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MS Thr 563

Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-6, circa 1850-1900: Guide.

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Last update on 2014 April 15

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 563
Creator: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
Title: Virginia Woolf Monk's House photograph album, MH-6,
Date(s): circa 1850-1900 and undated.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 volume in 1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: The sixth of six photograph albums compiled by English writer, Virginia Woolf.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jennifer Lyons.

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.

Use Restrictions:

Images linked to this finding aid are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Virginia Woolf Monk's House Photograph Album, MH-6, circa 1850-1900 (MS Thr 563). 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 (no. 1) 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. Titles of photographs have been devised by cataloger. Photographs found loose inside the album were removed to a separate folder. The original location is documented in the cataloging.

Scope and Content

All of the photographs in the Monk's House Photograph album MH-6 are portraits. The portraits are of public figures, many of whom were personally known by the Woolf and Stephen families. The photographs include portraits of Sarah Bernhardt, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, William Gaskell, W. E. (William Ewart) Gladstone, Henry James, Abraham Lincoln, Baron Alfred Tennyson, Dame Ellen Terry and other famous men and women of the time period. This album does not contain any photographs of Virginia Woolf although she and her family members collected them.

Separated Material

For other Monk's House photographs see: MS Thr 557, MS Thr 559, MS Thr, 560, MS Thr 561, MS Thr 562, 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. )

Container List

Monk's House Album VI is a small, green album in a ring binder with brown cardboard leaves.