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

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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.

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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, collector.
Title:David Roth Martyr Worthy collection of Frederick William Rolfe papers, 1892-1973.
Physical description:3 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Language(s): Material is in English.
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged into three series:

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Description

Scope and Content

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. The collection also includes 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.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

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.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion May 25, 2018 Finding aid written in English.
    2018-05-25 File created.

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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

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Essays.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fiction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poems.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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

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History / Biographical Note

History

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.

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