University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Derwent Moultrie Coleridge:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie, 1828-1880
Title: Derwent Moultrie Coleridge Collection
Dates: 1836-1880, undated
Abstract: Includes letters and manuscripts written by Derwent Moultrie Coleridge, son of Derwent Coleridge and grandson of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, including a large number of letters written to his mother, Mary Pridham Coleridge. Also included are a few personal documents including a baptismal certificate and copies of marriage and death certificates.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-0855
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 Untitled poem As the fire burns clear and bright..., handwritten manuscript, 8 pages, undated.
Untitled poem Whenever me a singer sings..., handwritten manuscript, 3 pages, undated.
John Coleridge Patterson, initialled handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, 20 September 1871.
Lines to Miss A. and F. M—y, signed handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, undated; invitation to his birthday party.
To Christabel Rose Coleridge, handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, 7 March 1844.
To Christabel Rose Coleridge, handwritten manuscript / copy, 2 pages, 7 March 1844; in Mary Pridham Coleridge's hand.


1.2 AL / incomplete to unidentified recipient, undated.
ALS to unidentified Aunt Rosa, 7 August 1853.
2 ALS to Coleridge, Christabel Rose, 8 July no year, 7 August 1853.
ALS to Coleridge, Derwent (Father), 7 August 1853.
ALI to Coleridge, Ernest Hartley (Erny), 23 March no year.
1.3-5 120 ALS, 1 ALS / incomplete, 7 ALI, 1 ALI / incomplete, 5 AL / incomplete, 1 AL / copy to Coleridge Mary Pridham, 1842-1880.
1.2 ALS to Dusantoy, Sara Jacobson Pridham (Auntie), 7 August 1853.
ALS to Short, Charles, Captain, 7 August 1853.
1.6 3 ALS, 1 AL / incomplete to Trevenen, Emily, 1847, undated.


1.7 Coleridge, Henry James, 1822-1893. ALS to Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie, 28 April 1848.
Powles, John Diston. ALS to Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie, 9 April 1836.
Pridham, John Drake. ALS to Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie (Grandson), 14 November 1836.


1.8 Becke, Frederic. ALS to Coleridge, Mary Pridham re Derwent Moultrie Coleridge, 30 August no year.
Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie. Baptismal certificate, handwritten document / copy, 1 page, 21 November 1828; copy made in 1853.
1.9 Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie. Certified copies of marriage and death certificates, 13 February 1879 and 5 December 1880, certified copies issued 11 September 1991. Gift 1996 (G10488); not described in card catalog.
1.8 Coleridge, Derwent Moultrie. IOUs to Wise, George Forster, 3 signed handwritten documents, 1 page each, 1869-1872.
Forster, Elizabeth. ALS to Coleridge, Mary Pridham re Derwent Moultrie Coleridge, 26 January 1871; enclosed is an IOU from D. M. Coleridge to George Forster Wise, 24 December 1870.
Glover, William. ALS to Hearne, Henry, 12 August 1852.
Grantz, Carl L. Transcription of 129 Derwent Moultrie Coleridge letters in HRC collection, typescript /copy, 406 pages, undated. Gift 1996 (G10488); not described in card catalog.
1.10 Letters 1-63, 1852-1865.
1.11 Letters 64-129, 1865-1880.
Horton, Emma:
1.8 ALS to Coleridge, Christabel Rose, 17 October 1858. Written on sheet of The polyglot newsletter, October 1858.
ALS to Coleridge, Mary Pridham, 16 October 1859.
ALS to Coleridge, Ernest Hartley, 24 October 1860.
Short, Charles, Captain. ALS / incomplete to unidentified recipient re Derwent Moultrie Coleridge, undated.
Wise, George Forster. ALS to Coleridge, Derwent re Derwent Moultrie Coleridge, 16 June 1869.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date