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David Roth Martyr Worthy collection of Frederick William Rolfe papers, 1892-1973

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 English book collector David Roth.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1080
Bib ID 4079586 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Roth, David
Title David Roth Martyr Worthy collection of Frederick William Rolfe papers, 1892-1973
Physical Description 3 linear feet (3 linear feet 7 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged into three series: Series I: Catalogued correspondence, 1892-1973; Series II: Catalogued manuscripts and documents, 1898-1913, 1925-1955; Series III: Printed material and tree trunk carvings, 1894-1978.

Description

Summary

Contains correspondence, letterbook, manuscripts, typescripts, documents, photographs, microfilm, and other printed materials by and about Frederick William Rolfe"Baron Corvo" (1860-1913). This collection includes Rolfe's letters to Fr. C. S. Beauclerk, S.J. written while they both lived in Holywell, to H. C. Bainbridge and Grant Richards while Rolfe lived in London, and to others. There are typescript copies of his letters to R. M. Dawkins, Charles Masson Fox, and J. J. Walsh. In the letterbooks of 1909-1910, Rolfe kept copies of his letters sent from Venice to many recipients. There are also 33 manuscripts by Rolfe, including parts of his books, IN HIS OWN IMAGE ("More Stories Toto Told Me"), HUBERT'S ARTHUR, and AMICO DI SANDRO, as well as short stories, essays, and poems. Finally, there are sections of two tree trunks, with carvings by Rolfe, from Seaton House, Aberdeen where he was a tutor for the Hay family.

The collection also contains 19 letters from Rolfe collector A. J. A. Symons to Grant Richards, along with letters received by Symons in preparing his 1934 study of Rolfe, THE QUEST FOR CORVO. Several manuscripts and documents by Rolfe's contemporaries and collectors concern Rolfe. There are also periodical articles, booksellers' catalogs, and other printed materials by and about Rolfe.

The collection was given the name Martyr Worthy Collection of Frederick William Rolfe by its assembler, David Roth, after the English village of Martyr Worthy in which Roth lived.

General Note

See also: MS #1079, Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick 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); David Roth Martyr Worthy collection of Frederick William Rolfe papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material

Stuart B. Schimmel collection of Frederick Rolfe papers, A collection of Frederick Rolfe manuscripts and related materials assembled by the Greenwich, Connecticut book collector Stuart B. Schimmel.

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

Miriam J. Benkovitz papers, Benkovitz was a Frederick Rolfe biographer, book collector, and English professor at Skidmore College. The Benkovitz papers include materials related to her biography of Rolfe.

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

Rolfe collection entered in AMC 11/28/1990

65 additional items processed by HR, 05/17/2000

Finding aid written by CLB, May 2018

In addition to manuscripts and printed ephemera, the collection also originally contained books by and about Frederick Rolfe, all but two of which were individually cataloged and incorporated into the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's book collections. The remaining two books are located in Box 5.

The collection was formerly called the Martyr Worthy Collection of Frederick William Rolfe. Its name was changed in May 2018 in order to incorporate the name of its collector in compliance with DACS 2.0 rules.

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiction (general genre) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book collectors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cantoni, Enrico Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
D'Arcy, Ella Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eccentrics and eccentricities Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hay, Malcolm Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hochheimer, Frank W Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holden, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jacob, J. M Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ragg, Laura M (Laura Maria) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Richardson, Agnes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rolfe, Frederick, 1860-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rolfe, Nellie E Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roth, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sims, George Frederick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Summers, Montague, 1880-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Symons, A. J. A (Alphonse James Albert), 1900-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watts, Augustine Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Webster, George Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weeks, Donald Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woolf, Cecil Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

David Roth was a book collector who lived in the English village of Martyr Worthy, Hampshire.

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.