Other Libraries

(1) U.S.A.


University at Buffalo, The State University of New York: The Lockwood Library


Has 39 books from Stevenson’s library


Columbia University Libraries: Rare Book and Manuscript Library


801 Butler Library, New York, New York NY 10027, USA; Tel 212 280-2231/2232
Has the MS of “Mock Trial” (NUC MS 65-1198)


University of Delaware Library: Special Collections


181 South College Avenue Newark, DE 19717-5267 USA
Has part of the S.S. McClure archive (but only 3 undated letters from Belle and one from Lloyd catalogued as 1878 but possibly 1898), a 1906 talk on RLS by Prof. Wilbur Owen Sypherd, The Edinburgh University Magazine, the Thomas J. Wise forgeries and associated materials (Frank W. Tober Collection). and the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library but privately owned. The latter (devoted to the period 1850-1900) contains 2 letters from Stevenson, 4 books from his libarry, presentation copies, and related material, including correspondence by W. E. Henley. For more information go to:  http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/msl/.


Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Has ‘Autolycus in Service’, an early farce that may have been used for material for Prince Otto.


Georgetown University Library

Has the correspondence between Graham Green and Sir James Marjoribanks in which Greene expresses his admiration for RLS:http://www.library.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/fl/f130%7D1.htm


Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, Magill Library

PR5489.G3 M8: ‘The Geometry Notebook’—‘one of the most interesting surviving copybooks from S’s student days’ (Lewis). Contains interesting remarks that are similar to ‘An Apology for Idlers’


Nantucket Historical Association Research Library

7 Fair Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Austin Strong (son of Belle) lived and died in Nantucket and some of his Stevenson possessions have ended up in the Library: a sketch of Stevenson, and artefacts (one of the mats draped over his coffin)


Andersen Library, University of Minesota, Mineapolis

113 Andersen Library, 612-624-4576
A ‘Treasure Island Collection’ of over 450 illustrated editions, collected by Lionel Johnson, were donated in 2000 to the Children’s Literature Research Collections. It includes the first printing of the first illustrated edition, published by Roberts Bros. of Boston in 1884.


Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia

2008-2010 DeLancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
MS of ‘Ticonderoga’ older than the one in the BL.


University of Rochester: Rush Rhees Library


Rush Rhees Library, 755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14627
Rare Books and Special Collections: Melodies for the flute by RLS (location: CX 22).


Stanford University Library (Special Collections)

Isobel Strong papers 1949-52: Pen pal letters (May 1949-November 1955) from Mrs. Field to Hector Bolitho with comments by Mrs. Field about her step-father Robert Louis Stevenson. Also includes letters from Mrs. Field’s nurse, pictures of Mrs. Field and Robert Louis Stevenson, clippings, Christmas cards, photocopy of a poem by Stevenson, and a manuscript, “A Pen-friendship, with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Step-daughter” by Hector Bolitho.


University of Texas at Austin

‘A letter to Mr. Stevenson’s friends’ privately printed by Lloyd Osbourne, describing Stevenson’s death. First edition of Moral Emblems, Testimonials in favour of Robert Louis Stevenson, advocate (1881), first editions.


Washington University in St. Louis: Special Collections, Olin Library


Olin Library, Campus Box 1061, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130; Tel (314) 935-5495; spec@library.wustl.edu
The William Keeney Bixby Papers (WKB d. 1931): WTU00013 Box 16, Folders 138-143. 3 letters, Musical compositions; ‘The Sleeper Awakened’ (draft of a play); uncorr. Galleys of ‘Ticonderoga’; photo.

(2) Elsewhere


The Bodleian Library, Oxford

1885-93 correspondence with Ida and Una Taylor (MS Eng lett c 2)


Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Manuscript of the 1890 printing of In the South Seas
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
Australia; http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/

Other Internet resources


Historical Manuscripts Commission

A guide to Stevenson manuscripts worldwide with details about holdings in the UK is to be found at the UK Government’s Historical Manuscripts Commission at:



The Scottish Archive Network

ScottishDocuments.com (http://www.scottishdocuments.com/) is a part of SCAN, the Scottish Archives Network. It has a site with transcripts of Scottish wills, including that of the entry in the Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court Inventories of an inventory of RLS’s property and a transcript of the London probate of RLS’s 1893 will, both made by Chalres Baxter in 1897 and the will of RLS’s grandfather, Robert Stevenson (died 1850). Both of these are available free as documents on famous Scots; for the will of Thomas Stevenson, RLS’s father, however, you have to pay £5. Note that if you search for ‘Robert Stevenson’ and ‘Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson’ in the main database you are asked to pay £5 for each document, with no information that they are freely available on the ‘famous Scots’ part of the site – it’s not clear if the documents you pay for are identical to those freely available, but it seems so.