Manuscripts and Special Collections

Tag: letters

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On this day in the archives…

July 14th, 2011 at 12:07

Today sees the 313th anniversary of the Kingdom of Scotland’s attempt at colonisation. The ‘Darien Scheme’ as it was known was intended to create an overseas colony for Scotland on the Isthmus of Panama called New Caledonia. The hope was that New Caledonia would be a stopping point and important intermediary in trade between Europe [...]

Myles Thoroton Hildyard and the Thoroton Hildyard Collection

2 June 1st, 2011 at 08:06

Myles Thoroton Hildyard and the Second World War 60 years ago today, on 1 June 1941, Myles Thoroton Hildyard was reported missing from the island of Crete. It was three months before his family learnt of his daring escape, along with his friend Michael Parish, from the Maleme airfield prisoner of war camp. Hildyard and [...]

Helpful advice on letter writing

March 21st, 2011 at 12:03

A fascinating little book was recently donated to Special Collections, consisting of examples of letters covering a range of social and business circumstances

Effie Ruskin in the Marlay Collection

March 7th, 2011 at 08:03

In a previous blog posting I described the early-19th century correspondence of the Countess of Charleville with many female authors. The late 19th-century papers in the Marlay Collection are focused around the Countess’s daughter, Catherine Louisa Marlay, née Tisdall (1796-1882), and her son Charles Brinsley Marlay (1829-1912). Like the Countess of Charleville, they moved in [...]

The Marlay Collection

February 24th, 2011 at 08:02

The Marlay papers have been owned by the University Library since 1943, but are perhaps not as well known to researchers as they should be. The collection is named after Charles Brinsley Marlay (1829-1912), owner of an estate at Belvedere in Westmeath, Ireland. Marlay was a conscientious landlord, but also a wealthy man of leisure [...]

The Chaworth-Musters Collection

October 18th, 2010 at 10:10

The Chaworths were one of the most prominent landed families in Nottinghamshire. They acquired the manors of Edwalton in the 13th century, Wiverton in the 14th century, and Annesley in the 15th century. The family was joined with the Musters family of Colwick Hall by the marriage of the last Chaworth heiress, Mary Ann Chaworth, to John [...]