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Inventory of the John Ruskin Papers, 1870-1909
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Subject Matter
  • Persons represented by five or more pieces
  • Some important or interesting items
  • Period covered

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Ruskin Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1909
    Creator: Ruskin, John
    Extent: 874 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased from Goodspeed's, September, 1923.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Ruskin Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    John Ruskin was born February 8, 1819 in London. He graduated from Oxford in 1843. After gaining wide recognition as an author, artist, and social reformer, he moved from London to Brantwood, Coniston Water in 1872 where he remained until his death.
    He was elected first Slade professor of art at Oxford in 1870 and held the post until 1878 and then again from 1883 to 1884. From 1878 until his death Ruskin was plagued with recurring brain attacks. He made many trips abroad, several in an attempt to cure himself of these brain fevers.
    However, by 1889 his literary career was at an end. He died January 20, 1900 and was buried at Coniston beside his old friend, Susan Beever. This friendship had begun in 1874 and a voluminous correspondence was carried on between the two until Miss Beever's death in 1893.

    Subject Matter

    • I. John Ruskin's letters to Susan Beever: Materials and readings for Ruskin's works; his writings, health, thoughts and ideas.
    • II. Susan Beever's letters to Albert Fleming, of Ambleside, editor and close friend of Ruskin: Miss Beever's everyday life, her neighbors on Coniston Water, news of Professor Ruskin at Brantwood across the lake.

    Persons represented by five or more pieces

    • Allen, George 25 pieces
    • Beever, Susan 197 pieces
    • Brown, John 14 pieces
    • Cook, Sir Edward Tyas 6 pieces
    • Fleming, Albert 21 pieces
    • Mackerell, H. Pereeval 9 pieces
    • Powell, R. 18 pieces
    • Ruskin, John 536 pieces
    • Wedderburn, Alexander Dundas Ogilvy 9 pieces

    Some important or interesting items

    • Ruskin, John. To Susan Beever. ...But I am anxious about your cold - all the more, that I am anxiously depressed and feeble myself. I ought perhaps to be less so, on that account - and to attribute our sympathetic illness to some quaint shadow of ghostly spring. It is very good and dear of you, thinking of the hawthorne time. I trust there will be a ghostly spring, indeed for us all - some day. And am ashamed for myself that I am not surer of it. [May, 1874< >Sep., 1876]
    • Ruskin, John. To Susan Beever. ...and am very tired today and thinking I had really best give up my Professor-ship on the ground of not choosing to sanction vivisection in University. [1885, >Mar. 22]

    Period covered

    1870-1909. Note: One letter for 1870 and one for 1909. The rest of the letters fall within the period 1873-1902.