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Rickman-Southey Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Rickman-Southey collection
    Creator: Rickman, John, 1771-1840
    Creator: Southey, Robert, 1774-1843
    Identifier/Call Number: mssRS
    Physical Description: 18.5 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1798-1839
    Abstract: A collection of correspondence between the English poet Robert Southey and John Rickman.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Southey-Rickman collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Provenance unknown. In Library as of 1941.

    Biographical / Historical

    Robert Southey (1774-1843) was an English Romantic poet and Poet Laureate from 1813 till his death in 1843. Southey was friends with John Rickman (1771-1840) who was an English government official and statistician.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of 1,278 items from 1798 to 1839, it consists of the correspondence between John Rickman and Robert Southey during their 41-year friendship. Box 16 also contains a few letters by other authors including four by James Burney, English Naval officier, and two by George Dyer, English classicist, poet and editor.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1945; finding aid created by Brooke M. Black in April 2014. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the electronic finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssRS 1-1258.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Poets, English -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Burney, James, 1750-1821
    Dyer, George, 1755-1841