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Guide to the Elizabeth Robins Papers MSS.002


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Collection processed by Janet Evander.

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

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Series V: Florence Bell

Scope and Contents note

Series V contains materials relating to Florence Eveleen Eleanor (Olliffe) Bell (1851 - 1930), a playwright and author, who met Elizabeth Robins around 1891 while Robins was active in the British theater. Bell and Robins formed a close friendship which remained strong and constant until Bell's death in 1930. In her will, Florence Bell stipulated that all of Elizabeth Robins's letters should be returned to her.

The letters sent by Robins to Bell comprise the majority of this series and are personal in nature. The correspondence concerns domestic problems; news of friends; the illnesses which Robins suffered throughout her life; her travels in Europe and North America, including her journey to Alaska in 1900 which inspired the novel The Magnetic North (1904), and her frequent visits to her brother Raymond at his home, Chinsegut, in Florida; family members; Robins's relationships with David Scott, Octavia Wilberforce and Marjorie Hubert, all of whom lived at her Sussex County home, Backsettown. The personal quality of this correspondence offers a special insight into Robins's development throughout her middle years. Noticeably absent from the correspondence is commentary on Robins's involvement in the suffrage movement.

Subseries A: Elizabeth Robins to Florence Bell, 1892-1930

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 99 Folder : 1 1891-1892
1891 -1892
Box: 99 Folder : 2 1893
1893
Box: 99 Folder : 3 1894
1894
Box: 99 Folder : 4 1895
1895
Box: 99 Folder : 5 1896
1896
Box: 99 Folder : 6 1897
1897
Box: 99 Folder : 7 1898
1898
Box: 100 Folder : 8 1899
1899
Box: 100 Folder : 9 1900
1900
Box: 100 Folder : 10 1901
1901
Box: 100 Folder : 11 1902
1902
Box: 100 Folder : 12 1903
1903
Box: 100 Folder : 13 1904
1904
Box: 100 Folder : 14 1905
1905
Box: 100 Folder : 15 1906
1906
Box: 101 Folder : 16 1907
1907
Box: 101 Folder : 17 1908
1908
Box: 101 Folder : 18 1909
1909
Box: 101 Folder : 19 1910
1910
Box: 101 Folder : 20 1911
1911
Box: 102 Folder : 21 1912
1912
Box: 102 Folder : 22 1913
1913
Box: 102 Folder : 23 1914
1914
Box: 102 Folder : 24 1915
1915
Box: 102 Folder : 25 1916
1916
Box: 102 Folder : 26 1917
1917
Box: 102 Folder : 27 1918
1918
Box: 103 Folder : 28 1919
1919
Box: 103 Folder : 29 1920
1920
Box: 103 Folder : 30 1921
1921
Box: 103 Folder : 31 1922
1922
Box: 103 Folder : 32 1923
1923
Box: 103 Folder : 33 1924
1924
Box: 103 Folder : 34 1925
1925
Box: 104 Folder : 35 1926
1926
Box: 104 Folder : 36 1927
1927
Box: 104 Folder : 37 1928
1928
Box: 104 Folder : 38 1929
1929
Box: 104 Folder : 39 1930
1930
Box: 104 Folder : 40 Postcards: 1891-1929, n.d.
1891 -1929
Box: 105 Folder : 41 n.d.
n.d.
Box: 105 Folder : 42 n.d.
n.d.
Box: 105 Folder : 43 n.d.
n.d.
Box: 105 Folder : 44 n.d.
n.d.
Box: 105 Folder : 45 n.d.
n.d.

Subseries B: Florence Bell to Elizabeth Robins, 1891-1930

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 106 Folder : 1 1891-1899
1891 -1899
Box: 106 Folder : 2 1900-1904
1900 -1904
Box: 106 Folder : 3 1905
1905
Box: 106 Folder : 4 1906-1907
1906 -1907
Box: 106 Folder : 5 1908-1909
1908 -1908
Box: 106 Folder : 6 1910-1911
1910
Box: 106 Folder : 7 1912
1912
Box: 106 Folder : 8 1913
1913
Box: 106 Folder : 9 1914
1914
Box: 106 Folder : 10 1915
1915
Box: 106 Folder : 11 1916
1916
Box: 106 Folder : 12 1917
1917
Box: 106 Folder : 13 1918
1918
Box: 106 Folder : 14 1919
1919
Box: 107 Folder : 15 1920
1920
Box: 107 Folder : 16 1921
1921
Box: 107 Folder : 17 1922
1922
Box: 107 Folder : 18 1923
1923
Box: 107 Folder : 19 1924
1924
Box: 107 Folder : 20 1925
1925
Box: 107 Folder : 21 1926
1926
Box: 107 Folder : 22 1927
1927
Box: 108 Folder : 23 1928
1928
Box: 108 Folder : 24 1929
1929
Box: 108 Folder : 25 1930
1930
Box: 108 Folder : 26 n.d.
n.d.
Box: 108 Folder : 27 Postcards: 1893, 1902-1923
1893 -1923
Box: 108 Folder : 28 Postcards: 1924-1930, n.d.
1924 -1930

Subseries C: General Correspondence, 1891-1929

Scope and Contents note

Subseries C includes Florence Bell's correspondence with others, including her husband and children. Many of these letters are from mutual friends of she and Elizabeth Robins, and their correspondence can also be found in Series Two: General Correspondence. Most notable are the letters from 1900 when Bell relayed messages from Robins's Seattle sickbed to her various English acquaintances.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 109 Folder : 1 Florence Bell to Various People 1891,1900, n.d.
1891 -1900
Box: 109 Folder : 2 Various People to Florence Bell 1891-1929, n.d.
1891 -1929
Box: 109 Folder : 3 Bell, Elsa 1892-1919, n.d.
1892 -1919
Box: 109 Folder : 4 Bell, Gertrude 1894, n.d.
1894
Box: 109 Folder : 5 Bell, Sir Hugh 1892-1911
1892 -1911
Box: 109 Folder : 6 Bell: Hugo, Frances 1903,1926,1928
1903 -1928
Box: 109 Folder : 7 Bell, Molly 1893,1920-1929
1893 -1929
Box: 109 Folder : 8 Dower: Pauline (Trevelyan), John 1928-1929
1928 -1929
Box: 109 Folder : 9 James, Henry 1891, 1914
1891 -1914
Box: 109 Folder : 10 Johnson, Phyllis M. 1929
1929
Box: 109 Folder : 11 Olliffe, Laura 1892, n.d.

General note

F.B.'s E father.

1892
Box: 109 Folder : 12 Wilberforce, Octavia 1918-1928

Scope and Content

See also Series VI: Octavia Wilberforce.

1918 -1928

Subseries D: Literary Productions

Scope and Content note

Subseries D contains some of Bell's works (which run the gamut from children's books to novels), including a complete four-act play and a preliminary sketch for a collaborative dramatization with Robins of Rossetti's ballad, "Sister Helen."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 110 Folder : 1 The Dean of St. Patrick's, or Vanessa, Act I (1895)
1895
Box: 110 Folder : 2 The Dean of St. Patrick's, or Vanessa, Act II (1895)
1895
Box: 110 Folder : 3 The Dean of St. Patrick's, or Vanessa, Act III (1895)
1895
Box: 110 Folder : 4 The Dean of St. Patrick's, or Vanessa, Act IV (1895)
1895
Box: 110 Folder : 5 Marysienka, Act I
Box: 110 Folder : 6 A Rounton Alphabet 1924
1924
Box: 110 Folder : 7 Sister Helen (ideas for a dramatization) 1896
1896
Box: 110 Folder : 8 Stella, Acts I, II, and III

Subseries E: Printed Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 110 Folder : 1 Printed Materials 1895-1930

Scope and Content

See also Series V Box 111, Folder 3.

1895 -1930
Box: 110 Folder : 2 Nora is Four 1927
1927
Box: 110 Folder : 3 Nora is Five 1928

General note

Illustrated by Pauline Trevelyan.

1928
Box: 110 Folder : 4 Nora is Seven 1930
1930

Legal Size Material

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 111 Folder : 1 Elizabeth Robins to Florence Bell 9 September 1920
1920
Box: 111 Folder : 2 A Pageant of Mount Grace n.d.
n.d.
Box: 111 Folder : 3 Printed Material 1895-1920
1895 -1920

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