Collection uklse_dl1al01 - Autograph Letter Collection

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Autograph Letter Collection


  • 1851-1975 (Creation)

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Extent, medium and format

When digitisation is completed, 5790 letter in pdf files.

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Archival/Digitisation history

The Autograph Letter Collection is a result of various donations of letters to Women’s Service Library (now The Women’s Library) between 1930 and the early 2000s. The collection is arranged into 30 groups either by theme or by prominent individuals. The letters were numbered sequentially in the 1980s with an ALC number and then catalogued in an Archives Management System (CALM) with referencing as indicated in the ‘Information on originals’ field. The collection has been digitised at LSE Digitisation Suite by the in-house digitisation team in 2023 and gradually more series will be released as digitisation progresses.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer


This collection contains letters of prominent correspondents dating from 1851 to 1975. They cover themes eg suffrage, education, medicine, women and the Church, literature, employment, temperance, scholarship, industry, travel and the art. Many of these letters were considered 'Autograph' letters by famous correspondents such as William Gladstone, Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, the Pankhursts, Annie Besant, Thomas Hardy, Keir Hardie and John Stuart Mill to name but a few. The entire collection is arranged into 30 groups either by themes mentioned above or by individual eg Constance Lytton, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

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As of May 2023, many of the items in this collection are still in copyright. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions page for more information on copyright and re-use of material.

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The original collection is held at LSE Library. To browse the catalogue, explore the Archives catalogue of Autograph Letter.

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The presence of any material within our collections does not imply an endorsement of the ideas or opinions expressed within the content.

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