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Guide to the Elizabeth Robins Papers MSS.002

Fales Library and Special Collections

Collection processed by Janet Evander.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 21, 2022
Description is in English.

Administrative Information


In 1964, New York University Library purchased the papers (1803-1963) of Elizabeth Robins (1862-1952), actress, playwright, novelist, and suffragist. When Robins died in 1952, her longtime friend Octavia Wilberforce gained possession of the papers which now make up the collection. Upon Wilberforce's death, Leonard Woolf became the Literary Executor and it was through him that New York University's library arranged to purchase the collection from the Chicago firm of Hamill and Barker.

Some G. B. Shaw letters were viewed by Dan. H. Laurence in England after NYU purchased the collection, but before it was shipped to NYC. Laurence included these in his: Laurence, Dan H. (1965). Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters, 1874–1897. London & Beccles: William Clowes & Sons, Ltd. Not all of the letters were in the collection when it was processed by the library. See the collection folders for details.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Elizabeth Robins Papers; MSS 002; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Related Material

Additional relevant material is held by the Berg Collection of The New York Public Library and the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Related collections include the Raymond Robins Papers in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison; the Robins Papers in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, University of Florida, Gainesville; and the Papers of the Women's Trade Union League in the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased through Leonard Woolf in 1964. The accession number associated with this purchase is 1964.002. An additional accretion was donated on an unknown date; the accession number is 2009.002.

Processing Information

Processed by Janet Evander, Project Archivist, with assistance from Marion Casey, Collection Assistant in 1985. Thomas Frusciano and Dorothy Swanson were Archival Advisors.

Finding aid was edited in 2013 and 2014 to accurately reflect holdings.

In January 2016, boxes from Series II-Series XIII and all oversize boxes were renumbered to numerically follow Series I. Researchers with citations to previous box numbers should contact for assistance with identifying new box numbers.

In February 2019 materials housed in Box 289 were rehoused in preparation to be sent offsite.


Below is a bibliography of Elizabeth Robins' published works. Those works indicated with an asterisk (*) are available in Fales.Robins, Elizabeth. *Alan's Wife. 1893 (with Florence Bell), 1893 Robins, Elizabeth. *Ancilla's Share. 1924 Robins, Elizabeth. Below the Salt. 1896 [English version of  The Fatal Gift of Beauty ]Robins, Elizabeth. *Both Sides of the Curtain. 1940Robins, Elizabeth. *Camilla. 1918Robins, Elizabeth. *Come and Find Me. 1908 (serialized in Century - April 1907 to March 1908)Robins, Elizabeth. *The Convert. 1907Robins, Elizabeth. *A Dark Lantern. 1905 Robins, Elizabeth. *The Fatal Gift of Beauty, And Other Stories. 1896 [American version of  Below the Salt] Robins, Elizabeth. *The Florentine Frame. 1909 Robins, Elizabeth. George Mandeville's Husband. 1894Robins, Elizabeth. *The Magnetic North. 1904 Robins, Elizabeth. *The Messenger. 1919 Robins, Elizabeth. The Mills of the Gods. 1908 Robins, Elizabeth. *My Little Sister. 1913 (American version of  Where are You Going to?) Robins, Elizabeth. *The New Moon (or Milly's Story). 1895 Robins, Elizabeth. *The Open Question, A Tale of Two Temperaments. 1899 Robins, Elizabeth. *Portrait of a Lady. 1941 Robins, Elizabeth. *Prudence and Peter; A Story for Children About Cooking Out-of-Doors and Indoors. 1928 (with Octavia Wilberforce) Robins, Elizabeth. *Raymond and I. 1956 (posthumous) Robins, Elizabeth. *The Secret that was Kept; A Study in Fear. 1926Robins, Elizabeth. *Theatre and Friendship; Some Henry James Letters. 1932 Robins, Elizabeth. *Time is Whispering. 1923Robins, Elizabeth. *Under the Southern Cross. 1907Robins, Elizabeth. *Votes for Women; A Play in Three Acts. 1907Robins, Elizabeth. Way Stations. 1913Robins, Elizabeth. *Where are You Going To? 1913 (English version of  My Little Sister)