Ritchie, Anne Isabella

Scope and Content

Contains manuscript drafts, typescripts, transcripts and notes, proof sheets and other printed material of many works by Anne Ritchie including essays, autobiographical writings and short stories, c1864-1918.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ann Isabella Ritchie was the elder daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1861), a well-known Victorian novelist. Anne was a prolific novelist, essayist and writer of memoirs. By 1875, The Works of Miss Thackeray had been published in eight volumes (Smith, Elder & Company), extended to 15 volumes by 1866. Most of her critical essays appeared in The Cornhill Magazine . Her first contribution appeared in the magazine's first year, 1860, and most of her fiction appeared serially in the magazine including, The Village on the Cliff , Old Kensington , Miss Angel and Mrs. Dymond . She died in 1919.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Other Finding Aids

Joan Gibbs, Handlist of the Literary Manuscripts of Lady (Anne Isabella) Ritchie in the University of London Library , University of London Library (1981) [Based on notes made for incorporation in vol. II, pp. 1036-43 of Jennie Huie, Anne Thackeray (afterwards Lady Ritchie) , University of London Ph.D. thesis (1961)]

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

East Sussex Record Office, Lewes, holds miscellaneous letters, 1865-1876 (Ref: Locker-Lampson MSS); Surrey History Centre, Woking, has letters to Lucy Etheldred Broadwood, 1894-1909 (Ref: 2185); Dartmouth College Library, New Hampshire, USA, contains correspondence with the Curtis family, 1905-1915 (Ref: NUC MS 71-1013); the Brotherton Library, Leeds University, holds letters to Sir Edmund William Gosse, 1895-1915, and letters to Clement King Shorter; Eton College Library, Windsor, has letters from Fanny (Francis Anne) Kemble, [1861-1888] and correspondence, biographical notes, magazine articles, drafts of poetry etc. and various other manuscript items of Anne Ritchie c1864-1918, (previously held at University of London Library as MS 907) ; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contains letters to Elizabeth, Lady Lewis (Ref: MS Dep c836); Beinecke Library, Yale University, Connecticut, USA, holds letters to the Locker-Lampson family, 1865-1876 (Ref: Locker-Lampson MSS); the British Library, London, holds correspondence with Macmillans, 1884-1916 (Ref: Add MS 54969), and letters from her father, William Makepeace Thackeray, 1843-1859 (Ref: Add MSS 46892-46894); Trinity College Library, Cambridge University, has letters to Henry Sidgwick (Ref: Add Ms c95/144-150); the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, contains letters to Mrs M C M Simpson, [1860-1907] (Ref: Nassau Senior); the National Portrait Gallery Archive, London, holds letters to George Frederic and Mary Watts, 1886-1903; Hove Central Library has letters to Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, and Louisa, Lady Wolseley, 1889-1911 (Ref: Wolseley).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.