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Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers, 1892-1980

Summary Information

Abstract

A collection of materials by and about the nineteenth century English writer and eccentric Frederick Rolfe (also known as Baron Corvo), assembled by the book collector Stuart B. Schimmel.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1079
Bib ID 4078365 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Schimmel, Stuart B
Title Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers, 1892-1980
Physical Description 1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language(s) Primarily in English, with one item in Italian.
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Scope and Content

Original Rolfe materials in the collection include six folders of letters to Wilfrid Meynell, dating from 1892 to 1893, a fragment of an unidentified Rolfe manuscript in Italian, and bookplates designed by Frederick Rolfe for Edward Pirie-Gordon. The collection also includes reproductions of photographs by Rolfe, photocopies of Rolfe's letters to Barnard and Taylor written in 1904 and 1905, and handwritten copies (not made by Rolfe) of letters written to Charles Masson Fox by Rolfe in 1909 and 1910. Memorial cards for Frederick Rolfe and blank stationery for the Order of Sanctissima Sophia are included as well.

In addition, the collection contains secondary materials about Rolfe's life, work, and collectors. Some correspondence and ephemera related to Schimmel's acquisition of some items in the collection are included. Letters by James Agate to the Rolfe biographer and collector A.J.A. Symons from 1939 are also present, as are a typescript of Symons' lecture, "Frederick, Baron Corvo" from 1927 and a binder's dummy for the First Edition Club's 1937 publication of Rolfe's The Songs of Meleager. Printed materials include clippings and ephemera related to posthumous publications of Rolfe's works, biographies of Rolfe by Donald Weeks and Miriam Benkovitz, and exhibition materials from Marylebone Public Library's exhibition for Rolfe's centenary. Playbills, clippings, and a printed copy of Peter Luke's 1968 theatrical adaptation of Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh, are also included.

This collection was formerly called the Frederick Rolfe papers. Its name was changed in order to differentiate it from the other two assembled collections of Frederick Rolfe materials at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

General Note

See also: MS #1080, David Roth collection of Frederick William Rolfe papers; MS #1081, Columbia University collection of Frederick Rolfe papers; and MS #0610, Ned Edward Hoopes papers

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material

Columbia University collection of Frederick Rolfe papers, A collection of Frederick Rolfe manuscripts and related materials assembled by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

David Roth Martyr Worthy collection of Frederick William Rolfe papers, The Rare Book and Manuscript Library's most extensive collection of Frederick Rolfe materials, assembled by the English book collector David Roth and named after the Hampshire village in which he lived.

Miriam J. Benkovitz papers, Benkovitz was a Frederick Rolfe biographer, book collector, and English professor at Skidmore College. Further materials related to her biography of Rolfe are located in the Benkovitz papers.

Ned Edward Hoopes papers, Hoopes was another Frederick Rolfe biographer; his papers include notes and other materials related to that work.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed AMS 10/--/84.

Finding aid written by CLB May 2018.

Revision Description

2018-05-25 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Book collectors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rolfe, Frederick, 1860-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Symons, A. J. A (Alphonse James Albert), 1900-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Symons, Julian, 1912-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weeks, Donald Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woolf, Cecil Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Stuart B. Schimmel (1925-2013) was a prominent book and manuscript collector who lived in Greenwich, Connecticut. He joined the Grolier Club, a private society for New York City bibliophiles, in 1961, and served on its Council from 1972 until 1986. The Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers is one of several collections of rare books and manuscripts Schimmel gave to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

Frederick William Rolfe, whose pen name was Baron Corvo, authored numerous books and stories. Amongst the most famous are the Toto stories, HADRIAN THE SEVENTH, called by some the greatest ecclesiastical novel ever to be written, and the masterpiece THE DESIRE AND PURSUIT OF THE WHOLE. To say that Rolfe was at times eccentric, acerbic and petulant is understatement, but he was also an excellent story teller, conversationalist and amateur athlete. His life of trials and tribulations ended in 1913, when he died in Venice at the age of 53.