Frederick James Furnivall Correspondence mssFU

Gina C Giang
The Huntington Library
April 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Frederick James Furnivall correspondence
Creator: Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910
Identifier/Call Number: mssFU
Physical Description: 24 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1843-1910
Date (bulk): 1848-1895
Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts of Frederick James Furnivall, an English scholar and editor who helped to organize the Working Men's College.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Frederick James Furnivall correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Maggs Bros., 1952-1953.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick James Furnivall was an English scholar and editor. Furnivall graduated from Cambridge in 1847 and passed the bar in 1849. In 1854, after leaving the law profession, he helped to organize the Working Men's College, with F.D. Maurice as principal. Furnivall taught several courses and supervised the recreational activities of the students. In 1853 he became an honorary secretary of the Philological Society and began to concentrate his attention on early and middle English literature. He was an early and ardent worker on the New English Dictionary and edited numerous early English texts. In 1864 Furnivall founded the Early English Text Society and in 1868 the Chaucer Society. Other later interests are reflected in the following organizations which he also founded: the New Shakespeare Society, 1873; the Wiclif Society, 1881; the Browning Society, 1881; and the Shelley Society, 1886. He passed away in July 1910.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts from 1843 to 1910. The topics of the material include education (in particular Eton College and Working Men's College), studies in English language and literature, and the work and interests of Frederick James Furnivall. There is also some ephemera. Correspondents include: Henry Barthorp, Louis Lucien Bonaparte, Henry Bradshaw, Robert Browning, Robert Shergold Browning, Viscount Edward Cardwell, Derwent Coleridge, William Johnson Cory, William Francis Cowper-Temple, Sir John Francis Davis, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, William Ewart Gladstone, Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy, Thomas Hughes, William Holman Hunt, Thomas Henry Huxley, Henry Arthur Jones, Charles Kingsley, David Laing, James Russell Lowell, John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow, Vernon Lushington, Sir Frederic Madden, David Masson, Frederick Denison Maurice, Mary Elizabeth Braddon Maxwell, George Meredith, John Stuart Mill, Lady Euphemia Chalmers Gray Ruskin Millias, Sir John Everett Millais, Richard Monckton Milnes (1st Baron Houghton), Henry Morley, Friedrich Max Müller, Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, John Murray, George Frederick Samuel Robinson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Sir John Robert Seeley, Alfred Tennyson, Emily Sellwood Tennyson, Connop Thirlwall, Richard Chenevix Trench, Albert Way, Hensleigh Wedgwood, James Pillans Wilson, and Charlotte Mary Yonge.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington staff, circa mid-20th century. In 2020, Gina C Giang created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged alphabetically.


Former call number: mssFU 1-983.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
English -- Study and teaching
English literature -- History and criticism
Literary historians -- Great Britain -- Archives
Poets, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- 19th century
Barthorp, Henry
Bonaparte, Louis-Lucien, prince, 1813-1891
Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915
Bradshaw, Henry, 1831-1886
Browning, Robert, 1812-1889
Browning, Robert Shergold
Cardwell, Edward Cardwell, Viscount, 1813-1886
Coleridge, Derwent, 1800-1883
Cory, William Johnson, 1823-1892
Davis, John Francis, Sir, 1795-1890
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865
Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898
Hardy, Thomas Duffus, Sir, 1804-1878
Milnes, Richard Monckton, Baron Houghton, 1809-1885
Millais, Euphemia Chalmers Gray, Lady, 1828-1897
Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896
Morley, Henry, 1822-1894
Mount-Temple, William Francis Cowper-Temple, Baron, 1811-1888
Müller, F. Max (Friedrich Max), 1823-1900
Murray, James A. H. (James Augustus Henry), 1837-1915
Murray, John, 1808-1892
Ripon, George Frederick Samuel Robinson, Marquess of, 1827-1909
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900
Seeley, J. R., Sir (John Robert), 1834-1895
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892
Tennyson, Emily Sellwood Tennyson, Baroness, 1813-1896
Thirlwall, Connop, 1797-1875
Trench, Richard Chenevix, 1807-1886
Way, Albert, 1805-1874
Wedgwood, Hensleigh, 1803-1891
Wilson, James Pillans
Yonge, Charlotte M. (Charlotte Mary), 1823-1901
Eton College
Working Men's College (London, England)

Box 1

Abbott - Bradshaw FU 1-63

Box 2

Brewer - R. Browning FU 64-123

Box 3

R. Browning - Clark FU 124-185

Box 4

Cobden - S. Cowper FU 186-244, 983

Box 5

Cowper - Temple-Gardiner FU 245-279, 281-307

Box 6

Garnett - Harraden FU 308-369

Box 7

Harris - Huxley FU 370-433

Box 8

Irving - Longfellow FU 434-497

Box 9

Lowell - Masson FU 498-562

Box 10

Maul - Miles FU 563-620

Box 11

Mill - J. Morley FU 621-663, 280, 664-680

Box 12

Morris - Robertson FU 681-741

Box 13

Robinson - Sedgwick FU 742-799

Box 14

Seeley - A. Tennyson FU 800-865

Box 15

E. Tennyson - Watts-Dunton FU 866-927

Box 16

Waugh - Yonge, unidentified FU 928-982

Scope and Contents

Also contains ephemera.