University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) Jerome:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka), 1859-1927
Title: Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) Jerome Collection
Dates: 1888-1929
Abstract: Includes several manuscripts and letters written by the English humorist Jerome K. Jerome plus a few letters written to him. Some of the correspondence between Jerome and publisher J. W. Arrowsmith concern his famous travelogue Three Men in a Boat.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2186
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


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 short story, handwritten manuscript with emendations, 10 pages, undated.
1.2 The man who disbelieved in luck, signed handwritten manuscript with emendations, 27 pages, undated. From Hanley II.
1.1 Preface (story), carbon typescript with few handwritten emendations, 12 pages, undated.
Three men in a boat Introduction, handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, 1889.
1.3 Today: A Weekly Magazine-Journal, Edited by Jerome K. Jerome. No. I, proof with revisions and paste-ins, 32 pages, 11 November, 1893. Not described in card catalog.


1.4 2 ALS to unidentified recipients, undated.
ANS no recipient, 1900.
4 ALS to unidentified recipient, 1897, undated.
1.5 9 ALS, 9 ALI to Arrowsmith, J. W., 1893-1897, undated.
13 ALS to Arrowsmith, J. W., re publication of Three men in a boat, 1889, undated.
1.4 ALS to Bowles, G. A. M., 1895.
ALS to Burke, Thomas, 1927.
3 ALS, 1 TLS to Cecil, Arthur, 1891.
7 ALS, 2 ALI, 5 TLS to Colles, William Morris, 1892-1903, undated.
ALS to Hatton, Bessie, undated.
ALS to Hatton, Joseph, 1901.
ALS to James, undated.
ALS to Moscheles, undated.
APCS to Preston, Paul, 1918.
ALS to Priestley, John Boynton, 1924.
3 ALS to Reid, 1894, undated.
1.6 52 ALS, 3 TLS to Scott, Clement William, 1888-1900, undated.
1.4 ALS to Van de Velde, Mrs., undated.
ALS to Woodruff, Mrs., 1907.
3 ALS to Young, no year.


1.7 Arrowsmith, J. W. 4 TL / copies to Jerome, 1889.
Maxwell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon. ALS to Jerome, 1892.
Smith, Arthur. ALS to Jerome, 1889.


1.8 Jerome, Jerome Klapka. Memorandum of agreement with J. W. Arrowsmith re Three men on the Bummel, ADS, 3 pages, 1899.
Moss, Alfred. ALS to Bird, Mr., 1929.

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