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Mary Augusta Ward Papers


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Miscellany, Box 1

Julianic Anecdotes, Box 1

Notes of Manchester Experience, Box 1

Notes of Visit to Derbyshire, Box 1

The History of David Grieve, Box 2

The Mating of Lydia, Box 2-3

Delia Blanchflower, Box 4

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Mary Augusta Ward Papers, 1892-1915 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Mary Augusta Ward Papers, 1892-1915Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1892-1915

ID: MS/MS/ms123

Primary Creator: Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold, 1851-1920

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 12/05/1972

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mary Augusta Ward Papers consists primarily of autograph, typescript, and galley proof versions of novels by Mrs. Humphry Ward. Included are The History of David Grieve [1892], The Mating of Lydia [1913], and Delia Blanchflower [1915]. Also included are three folders of miscellaneous notes and anecdotes. A folder of correspondence contains three pieces of personal correspondence and drafts of two letters, written by Mrs. Humphry Ward to unidentified correspondents, one [circa 1910] concerning the National Union of Women Workers Great Britain], and another [undated], incomplete, concerning the question of Irish independence.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Augusta Arnold Ward (June, 11 1851 –March 24, 1920) was a British novelist who wrote under her married name as Mrs. Humphry Ward. Born in Tasmania, Australia, Ward returned with her family to England at the age of five. She was educated at various boarding schools and began her career writing articles for Macmillan's Magazine while working on a book for children that was published in 1881 under the title Milly and Olly. This was followed in 1884 by a more ambitious study of modern life, Miss Bretherton, the story of an actress. Ward's novels contained strong religious subject matter relevant to Victorian values she herself practiced. Her popularity spread beyond Great Britain to the United States. Her book Lady Rose's Daughter was the best-selling novel in the United States in 1903, as was The Marriage of William Ashe in 1905.

Ward also worked and taught among the poor in the residential settlement now known as the Mary Ward Centre.  This continues as an adult education college.  She was also a significant campaigner against women getting the vote, serving as the founding president of the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League. Ward took on the job, creating and editing the Anti-Suffrage Review. She published a large number of articles on the subject, while two of her novels, The Testing of Diana Mallory and Delia Blanchflower, were used as platforms to criticize the suffragettes. During World War I, Ward was asked by former United States President Theodore Roosevelt to write a series of articles to explain to Americans what was happening in Britain. Her work involved visiting the trenches on the Western Front, and resulted in three books, England's Effort - Six Letters to an American Friend (1916), Towards the Goal (1917), and Fields of Victory (1919).

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from Barry Scott, Sotheby's

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 1382, December 5, 1972.

Accession number 1395. May 18, 1973

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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[Folder 1: Miscellany, Box 1],
[Folder 2: Julianic Anecdotes, Box 1, No date],
[Folder 3: Notes of Manchester Experience, Box 1, circa 1889-1991],
[Folder 4: Notes of Visit to Derbyshire, Box 1, No date],
[Folder 5: The History of David Grieve, Box 2],
[Folder 6: The Mating of Lydia, Box 2-3],
[Folder 7: Delia Blanchflower, Box 4],

Folder 7: Delia Blanchflower, Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Title printed in autograph on brown wrapping paper, circa 1914Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 2: Miscellaneous typescript and autograph notes and pages from the novel, circa 1914Add to your cart.
11 pages
Item 3: Incomplete page proofs, heavily revised, with typescript and autograph inserts, circa 1914Add to your cart.
1 item, 145 pages of pro 27 pages of note
Item 4: Incomplete autograph draft with some typescript inserts, circa 1914Add to your cart.
Item 5: Incomplete typescript with autograph revisions, circa 1914Add to your cart.
348 pages

Browse by Folder:

[Folder 1: Miscellany, Box 1],
[Folder 2: Julianic Anecdotes, Box 1, No date],
[Folder 3: Notes of Manchester Experience, Box 1, circa 1889-1991],
[Folder 4: Notes of Visit to Derbyshire, Box 1, No date],
[Folder 5: The History of David Grieve, Box 2],
[Folder 6: The Mating of Lydia, Box 2-3],
[Folder 7: Delia Blanchflower, Box 4],

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