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  • Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: Ann Yerbury Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.1994.002
    Physical Description: 1.3 Linear Feet 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1729-1753, 1950, 1956
    Abstract: Poems and prose written by Ann Yerbury between 1729 and 1753 on various themes including illness, religion, friendship, reflections, and death.
    Physical Location: Clark Library
    Language of Material: English .


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ann Yerbury Papers, MS.1994.002, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 1994.


    Ann Yerbury was the wife of William Yerbury, who was part of a wealthy family of clothiers in the Bristol region of England. The poems, hymns, and prose written on a variety of subjects, gives a view into her life from 1729 to 1753. She was very careful to date and title all her poems.
    According to a leatherbound notebook written by Ann's mother, Ann was married on June 24th of 1735 to William Yerbury. Soon after, they moved to London. The births of three of her children were recorded in the notebook: John, born on the 20th of August 1736; Ann, born on the 6th of December 1737; and Mary, born on the 1st of June 1738. Her husband died in 1741. It is possible she is the widow Ann Yerbury of Bradford, Wiltshire, whose will is dated May 30th, 1799, located in the National Archives (UK). Histories of the town of Bradford-on-Avon have given her maiden name as Wereat.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains items by and about Ann Yerbury. The majority of items are poems, but there are also three pieces of prose, a notebook of important family events, and a modern newspaper article and letter. The poems and prose range in date from 1729 to 1753. The letter and newspaper article date from 1950 and 1956, respectively.
    Original spelling, capitalization, and punctuation were retained in this finding aid. Some poems have additional titles docketed on the versos of the page; this is indicated as "title on verso" in the note field. These verso titles vary slightly in wording, spelling, or capitalization from the heading title at the top of the poem.


    The collection is arranged thematically: the modern items, the notebook, poems, and prose. Poems are arranged chronologically, with a separate folder for each year. Only one item is housed in Box 2, as noted below. All other items are housed in Box 1 and are enumerated here by folder and item number only.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Poems -- England -- 18th century
    Women poets, English -- Early works to 1800
    Devotional poetry -- Early works to 1800