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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mrs. Humphry Ward Papers
    Dates: 1857-1935
    Collection number: H.Mss.0927
    Creator: Ward, Humphry, Mrs.
    Extent: 16.9 Linear Feet (39 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, 2 flat boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Mrs. Humphry Ward (1851-1920), a British writer at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. The collection consists of letters between Mrs. Ward and her publishers, family and friends, photographs, miscellaneous documents, and notebooks that hold drafts of her novels and articles. The collection spans the years 1857-1935.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English, German, French, Italian.

    Administrative Information


    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mrs. Humphry Ward Papers (H.Mss.0927). Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Purchased by Special Collections in July 1965 (Sotheby and Company), September 1966 (Sotheby and Company), March 1970 (Moorman), March 1970 (Jenkins Company), June 1985 (Serendipity Books) and May 2006 (Bernard Quaritch - Pusey House, Oxford).


    No additions to the collection are anticipated.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Mrs. Humphry Ward (1851-1920), born Mary Arnold, was an English novelist at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. A niece of Matthew Arnold and the aunt of Aldous Huxley, she was also active in social work and an opponent of women's suffrage. She published over thirty novels in her lifetime as well as a variety of articles and some works of nonfiction, the most famous of her novels being Robert Elsmere. Her work is notable for its strong affirmation of Victorian morality and musings on religious thought.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The Mrs. Humphry Ward Collection, presented by William Clary, Homer Crotty, and The Honnold Library Society, is an accumulation of manuscript material consisting of correspondence, notebooks and unbound notes of Mary A. Arnold Ward Mrs. Humphry Ward, English writer best remembered for her novel Robert Elsmere 1888. Since Mrs. Ward was active early in the movement for higher education for women which began in Oxford, and Mr. Ward was a fellow and tutor of Brasenose College, this collection ties in well with the Oxford Collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.

    Subject Terms

    Family life
    Publishers and publishing
    Social work
    Women's rights
    Women writers

    Genre and Form of Materials

    British literature