Papers of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), and the Edgeworth family, 17th-19th century

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 696-747, d. 529-32; Eng. misc. a. 30, b. 432, c. 894-905, d. 1299-1307, e. 1459-77, f. 859-62, g. 356; Eng. poet. c. 83, d. 255, e. 187-90; Facs. c. 98-9; Photogr. c. 6, g. 2-4
  • Dates of Creation
      17th century-19th century (predominantly 1778-1886)
  • Language of Material
      English, and French.
  • Physical Description
      115 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Correspondence and literary papers of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), with papers of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Michael Pakenham Edgeworth and other members of the Edgeworth family, mainly 1778-1886.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection comprises papers of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), novelist and children's writer, Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), author, Michael Pakenham Edgeworth (1812-1881), botanist, and other members of the Edgeworth family. For a bibliography of the works of Maria Edgeworth, see Bertha Coolidge Slade, Maria Edgeworth, 1767-1849, a bibliographical tribute (London, 1937). For a biography of Maria Edgeworth, see Marilyn Butler, Maria Edgeworth - a literary biography (Oxford, 1972). Details can also be found in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library, 1982-7.


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

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Alternative Form Available

For conservation reasons, microfilms are to be consulted in place of the original papers.

Related Material

See also the Albums of the Edgeworth and Fox families (MSS. Eng. c. 6068-70, d. 2915), and the Beddoes and Edgeworth Family Papers (Dep. c. 134-7).