September 18, 2014

British Library Acquires Coleridge Family Archive

By LJ Staff

The British Library has acquired a massive archive – 29 boxes of papers and 350 bound volumes – of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s extended family, including unknown verses by the poet as well as letters, journals, and court notes from the three generations of the poet’s family, most of whom served as judges. "It is an extraordinary rich source for the whole cultural, political, legal, and religious life of the 19th century," Francis Harris, the library’s head of modern historical manuscripts, said. The purchase was funded by a £250,000 donation from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and six smaller grants from other sources. Harris estimates that cataloging the collection will take a year.

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