University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

W. H. (William Henry) Hudson:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922
Title: W. H. (William Henry) Hudson Collection
Dates: 1887-1923, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts and letters by the novelist and naturalist William Henry Hudson, who was born in Argentina of American parents, but who lived and worked in England most of his life. The collection contains a few manuscripts relating to Hudson’s interest in nature, especially in birds, while the bulk consists of his letters to Lady Margaret Brooke, who was the Ranee of Sarawak.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2055
Extent: 2 boxes (.84 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


1.3 Dead man's plack and an old thorn, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 138 pages, undated (published 1920). Purchase, 1990 (R12053); not described in card catalog.
1.1 Hampshire days, page proofs with handwritten corrections, xvi, 336 pages, 24 March - 10 April 1903. From the Hanley Collection. Not described in card catalog.
1.2 Selborne revisited, printed proof with handwritten corrections, undated. From Longman’s magazine.


1.4 ALS to unidentified recipient, 25 April no year.
ALS to unidentified recipient, 2 November 1913.
ALS to unidentified recipient, 4 December 1917.
3 ALS to unidentified recipient, 1921. From the Drake Collection.
ALS to unidentified recipient, 7 December 1921.
1.5-8 179 ALS, 5 ANI to Brooke, Margaret Alice Lilly De Windt, Lady, Rani of Sarawak, 1912-1921, undated.
1.4 ALS to De Windt, Mr., 5 August no year.
ALS to Jones, Herbert, 17 April 1887. Not described in card catalog.
Christmas card to Jones, Herbert, Mr. and Mrs., Christmas 1899. Not described in card catalog.
ALS to Martindale, Miss, 24 May 1909.
ALS, APCS to Richards, Grant, 26 March 1900, 12 April 1900?
ALS to Salt, 30 January 1901.
ALS to Simson, J. Spicer, 23 June 1921.
ALS to Whitaker, Miss, 30 May no year.


2.1 Dent, Joseph Mallaby, 1849-1926. TLS to Brooke, Margaret Alice Lilly De Windt, Lady, Rani of Sarawak re William Henry Hudson, 26 March 1923.
Hodgkin, T. Edward? Drawing of a bird, pencil drawing, 1 page, undated. Removed from QL 690 G7 H85 1902.
Masefield, John, 1878-1967. ALS to Hudson, 6 November 1919. Removed from ALS to Lady Margaret Brooke, Rani of Sarawak, 19 November 1919.
Palliser, Edith. ALS to Hudson, 15 December 1919.
Roberts, Morley. 12 ALS to Brooke, Margaret Alice Lilly De Windt, Lady, Rani of Sarawak re William Henry Hudson, 1922.
2.2 Shrubsall, Dennis, editor. W. H. Hudson’s letters to HH Ranee Margaret of Sarawak, transcribed, introduced, edited and indexed by Dennis Shrubsall, carbon typescript, 249 pages, 1919.

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