University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Sara Fricker Coleridge:

An Inventory of Her Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 1770-1845
Title: Sara Fricker Coleridge Collection
Dates: 1794-1931, undated
Abstract: Includes primarily letters sent and received by Sara Fricker Coleridge, essayist and wife of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Present are a number of letters written to Derwent Coleridge, Mary Pridham Coleridge, Mary Stranger, and Emily Trevenen as well as letters to Sara Fricker from Robert Southey, Mary Hutchinson Wordsworth, and others.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-0867
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


1.2 Diary, handwritten manuscript written in three diaries, 184 pages total, 1843-1845.
1.1 On the death of Berkeley Coleridge, handwritten manuscript initialed, 1 page, 1799.
Remembrances of STC and RS, handwritten manuscript in notebook, 8 pages, undated; one leaf loosely laid in; in daughter Sara Coleridge's hand; also entitled Mrs. Codian's remembrances.


1.3 AL to unidentified recipient, undated.
AL to unidentified recipient, undated.
ALS to unidentified recipient, undated.
1.4 8 ALS, 16 ALI, 4 AL, 1 AL / incomplete to Coleridge, Derwent, 1824-1844, undated; several written to Mary Coleridge also; two include notes from Sara Coleridge and one includes note from Henry Nelson Coleridge.
1.3 ALS to Coleridge, George May, 3 February 1824.
ALS to Coleridge, Henry Nelson, 16 October no year.
4 ALS, 1 ALI to Coleridge, Jane Hart, 1802-1821.
1.5 10 ALS, 1 ALS / incomplete, 15 ALI, 7 AL, 2 AL / incomplete, 2 AN to Coleridge, Mary Pridham, 1829-1845, undated.
1.3 3 ALS, 1 AL to Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1798-1799; one written on ALS from Mr. Poole to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 8 May 1799.
ALI, AL to Coleridge, Sara, 1815-1845.
ALS to Jones, Mrs., undated.
AL / incomplete to Lovell, Mary Fricker, 1845.
2 ALS to Morgan, John James, 1812-1819.
ALS, ALI to Morgan, John James, Mrs., 1811-1813.
ALS, ALI to Southey, Edith Fricker, 1815; letter of 18 October 1815 includes ALS from Herbert Southey to Robert Southey; on letter of 5 November 1815 is ALS from Herbert to his sister Edith.
1.6 15 ALS, 1 ALS / incomplete, 7 ALI, 2 AL to Stanger, Mary, 1842-1845, undated; also enclosed AL to Sara Coleridge, undated.
1.3 20 ALS, 1 ALI to Trevenen, Emily, 1831-1844, undated.


1.7 Coleridge, Sara, 1802-1852. ALS, AL to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 1836-1845.
Lovell, Mary Fricker. AL / incomplete to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 8 June 1844; letter has been torn into three parts.
Patteson, Frances Duke Coleridge. ALS to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 24 October 1836.
Quillinan, Edward, 1791-1851. ALS to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 14 May 1844.
Rickman, Susan. ALS to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 19 September 1829.
Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. 2 ALS to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 1794, undated; includes fragment of letter re Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Robert Southey's hand, circa 1812.
Trevenen, Emily. 3 ALS to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 1841-1845.
Wordsworth, Mary Hutchinson, 1769-1859. 3 ALS, 1 ALI to Coleridge, Sara Fricker, 1836-1845; enclosed with letter of 3 September 1845 is ALS from Moxon to Wordsworth of 2 September 1845.


1.8 Coleridge, Ernest Hartley, 1846-1920. Essay on Sara Fricker Coleridge, handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, undated.
Coleridge, Mary Keate, d. 1859. ALS to Stanger, Mary re Sara Fricker Coleridge's death, 24 September 1845.
Fricker, Laura L. E., b. 1914. ALS to Coleridge, Alwyne Hartley Buchanan, 16 March 1931.
Keating, George. ALS to Weale, 15 August 1835.
Kirk, John, 1813-1886. ALS / copy to Booker, 2 December 1832; includes notes written on letter in unidentified hand.
Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. Inscriptions in verse form written for Samuel Simpson, 2 handwritten manuscripts, 1 page each, 10 October 1821, undated.
Wilson, Mary. Household goods of the late Mrs. Mary Wilson, handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, undated; valued by Jos. Glover.

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