University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Jacob Epstein:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Epstein, Jacob, 1880-1959
Title: Jacob Epstein Collection
Dates: 1913-1941, undated
Abstract: Includes letters and personal papers of the American-born English sculptor Jacob Epstein plus some works and letters regarding Epstein and his work.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1328
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 18 letters to Van Dieren, Bernard, 1917-1920, undated; included with these: ALS Margaret Epstein to Van Dieren, 1919.
1.2 ALS to Monro, Harold, 1914.


1.3 Unidentified author Meum. ANS to Epstein, Jacob, November 1916.


1.5 Epstein, Jacob. Address book, undated.
1.6 Epstein, Jacob. Financial notebook, 1939.
1.4 Epstein, Margaret. ANS to Monro, Harold, 1913.
1.7 Van Dieren, Bernard. Epstein, illustrated with fifty reproductions in collotype of the sculptor's work, page proofs / incomplete with handwritten revisions, 128 pages, 20 February 1920.
1.4 Wilson (Alfred) Booksellers Limited. 3 TLS Herbert M. Wilson to Boddington, Emily re Jacob Epstein, 1941.
1.8 Wooldridge, H. George. Pipe and Jess, printed book (1928) with handwritten poems and inscription to Jacob Epstein, 1934-1935, 96 pages.

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