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THE RUSKIN LIBRARY COLLECTION
Manuscripts and Letters
Papers housed in the Library offer an immense store of research material. Among the 196 manuscripts in the Library are 29 volumes of Ruskin's Diaries, covering the years 1835 to 1888; only a selected edition of these has been published. There are some 7,400 letters (mostly unpublished), including a correspondence with his cousin Joan Severn of over 3,000 letters, and others to and from family and such associates as Thomas Carlyle, Robert Browning and his publisher George Allen.
In addition to some 350 books from Ruskin's Library, the great strength of the book collection is a unique assemblage of all Ruskin's published writings (which run to a collected edition of 39 volumes) in successive editions, including foreign language versions of some of the more important texts such as Modern Painters, Stones of Venice and Unto this Last. A complete holding of books about Ruskin, from contemporary criticism to modern academic studies (which are added to by the Foundation), is complemented by an archive of transcripts, articles and newspaper cuttings. Every aspect of his wide-ranging interests is represented, from religion and the arts to political economy, geology and the environment.
The Catalogue Room gives access to the Library's electronic catalogue, a list of manuscripts in the collection and the CD-Rom version of the Library Edition of Ruskin's Works. There is also a microfilm reader and printer, for use with materials on both microfiche and film.
In the public galleries are displayed a selection from the 1,500 drawings and 500 prints in the collection, of which 950 are by Ruskin, and others by his friends and associates, including Samuel Prout, Francesca Alexander and Albert Goodwin. These reflect Ruskin's predominant interest in landscape and architecture, but there are also many nature studies, copies of Old Master paintings, and intimate portraits. As well a large number of photographs that contain 140 from Ruskin's collection, there is an important group of 125 daguerreotypes, mostly of Gothic architecture, made under his direction.
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