Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MELAdd
TitleLetters Additional of Maria Edgeworth
Extent31 items
Date[c 1800]-1848
DescriptionArtificial collection of letters and other papers of and relating to Maria Edgeworth. The collection largely consists of individual letters written by Maria Edgeworth and her correspondents include Sir John Bowring, David Wilkie and Professor William Whewell. The correspondence is mostly of a personal nature and includes letters of recommendation and introduction for family members and friends, letters relating to social engagements and visits. Some letters relate to her writings and others touch on her political interests.
ArrangementThe individual documents in this collection are arranged and numbered in a single numerical sequence which reflects the order in which they were acquired. The items in this collection are mounted in a fascicule
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the catalogue. A paper catalogue is also available for consultation at the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryMaria Edgeworth, 1767-1849, novelist, was the third daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), inventor, educator and writer. The family lived in Edgeworthstown in County Longford, Ireland where Richard Edgeworth owned an extensive estate and Maria, who was one of 22 children by her father's four wives, was heavily involved in the education of her brothers and sisters. She is an important figure in the history of women's writing and also in the history of education, particularly in the promotion of education of women. Her first works were Letters for Literary Ladies (1795) in which she defended female education and two volumes on Practical Education (1798), written in conjunction with her father. Her first novel, Castle Rackrent, appeared in 1800 and she continued to produce works of fiction, including children's stories, up to 1834 when her last novel, Helen, was published. She is considered to have been a literary influence on a number of other writers including Sir Walter Scott, and Thackeray and Jane Austen is known to have been an admirer of her works.
References: Finding aid to The Maria Edgeworth Letters. The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford. Oxford University Press, 1992 Robert Hogan (ed), Dictionary of Irish Literature, 2nd ed (London. Greenwood Press. 1996 Women, Education and Literature: the papers of Maria Edgeworth, 1768-1849. A Listing and Guide to parts 1-3 of the Microfilm Collection (Adam Matthew Publications Ltd, 2001)
AcquisitionMost items in this collection have been acquired individually by purchase. The collection also includes a photocopy of an original letter held elsewhere.
CopiesItems that the University of Birmingham had already been acquired by 2001 are available on microfilm and online. Also copies on the Cadbury Research Library staff R drive.

The Maria Edgeworth Letters Additional collection was micropublished by Adam Matthew Publications in 2001 under the title 'Women, Education and Literature: the papers of Maria Edgeworth, 1767-1849'. As well as this and another collection held in the Cadbury Research Library, the micropublication includes Edgeworth Papers held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the National Library of Ireland and elsewhere. The microfilm of the University of Birmingham's collections can be consulted in the Cadbury Research Library.

The microfilm has since been digitally published by Adam Matthew Digital Ltd so the microfilmed parts of the collection can also be seen online by members of, and visitors to, the Cadbury Research Library and other institutions that subscribe to 'Research Source - Women's Studies'.

All visitors who have registered for a Cadbury Research Library Reader ticket can access the online copies on the public access computers in the Cadbury Research Library Reading Room.

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Related MaterialCadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds the Maria Edgeworth Letters, a small collection of correspondence with the Moilliot family (GB 0150 ME)


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