, a few photographs were taken at the childhood summer home of Virginia Woolf, Talland House, St. Ives (Cornwall, England). Other locations include the home, Garsington Manor (Garsington, England), of Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck Morrell as well as the Elizabeth Bowen's home, Bowen's Court (Cork, Ireland). Virginia and Leonard Woolf also documented their vacations including a trip in 1932-1933 to Greece and Italy with Roger Eliot Fry and his sister, Margery Fry.

Separated Material

For other Monk's House photographs see: MS Thr 557, MS Thr 559, MS Thr 561, MS Thr 562, MS Thr 563, MS Thr 564.


Humm, Maggie. Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The private lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2006.) Smith, Martin Ferguson (2011). Virginia Woolf's Second Visit to Greece (New in English Studies, 92: 1, p. 55-83.)

Container List

Monk's House Album III is bound in patterned paper with ties and measures 26 x 33 centimeters. The inner pages are white and measure 25 x 32 centimeters.