Victorian Manuscripts Digital Collection

Posted by Angela Courtney, Head of Arts & Humanities
Portrait of a Victorian man from the Berg collection

This resource is comprised of the Victorian holdings of the New York Public Library's Berg Collection. It features a broad range of authors from across the nineteenth century and contains unique manuscripts that are unavailable in any medium elsewhere. It also includes rare printed materials, including early editions annotated by the authors, as well as unpublished poems, working notebooks, correspondence, holograph manuscripts and drawings that allow researchers to trace the genesis of the period’s greatest works.

This resource would be especially useful for those researching the business of Victorian publishing as it documents the relationship between writers and their publishers through correspondence and financial and legal documents.

Each author collection is included in its entirety, allowing users to browse and search the manuscripts as they would in the Berg Reading Room. Authors represented in this collection include:

  • Matthew Arnold
  • The Brontës
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Robert Browning
  • Wilkie Collins
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Charles Dickens
  • George Eliot
  • George Gissing
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Henry James
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • John Ruskin
  • Alfred Tennyson
  • William Makepeace Thackeray

Access Literary Manuscripts: Berg Collection.