Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Peters mss., 1844-1967, consist of letters and manuscripts by and about John Addington Symonds, 1840-1893, author, collected by Robert Louis Peters of Huntington Beach, California. The larger and earlier portion of the collection consists of letters from Symonds to various people, manuscripts of poems, etc., written by him, including "Conditions of a Prize Competition for Six Drawings from the Nude proposed by John Addington Symonds to the Students of the Julian School of Art," and a few letters from members of his family.

The second portion of the collection, ca. 1963-1967, relates primarily to the gathering of materials about Symonds by Robert Peters and Herbert Schueller for their Letters of John Addington Symonds (Detroit: Wayne State University, 1967-1969). The last dated item in the collection is "A note on the destruction by Edmund Gosse of Symonds' papers" written by Symonds's granddaughter, Janet Maria Vaughan, in Riverside, California, 22 September 1967.

Correspondents in the collection include Horatio Robert Forbes Brown, John Rickards Mozley, Robert Louis Peters, Herbert Matthew Schueller, Janet Catherine (North) Symonds, John Addington Symonds, and Margaret Symonds.

The remainder of the collection consists of miscellaneous items relating to research on Symonds, to Peters's compilation of a Symonds collection, and to Peters's own academic work.

Purchase. Robert Peters. Huntington Beach, California 1992

Collection size: 51 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.