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Robert Burns Collection: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Robert Burns Collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1784-1829
    Bulk dates: 1784-1796
    Collection Number: mssHM 2584, etc.
    Additional Collection Numbers: mssHM 2584, mssHM 7394, mssHM 13021-13061, mssHM 16300, mssHM 34699
    Creator: Burns, Robert, 1759-1796.
    Extent: approximately 45 items in 1 box (26 folders) and 18 loose cases and volumes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains approximately 45 pieces of correspondence and manuscripts chiefly in the hand of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), dating from 1784. Within the documents, there are approximately 36 different pieces of verse by Burns, including poems, ballads, and songs. The correspondence, often containing lines of verse, primarily consists of one to two letters from Burns to various friends and patrons.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Items are available with curatorial approval. Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Robert Burns Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    The collection was assembled from various sources, including:
    • HM 2584, acquired from H.V. Jones, December 1918 (no. 256)
    • HM 7394, received as part of the Gable Collection.
    • HM 13029 and HM 13031, purchased by Henry E. Huntington from William K. Bixby through the Anderson Galleries (Sale 1280, Lots 588 and 589), February 1917.
    • HM 13036-13039, acquired from William K. Bixby, date unknown.
    • HM 13061, acquired from the collection of Henry G. Bohn.
    • HM 34699, acquired from G. D. Smith.

    Processing/Project Information

    • HM 16300, removed from the Geddes Burns (Call number: 151851).
    • HM 13051, 13053-6, and 13058 were originally bound together as a volume of Burns manuscripts and disbound by Huntington Library staff in November 1971.

    Biographical Note

    Robert Burns (1759-1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. His first volume of poems, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect, was published in 1786.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains approximately 45 pieces of correspondence and manuscripts chiefly in the hand of Scottish poet Robert Burns, dating from 1784. Within the documents, there are approximately 36 different pieces of verse by Burns, including poems, ballads, and songs. The correspondence, often containing lines of verse, primarily consists of one to two letters from Burns to patrons and friends including Robert Cleghorn, Frances Anna Dunlop, Robert Muir, John Richmond, and Burns's printer William Creech. In addition there are also a few later letters consisting of a letter from Burns's brother Gilbert Burns to "Dobie," a letter from painter Alexander Nasmyth to William Cribb, and a letter from Jean Jeffrey Renwick to Henry Brevoort.

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    Arrangement

    The collection consists of material organized in the following 2 series:
    • Manuscripts
    • Correspondence
    Items listed in the finding aid are chiefly housed in individual folders in 1 box, with 18 items separately housed in decorative gilt leather volumes or pull-off cases.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Burns, Robert, 1759-1796 -- Archives.
    Poets, Scottish -- 18th century.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- Scotland -- 18th century.
    Poems -- Scotland -- 18th century -- Archives.
    Songs -- Scotland -- 18th century.

    Added Entries

    Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931, former owner.
    Creech, William, 1745-1815, recipient.