Transcripts of Papers of John Ruskin

Scope and Content

Transcripts of letters and papers of John Ruskin, mainly typescript, with some manuscript notes, made for E.T. Cook and A.D.O. Wedderburn, editors of The works of Ruskin (London & New York, 1903-12). The transcripts were made while the papers were in the possession of the Severn family at Brantwood; many of them are not included in the Works. The transcripts include:  

  • Letters to various correspondents, with copies of some letters to Ruskin, 1837-88, n.d.
  • Letters to Ruskin from Thomas Carlyle, 1851-73
  • Diaries, including copies of sketches, 1835-85
  • Various writings, including fragmentary drafts and notes, 1830-88, n.d.
  • Cuttings from newspapers, periodicals, sale catalogues etc. relating to Ruskin

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edward Tyas Cook (1857-1919) was a journalist (details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography). Alexander Dundas Ogilvy Wedderburn. John Ruskin (1819-1900) was an author, artist and social reformer (details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography).

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The transcripts were given to the Library by A.D.O. Wedderburn in 1936.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 40788-849.


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