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Halliwell, James Orchard: letters (1867-1875)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL262
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Halliwell, James Orchard: letters (1867-1875)
Date(s): 1867-1875
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 3 items (5 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Phillipps | James Orchard | Halliwell- | 1820-1889 | antiquary and literary scholar x Halliwell | James Orchard


Administrative/Biographical history:

James Orchard Halliwell was born in Chelsea and educated at Trinity College and Jesus College, Cambridge. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1839, and acted as an editor for the Camden Society (1839-1844), the Percy Society (1842-1850), and the Shakespeare Society. A renowned Shakespeare scholar, he arranged and described the Shakespeare archives at Stratford-upon-Avon, wrote extensively on the town, and initiated the movement for the purchase of the site of Shakespeare's house at New Place, [1863]. In 1842 Halliwell married Henrietta Phillipps against the wishes of her father, the book collector Sir Thomas Phillipps, who remained implacably estranged from the couple for the rest of his life; however, on his death in 1872, Mr and Mrs Halliwell adopted the surname Halliwell-Phillipps.


Scope and content/abstract:

3 letters from James Orchard Halliwell to Charles Roach Smith, 1867-1875. Topics covered include Frederick William Fairholt (whose executor Smith was) and William Shakespeare. All letters are autograph, with signatures.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from Percy Dobell, 1959.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2008

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