[OASIS] Harvard University Library
OASIS: Online Archival Search Information System
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.Hough:hou02295View HOLLIS Record   Frames Version
Questions or Comments   Copyright Statement

On July 16, 2018, OASIS will retire. It will be replaced by HOLLIS for Archival Discovery. Please explore.
MS Thr 834

Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833. Edmund Kean correspondence, 1791-1836: 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 Thr 834
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833.
Title: Edmund Kean correspondence,
Date(s): 1791-1836, (bulk) 1826-1828.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English..
Abstract: Correspondence of English actor Edmund Kean and other papers related to him.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2007MT-10r. Gifts from unknown sources; received: ca. 1932-1934.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Genna Duplisea
The curatorial file contains clippings from auction and autograph dealer's catalogues, letter descriptions, and other materials related to the collecting of Kean correspondence.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edmund Kean Correspondence, 1791-1836 (MS Thr 834). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Other correspondence by Kean to various correspondents can be found in Kean family autograph collection : scrapbook, 1814-1874 (*2007MT-9r).

Biographical / Historical

Edmund Kean (1787-1833) was an English actor associated with the Drury Lane Theatre. An affair with Charlotte Cox, the wife of prominent alderman Robert Cox, led to an adultery trial against Kean in 1825 and his subsequent travel outside of England. Kean returned to the English stage in 1827 and remained acting until shortly before his death in May 1833. With Mary (Chambers) Kean he was the father of actor Charles Kean (1811-1868).


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes Kean's correspondence dated 1810-1832, about half of which is dated 1827, the year Kean returned to acting at Drury Lane Theatre. Many of the letters written by members of the public are congratulatory or are requests for charity; a few others are between Kean and notable colleagues or patrons such as his wife Mary Kean, actor Charles Kemble, and Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. Also includes a small number of third-party letters (1791-1836) mentioning Kean or related to his life, as well as some research materials and ephemera.

Container List