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Founded in 1969 by Norman H. and Charlotte Strouse, the museum has a wide-ranging collection including letters (7 volumes of Fanny’s letters, some of Stevenson’s childhood letters, the galley proofs of Colvin’s 1899 edition of the Letters); manuscripts (including Lloyd Osbourne’s Casco diary; 38 poems and verse fragments; notebooks and notebook pages; a page of the draft of Jekyll and Hyde and a page of the final manuscript; 'Note' to The Master of Ballantrae; 'A Mountain Town in France'; notebook with 'On the Art of Literature'; version of 'Lay Morals'; Notes on Niue (Savage Island, Janet Nichol cruise 1890); single leaf containing part of ch 6 of Weir of Hermiston; Sam Osbourne's 1876 scrapbook with many of Belle's drawings of the life of art students in Grez and Paris); photocopies of the Monterey Scrapbooks; first editions; paintings (including works by Fanny Stevenson and Joe Strong), sculptures, photographs; his marriage license and wedding ring and other memorabilia (including S’s lead soldiers and the desk at which he worked) and over a hundred books from his library in Samoa (including the Hokusai books he bought with his payment for Treasure Island).
No published catalogue; incomplete catalogue at the museum.
Contact: Dorothy Mackay-Collin, Director, or Linda Brown, Assistant Director. Email: email@example.com
Significant collection of
personal items (including Stevenson’s pipe, fishing rod, ring, riding boots and
cap, and the ‘Davos’ printing press on which he and Lloyd produced Moral
Emblems and The Graver and the Pen), manuscripts (including many of
Stevenson’s letters to W.E. Henley and Alison Cunningham; 5 poems), paintings
(including a portrait by Nerli) and an extensive archive of photographs
relating to the life and work of Robert Louis Stevenson. Photocopies of the
See: Elaine Greig (2005). ‘Unfinished Business’. Textualities. http://textualities.net/collecting/collections/greige01.php. A presentation of the Stevenson collection at the Edinburgh Writers’ Museum along with appropriate quotations.
Andrew & Ronald Davies [or:
Contact: Elaine Greig, Curator. Tel: +44/131/529 4064; Fax: +44/131/220 5057; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stevenson stayed here with his mother, Fanny, and Lloyd from October 1887 to April 1888. While here he wrote several essays for Scribner’s Magazine (‘A Chapter on Dreams’, ‘The Lantern Bearers’, ‘Beggars’, ‘Pulvis et Umbra’, ‘Gentlemen’, ‘Some Gentlemen in Fiction’, ‘Popular Authors’, all later included in Across the Plains); he began writing The Master of Ballantrae; and he and Lloyd worked on The Wrong Box. It was during his stay here that he quarrelled with his friend and collaborator W.H. Henley.
The first Stevenson museum to open (1915), it received donations from Lloyd and Belle after the death of Fanny. The Museum contains the original furniture from Stevenson’s stay, books and ms materials from the Stevenson Society of America (seven albums of photographs and newspaper cuttings), two of Stevenson’s mother’s scrapbooks of reviews (and photocopies of the Monterey Scrapbooks), paintings, photographs, Davos woodcut blocks, and memorabilia (boots and beaver coat worn at Saranac; velvet jacket; a yachting cap from the South Seas period); bronze plaque by Gutzon Borglum (1916). The mantelpiece has burns where Stevenson left and forgot lighted cigarettes.
The Scrapbooks are: Scrapbook I (1874-1881, with large
sections on An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey),
Scrapbook III (1886-7, with much on Jekyll and Hyde and Kidnapped),
Scrapbook VII (‘1894: In Memoriam’). The Museum also has another scrapbook
presented by Col. Walter Scott with a multitude of interesting articles
spanning decades. (Four other scrapbooks are at
Contact: Michael Delahant, Resident Curator. Tel. 518/891-1462 email@example.com. The Museum is also open throughout the year by special appointment with the Resident Curator.
Girardin’s French House where RLS lived from September to December 1879, waiting for Fanny’s divorce and working on The Amateur Emigrant, ‘Pavilion on the Links’, and his essay on Thoreau. It is now a memorial museum containing articles of furniture, first editions, manuscripts, Stevenson’s mother’s scrapbooks, Fanny’s painting of the bridge at Grez, portraits of Stevenson (by Fanny, Joe Strong and A.J. Daplyn), Fanny’s Samoa diary, four of Stevenson’s mother’s scrapbooks of reviews, photographs and memorabilia given by members of his family.
The six Scrapbooks (Field/Strong Collection iv.8, Boxes 9-12) are:
Monterey 1 (Dec. 1881- Feb. 6 1886); Monterey 2 (Sept 7 1887-Nov 11 1890);
Monterey 3 ‘Mostly Biographical material on the Stevensons & Balfours’;
Monterey 4 (June 19 1889 -Apr 15 1893); Monterey 5 (May 14 1893 - Nov 22 1894).
(Three other Scrapbooks are at Saranac; 1876-81, 1886-7 and 1894 'in memoriam')
There is also an index (Stevenson House Administrative Records,
On first arrival in
Contact: Kris Quist, Curator: (831) 647-6206 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tusitala resided in
On 5 December 1994, one
hundred years after the death and burial of R.L.S., The Robert Louis Stevenson
Museum/Preservation Foundation dedicated the completely restored building of
Vailima and opened it to the public as the
Donors of R.L.S-related materials and historical artifacts are actively solicited. R.L.S. titles, especially rare and first editions are being collected currently.
Information at: http://www.rlsmuseum.com/
One of the
rooms is dedicated to Stevenson and his journey in the Cévennes. The
Some photographs at http://users.skynet.be/sky42224/Monastier1.html
Contains ten paintings for
121 Wall Street, P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8240 USA
Tele.: 203-432-2977, Fax: 203-432-4047
The world’s largest collection of first and early editions of RLS (including translations), presentation copies, books from Stevenson’s library or with annotations by him; artwork, scrapbooks, photos, memorabilia; manuscripts: juvenilia (including ‘The Sunbeam Magazine’), many early essays, poems (including many from A Child’s Garden of Verses, Underwoods, Songs of Travel), The Wrong Box (ms and proofs), four leaves of the ‘Cévennes Journal’, An Inland Voyage, St. Ives, Catriona (intermediate version), The Amateur Emigrant (MS B 5956, galley proofs with comments by Colvin and Kegan Paul B65, 7403), The Ebb-tide, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (intermediate version, portions of the last three chapters, 24 ms. pp.: McKay 6934), ‘The Body Snatcher’, Weir of Hermiston (1894 ms and drafts)); the first Samoa notebook (B 6224); letters to, from and about Stevenson (including the Baxter correspondence; letters from Henley) - the Beinecke Library contains over half of the 2800 surviving letters written by Stevenson; also his mother’s diaries throughout his lifetime.
George L. (1951-64), A Stevenson Library. Catalogue of a Collection of
Writings By and About Robert Louis Stevenson Formed by E.J. Beinecke.
On-line search: http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/index.html
the moment, though Books should be catalogued in the online ORBIS
catalogue, most Manuscript records are not available online, the majority
being listed in vols 5 and 6 of the McKay catalogue. However there are the
following on-line finding aids, mostly of non-McKay and post-McKay materials:
1) Uncatalogued Acquisitions
2) Robert Louis Stevenson Collection - Supplementary List
3) Edwin J. Beinecke's collector's files relating to Robert Louis Stevenson (Uncat Ms Vault 805)
There are also pages of Digital Images Online
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
65 items. The collection includes journals and notebooks (5 journals, including the ‘Cévennes Journal’ (HM 2408); the ‘Silverado Journal’ (HM 650); the ‘Equator’ cruise journal (HM 2412); a notebook with an early draft of ‘John Nicholson’ and other miscellaneous jottings, and notebooks with drafts of many poems, including the ‘very important Notebook D’), 32 poems, 25 prose pieces (including manuscripts of all or part of: Kidnapped (final version); In the South Seas; ‘The Beach of Falesŕ’; St. Ives (final version)), 91 letters (including most of Stevenson’s letters to Will H. Low), 3 drawings, 1 sketchbook, and 11 music scores.
University, Houghton Library
75 letters and 10 literary
mss.: letters to Colvin from the
Rosenbach, A. S. W. (1913).
Catalogue of the Books and Manuscripts of Robert Louis Stevenson in the Library
of the Late Harry Elkins Widener.
Partial "Printer’s Copy" (final version) of Jekyll and Hyde [MA 628]; 1892 ms of Weir of Hermiston
Princeton University Library,
Archives of Charles Scribner’s Sons (C0101); Manuscripts (2 cancelled pages of the Jekyll and Hyde "Notebook Draft" [Morris L. Parrish Collection], juvenile story ‘The plague cellar’, earliest ms. of St Ives); two boxes of original 19th-century photographs of RLS.
Alexander D. [or:
The Catalogue of the Stevenson collection in the Parrish collection of Victorian Novelists is now available on-line in a pdf format. There are two files that can be accessed: Items acquired since 1971 (a small file that can be easily consulted) and the main 1971 catalogue by Alexander Wainwright, which is the one that gives the problems.
Here’s the way through the labyrinth to the Stevenson catalogues (or just simply click on the last URLs in this sequence): http://libweb.princeton.edu/ > Library Catalogs > Other Princeton Catalogs: Rare books and special collections finding aids > Finding aids and collections descriptions > M to Z > Parrish: Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists (A Finding Aid prepared by Sylvia Yu) at http://libweb2.princeton.edu/rbsc2/aids/msslist/maindex.htm > scroll down to the bottom of the page and: Related Publications: Index of /rbsc2/parrish at http://libweb2.princeton.edu/rbsc2/parrish/ > scroll down to Stevenson.6.pdf (the big file) and Stevenson.index.pdf (the small file)
24.12 RLS, Letters to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stevenson (parents)
24.13 RLS, Letters to Edmund Goss
24.14 RLS, Miscellaneous Documents
24.15 RLS, Catriona: draft of title page, under the title David Balfour
24.16 RLS, "Franklin... Dialogue concerning virtue and pleasure"
24.18 RLS, In the South Seas: chapter headings (Wainwright XIII.18)
24.19 RLS, The Master of Ballantrae: AMs, one leaf, mounted
24.20 RLS, St. Ives: title page
24.21 RLS, St. Ives: chapters 1-7
24.22 RLS, St. Ives: chapters 8-13
24.23 RLS, St. Ives: chapters 14-18
24.24 RLS, St. Ives: chapters 19-24
24.25 RLS, St. Ives: chapters 25-26 and miscellaneous leaves
24.26 RLS, "Though he that ever kind and true...": AMs of poem
24.27 RLS, The Wrecker: portion of Chapter XX
24.28 RLS, "The Young Chevalier" (8 lines of Stevenson's writing)
24.29 RLS, Pencil drawing of a village
24.30 RLS, Self-portrait in academic garb, matted
24.31 Stevenson, Thomas, 1818-1887, Miscellaneous Correspondence
Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists, Henry E. Gerstley Stevenson Collection, Wainwright XIII
XIII.2 musical manuscript, 1p. AMs
XIII.3 David Balfour [Catriona], title page 1 p. AMs
XIII.4 10 checks drawn by RLS 1886-7
XIII.5 ‘Cherish thou, O love’, 1p. AMs
XIII.6 codicil to will, 1892, 2pp. AMs
XIII.7 ‘Consolation’ (poem), 1 p. AMs
XIII.32 St.Ives, Ch. 1-24, 26-28 ; ch. 16-19, 25 and parts of 13, 15, 24 and 28 were printed from this Ms.
XIII.41 The Wrecker, 5 pp. AMs (part of ch. 20)
1883-92 (Society of Authors Archive, Add MSS 56638-44), Correspondence with
publishers about Stevenson’s works 1931-44 (Society of Authors Archive, Add MSS
56645-53), Letters to Gosse (Ashley MSS 1776-5056, A 1775-1796, B 1780-4310),
Correspondence with William Archer (Add MS 45295), and with R.A: Mowbray (Add
MS 40719, 28 letters); MS of ‘
Library of Scotland
Letters from Stevenson (including 106 of his letters to Mrs Sitwell, also letters to Henley; letters to Blackwoods); letters to and from Baxter, Henley and others relating to the quarrel with Henley; S’s ‘Notebook T’; materials collected by Graham Balfour when preparing the first biography; juvenilia and essays; Stevenson’s copies (then presented to his parents) of Virginibus Puerisque and Underwoods with notes (65 in all) on where he wrote each essay and poem; the map drawn as frontispiece to Treasure Island; photographs (Gorrie collection).
Acc. 10356: 'The History of Moses' (signed ‘R. L. B.
Stevenzon’, composed at the age of 6, dictated to his mother, signed, with
childish drawings, incl. watercolour picture of ‘Moses writing the 5 tables’ –
sitting at a table looking towards God, just appearing over a tall altar – on
cut-up mourning paper); same item also incl. early photo of ‘Cummy and RLS’ and
prize ‘Happy Sunday Book of Printed pictures’; also copy of privately printed
edition of the MS by A. Edward Newton (1919), and a note by Newton on his
acquisition of the MS.
Acc.4534/153: 'Intermittent Lights' (Records of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, 1871)
Acc. 9690: 'Students Meeting and Class Excursion' (3 pp; account of an end-of-year party of the Engineering students and a class excursion the following day (April 1871))
MS 3794: 'Story of a Recluse' (unfinished story, 7 ff.)
Adv MSS 20 55 8: Graduation thesis in jurisprudence
F.5.d.20: Deacon Brodie (printed volume with annotations by Henley and (probably) Stevenson)
MS 3112: 'Random Memories: an Onlooker in Hell' (ff. 305-7; typed transcript ff. 308-311)
MS 9892: ‘Definition of Good Literature’ (1 f. of notes) in Balfour’s Notebook (ff. 18-19).
MS 19640: on 'Pain and Pleasure' 1 f. of notes (with a copy of 'Memory and Portraits')
MS 19637: Notebook T (?1883), 12 ff with 11 ff at the back: front (side without labels, so now apparently the back): f.3 drawing-room scene; f.4 drinking scene; f.4v notes for Black Arrow; f.5 list of character names for BA; f.6 map of BA; f.7 ch titles 1-8, 1-16; f.8 ch titles for BA 17-19, 11-24; f.9 calculations of pages for a vol of stories Otto, Lie, Thrawn, Will, MM and (added after) Franchard. Back (side with labels): f.1 tavern scene; f.4 drinking scene. At both front and back, poems of moral-emblems type.
MS 9822: 'Civil Law' c. 1874, with caricatures and scraps of verse
MS 9904: ‘Notebook R’, lecture notes on hydrostatics and electricity (P.G. Tait’s natural philosophy course 1867-8; date at the back: Monday March 2nd; p. 44, list of 11 plays, beginning ‘Edmund Fuller Tragedy in five acts’; p. 40 ff. draft of Act II, sc. iii of one of these (‘The Brothers’, a comedy about ‘a discovered will’); p. 17, map of an island with a bay and small island within it.
Acc. 10650: Notebook, including drafts of 'The Spaewife' c. 1881.
Acc. 11069: mfilm of notebook c. 1886 [no further info]
MS 9892: (i) misc.notes (1 f.);
(ii) misc. articles by RLS, incl. 'Confessions of a Unionist' (written 1887; 4
galley slips); page proofs on
MS 3790 (‘What can I wish’ frag,
f.1), 3793 (‘Farewell to the farm’), 9821, 8790 ('The Iron Steed', 1875), 8791,
9754 (poem concerning RLS, f. 146), Acc 8842 ('Youth and Love'), Acc 11145 ('miscellaneous
nonsense verse and English translations of')
MS 99: 102 letters to Mrs Sitwell
MS 19638 (with a copy of
MS 19369 (with a copy of 'Lay Morals')
MS 19640 (with ‘Memories and Portraits’ and a note by S on ‘Pain and pleasure’)
MS 19641, 19642 (with a copy of 'Underwoods', undated letters from S about early publications)
MS 3788-9, 3792
Adv. MSS 26.8.1 (to Baxter and
Henley about the
Av. MSS 26.8.2 (letters to
Adv. MSS 26.8.3-5 (letters to Mrs Sitwell), includes Adv MSS 26.8.3 'Note (1875)' in the catalogue (brief letter to Mrs Sitwell announcing that he's passed the advocate's exam)
Adv. MSS 19.1.32 (letter 1871)
Also MS 4366, 4382, 4493: to Blackwoods the publishers MSS
MS 2522, 3364, 3278, 8790, 8791,
9821 (includes proof of Davos woodcut), 9828, 9755, 9983, 9891 (letters to and
from RLS, mainly from
Letters and notes concerning: MS 170, 1044, 3355, 6295, 9786, 9862, 10790.
MS 9756: incl. large print of crew
of the HMS Katoomba
MS 9907: photographs 1889, 1892-4, 1915, 1923, 1944, n.d., mainly of RLS and family (also S. Seas photos, incl. King Tembomuk)
MS 9908: album of photographs, n.d., views of Vailima, Visit of HMS Katoomba, Mataafa and his warriors
MS 9910: ff. 109, 112, 118, 136-7, 142
Adv MS 21.6.10: photos inllustrating the life of RLS
GRH.9 : The Gorrie collection of photographs
The Notes and Papers of Sir Graham Balfour, Stevenson's first biographer:
Acc. 9700, 1. diary of a visit to
MS 9891 (bound in a large volume 9891-3 of collected documents) copies of letters by RLS and originals of letters to GB from Belle, from Baxter (about RLS's difficult financial position in 1894), a letter from RAMS to Fanny, letter from Nellie Sanchez to Fanny
MS 9892 1. misc. notes (f.1), 2. misc. articles by S, incl. 4 galley slips of ‘Confessions of a Unionist’ (wtn. 1887) (see Swearingen p. 122); notes incl. transcription of ‘Definition of good literature’ (f. 12) – a one-page outline (‘Stevenson wrote a word or two under several headings of order, material, pattern, adornment of images and manner of treating a subject’, Swearingen p. 173). Below Stevenson’s notes Balfour wrote: ‘These holograph notes were written down probably in the autumn of 92, and were brought home by me among some waste paper in Sept ‘93’).
MS 9893, (i) extracts from magazines of articles by RLS 1884, n.d. (f. 1); (ii) transcripts and printed texts 1883-4, n.d., of misc. writings of S (44 ff.).
MS 9894 Correspondence 1884-1899; incl. letters answering Balfour’s questions about Stevenson in preparation for his biography); see also MS 9900. [Note: it may be here that we find "Fanny's comments on fragments of Balfour's typescript for the biography (Note: ‘There was never any attempt to suppress matter nor to modify statements. The abbreviations were practically all on points of style.’); also comments by LO."
MS 9895 Correspondence 1900-11
(sometimes called ‘Balfour Biography Notebook’), incl. many letters from those
who knew S; also letters 1900-15
relative to the quarrel between Mr and Mrs Lloyd Osbourne and the latter’s
demand of restitution of letters from S, allegedly given to Mrs. K. Osbourne by
Jane Whytt Balfour
MS 9896, Correspondence and other materials 1914-1949, incl. newspaper and magazine clippings (showing growing reaction to 'the Stevenson myth'); 1922-49 correspondence about the authenticity of The Hanging Judge.
MS 9897, (i) unpublished articles by Balfour, (ii) transcripts of articles about S, (ii) miscellaneous notes, including transcription of diaries 1851-3 of S’s mother;
MS 9898, 'Guardbook': copies and extracts of S’s letters (mainly to his mother)
MS 9899, 'Guardbook': typescript of S papers transcribed while on loan from FVdGS
MS 9900, Notebook 1895: transcriptions of S’s poems
and prose; many letters to Baxter (‘These fragments & letters were transcribed by me
from the original M.S.S. brought home by me from
MS 9901, Balfour Notebook 1896: transcripts of essays by S and letters written to him (‘Transcribed by me from the originals for my private satisfaction. The originals were sent in my care by Mrs Stevenson in Aug 1895 for Sidney Colvin’s use in writing the Life. There was a big long box full of papers heaped together, which I sorted and arranged for Colvin in the winter of 1895-6 at Bendarroch, Ottery St. Mary’). Includes transcript of the unpublished 15-page fragment ‘On the art of literature’ (MS Silverado).
MS 9902 'Fragments of Stevenson': transcripts of miscellaneous writings of S, incl. (p. 1 'Companion to the Cook Book', p. 11 'The Ideal House', p. 17 'A Reading Book' (list of books).
MS 9903, ‘Notebook used in writing Life of R.L.S. in 1900-01 with many extracts from letters, M.S. etc.’, with alphabetic index at the front; short quotations and calendars of S’s movements and writings
MS 9904 See under Stevenson’s ‘Notebooks’ above
MS 9905 cuttings (1890 - ?) concerning Stevenson and his works;
MS 9906 cuttings (1886 – 1937)
about people and places associated with Stevenson;
MS 9909: scrapbook of newspaper cuttings 1894, 1904, 1927, n.d. about the
MS 9910: copy of ‘South Sea Bubbles’ by Earl of Pembroke and George Kingsley (1874); note dated 1929 by GB about dispute between S and Lord Pembroke about Queen Moe.
MS 9911, copy of Tr Is, partly collated by Balfour with Young Folks versions
MS 9912, typescript of an unpublished play ‘The Dust of Defeat’ by Lloyd Osbourne
Balfour's transcriptions of writings by Stevenson (MS 9897-9901) include the draft of an essay on 'Boer Independence', referred to as 'Balfour papers' (Box 1, ms. 140) in Colley's RLS and the Colonial Imagination p. 142 (Swearingen locates the Ms in Yale) and Balfour's transcription of the MS of '[Stevenson's] Companion to the Cook Book'
The Balfour family:
GD69: Papers connected with the Balfours of Pilrig; comprises legal documents deposited by Mrs Balfour Gedded from the 18t Century to the late 19th, including the marriage contracts of Willie and Henrietta Traquair who ‘in a garden green with me were king and queen.....’.
from the Balfour-Melvilles mostly concerning Strathkinness, their estate in
GD192 is a miscellaneous collection from a Balfour-Melville descendent a Col. Davey, with many letters relating to the relationships of Margaret Stevenson’s aunts etc., who were the elders who watched the children in the garden of RLS’s infancy
Catalogues & Online Resources (i) Online catalogues Main catalogue (NLS collection); or (ii) Additional Online Resources (a) Scottish Bibliographies online (bibliographical database of works dealing with Scotland &c., 1987- ) (b) BOSLIT (Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation) – here, if a search under ‘title’ doesn’t work, try a ‘keyword’ search in the Advanced Search option.
Their website also has a ‘Digital Library’ section devoted to Robert Louis Stevenson with photos, illustrations etc.
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000,
Manuscript of the 1890 printing of In the South Seas
Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. Hours 8-4.30, Mon-Fri, except public holidays.
holdings include most first editions and many reprints from Inland Voyage
on. Notable items are a letter from Stevenson to W. E. Henley, and the serial
A checklist of RLS holdings, compiled by Bruce A. Bowlin, was issued in South Carolina Working Papers in Scottish Bibliography (1994), and an on-line list by Jason Pierce is available on the WWW; recent acquisitions are listed in USCAn, the library’s on-line catalogue, also available through the WWW.
superb Robert Louis Stevenson on-line exhibit (ed. Jason A. Pierce, based on the 1994 centenary exhibition curated by Patrick Scott & Roger Mortimer, with assistance from Bruce Bowlin) [biographical and bibliographical survey based on first-editions interesting later editions, photographs, illustrations and manuscripts]
Letters to his mother and father, to James M. Barrie, to Jules Simoneau and to others; a letter from his father; and letters, reminiscences, papers, etc., about him, assembled from various sources (BANC MSS C-H 107).
autobiographical sketch (undated, BANC MSS C-H 171): reminiscences of
Papers collected by Anne Issler in her research and writing on Stevenson (BANC MSS C-H 169).
Stevenson-Osbourne family papers 1839-1970 (BANC MSS 71/281 c):. Letters written to various members of the Stevenson and Osbourne families from Jane Whyte Balfour, Lloyd Osbourne, Margaret I. (Balfour) Stevenson, Thomas Stevenson, and Isobel Strong. Last will and testament of Samuel Lloyd Osbourne; photocopies of letters of Lloyd Osbourne and Isobel Strong, concerning R.L. Stevenson's estate; extract from sermon preached on Stevenson's death; manuscripts by Lloyd Osbourne; ms. of an incomplete biography of R.L. Stevenson, author unknown. Letters of Lloyd Osbourne and Isobel Strong :photocopies (location of originals unknown). First draft of fifteen chapters of ‘Ramblings of a Housewife’ in S’s hand but based on Fanny’s experiences (fair copy Beinecke 7297).
Letters of Lloyd Osbourne and Isobel Strong (incl. 20 letters from Lloyd to Belle from Nice in 1940, BANC MSS 74/23).
Photos of Lloyd c1895, 1920 (BANC PIC 1980.114—PIC)
222 Waverly Avenue,
Robert Louis Stevenson Collection (http://libwww.syr.edu/digital/guides/s/stevenson_rl.htm):
1) Three letters: 12 November 1878, 19 and 21 December 1880.
2) ‘Books and reading. / No. 2. How books have to be written’ (5 leaves)
3) ‘Did Chuchu sweat?’ (2 leaves)
‘My first book /
5) ‘St. Ives’ (1 leaf)
6) (i) ‘The tropics vanish, and meseems that I’; (ii) ‘To my old comrades’ [= ‘To My Old Familiars’]; (iii) ‘The House of Tembinoka’ (three poems from Songs of Travel (1895), not Underwoods (1887) as the catalogue has it).
Has 39 books from Stevenson’s library
Columbia University Libraries: Rare Book and Manuscript Library
801 Butler Library, New York, New York NY 10027, USA; Tel 212 280-2231/2232
Has the MS of "Mock Trial" (NUC MS 65-1198)
Has ‘Autolycus in Service’, an early farce that may have been used for material for Prince Otto.
Has the correspondence between Graham Green and Sir James Marjoribanks in which Greene expresses his admiration for RLS: http://www.library.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/fl/f130%7D1.htm
Haverford College, Haverford,
PR5489.G3 M8: ‘The Geometry Notebook’—‘one of the most interesting surviving copybooks from S’s student days’ (Lewis). Contains interesting remarks that are similar to ‘An Apology for Idlers’
Nantucket Historical Association
7 Fair Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA; www.nha.org
Austin Strong (son of Belle) lived and died in Nantucket and some of his Stevenson possessions have ended up in the Library: a sketch of Stevenson, and artefacts (one of the mats draped over his coffin) and perhaps some books and manuscripts. Someone should go and see what is in the collection.
New York Public Library: Berg Collection
Letters and poems (incl. 'Robin and Ben'); Autolycus in Service; Great North Road; In the South Seas; The Manse; Le Monastier; Belle Strong's notes on what must come out of Clayton Hamilton's On the Trail of Stevenson and other Clayton Hamilton Stevenson papers; Nabokov’s lecture notes on Jekyll and Hyde; Nabokov's annotated copy of Jekyll and Hyde; 2 letters to RLS from Meredith (1878, 1894)
Andersen Library, University of Minesota, Mineapolis
113 Andersen Library, 612-624-4576
A ‘Treasure Island Collection’ of over 450 illustrated editions, collected by Lionel Johnson, were donated in 2000 to the Children’s Literature Research Collections. It includes the first printing of the first illustrated edition, published by Roberts Bros. of Boston in 1884.
Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia
2008-2010 DeLancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
MS of ‘Ticonderoga’ older than the one in the BL.
Eastman School of Music,
Has musical mss.
Stanford University Library (Special Collections).
Isobel Strong papers 1949-52: Pen pal letters (May 1949-November 1955) from Mrs. Field to Hector Bolitho with comments by Mrs. Field about her step-father Robert Louis Stevenson. Also includes letters from Mrs. Field's nurse, pictures of Mrs. Field and Robert Louis Stevenson, clippings, Christmas cards, photocopy of a poem by Stevenson, and a manuscript, "A Pen-friendship, with Robert Louis Stevenson's Step-daughter" by Hector Bolitho.
University of Texas at Austin
‘A letter to Mr. Stevenson's friends’ privately printed by Lloyd Osbourne, describing Stevenson’s death. First edition of Moral Emblems, Testimonials in favour of Robert Louis Stevenson, advocate (1881), first editions.
Olin Library, Campus
The William Keeney Bixby Papers (WKB d. 1931):
The Bodleian Library, Oxford
1885-93 correspondence with Ida and Una Taylor (MS Eng lett c 2)
Other Internet resources
A guide to Stevenson manuscripts worldwide with details about holdings in the
The Scottish Archive Network
ScottishDocuments.com http://www.scottishdocuments.com/content/default.asp is a part of SCAN, the Scottish Archives Network. It has a site with transcripts of Scottish wills, including that of the entry in the Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court Inventories of an inventory of RLS’s property and a transcript of the London probate of RLS’s 1893 will, both made by Chalres Baxter in 1897 at http://www.scottishdocuments.com/content/famousscots.asp?whichscot=111&r1=R&r2=U; the will of RLS’s grandfather, Robert Stevenson (died 1850) at http://www.scottishdocuments.com/content/famousscots.asp?whichscot=64. Both of these are available free as documents on famous Scots; for the will of Thomas Stevenson, RLS’s father, however, you have to pay Ł5. Note that if you search for ‘Robert Stevenson’ and ‘Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson’ in the main database you are asked to pay Ł5 for each document, with no information that they are freely available on the ‘famous Scots’ part of the site – it’s not clear if the documents you pay for are identical to those freely available, but it seems so.
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