Scope and Content
Title: Ann Yerbury Papers,
Collection number: MS.1994.002
2 boxes (16 linear inches)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Poems and prose written by Ann Yerbury
between 1729 and 1753 on various themes including illness, religion,
friendship, reflections, and death.
Physical Location: Clark Library
Language of Materials: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder,
which must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], Ann Yerbury Papers, MS.1994.002, William
Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Ann Yerbury was the wife of William Yerbury, who was part of a wealthy
family of clothiers in the Bristol region of England. The poems, hymns,
and prose written on a variety of subjects, gives a
view into her life from 1729 to 1753. She was very careful to date and
title all her poems.
According to a leatherbound notebook written by Ann's mother, Ann was
married on June 24th of 1735 to William Yerbury. Soon after, they moved
to London. The births of three of her children were recorded in the
notebook: John, born on the 20th of August 1736; Ann, born on the 6th of
December 1737; and Mary, born on the 1st of June 1738. Her husband died
in 1741. It is possible she is the widow Ann Yerbury of Bradford,
Wiltshire, whose will is dated May 30th, 1799, located in the National
Archives (UK). Histories of the town of Bradford-on-Avon have given her maiden name as Wereat.
Scope and Content
This collection contains items by and about Ann Yerbury. The majority
of items are poems, but there are also three pieces of prose, a notebook
of important family events, and a modern newspaper article and letter.
The poems and prose range in date from 1729 to 1753. The letter and
newspaper article date from 1950 and 1956, respectively.
Original spelling, capitalization, and
punctuation were retained in this finding aid. Some poems have
additional titles docketed on the versos of the page; this is indicated as
"title on verso" in the note field. These verso titles vary slightly in wording, spelling, or capitalization from
the heading title at the top of the poem.
The collection is arranged thematically: the modern items, the
notebook, poems, and prose. Poems are arranged chronologically, with a
separate folder for each year. Only one item is housed in Box 2, as noted below. All other items are housed in Box 1 and
are enumerated here by folder and item number only.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
works to 1800
Women poets, English--Early works to 1800
Genres and Forms