Elizabeth P. Richardson papers
Scope and Contents
The Elizabeth P. Richardson Papers consist of 15 linear feet of material, dating from 1865 to 1998. Types of materials include correspondence, a collection of scrapbooks containing articles and images related to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, reading notes, drafts of essays, notes and galley proofs for Richardson's A Bloomsbury Iconography (Winchester: St Paul's Bibliographies, 1989), and artwork. In addition there are computer files consisting of preliminary worksheets for Masterworks of American Painting and Sculpture from the Smith College Museum of Art edited by Linda Muehlig and others (New York: Hudson Hills Press; Northampton, Mass.: In association with Smith College Museum of Art, 1999). Elizabeth Richardson began editing this catalog until she was forced to withdraw from the project because of serious illness. There are also some digital files relating to updates to A Bloomsbury Iconography.
Dates of Materials
- Richardson, Elizabeth P. (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Biographical / Historical
Elizabeth Power Richardson was born on August 28, 1922 in Newton, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College, graduating in 1943. Elizabeth Power Richardson was the supervising editor at McGraw Hill College Division, specializing in the physical sciences. She continued to work as a freelance editor after she married American Foreign Service officer W. Garland Richardson in 1949.
Richardson's interest in Virginia Woolf began at the age of twelve, when she first heard Flush read out loud. She began collecting articles for her Virginia Woolf scrapbooks in the early 1940s, with the idea of creating a book that would track the fluctuation in Woolf's reputation. Although this project was abandoned, Richardson's interest in Woolf continued as she accompanied her husband abroad to countries such as Suriname and Japan. Unfortunately, her first library of early editions of Virginia Woolf was dropped into Yokohama Harbor by mistake en route from Monrovia, Liberia, to Tokyo. But Mrs. Richardson continued to collect, expanding her collection to include members of the Bloomsbury Group and others associated with Virginia Woolf. Over the years her "working collection" grew to include nearly two thousand volumes along with numerous scrapbooks of ephemera. Richardson was inspired by Roger Fry's statement that "the really useful collector [is one] who by merely bringing objects together, classifying them, interpreting their interrelationships creates new values altogether."1
While living in Suriname, Mrs. Richardson began creating illustration lists for the books in her collection and continued to do so after her return to the United States. Indexing photographic reproductions of the Bloomsbury Group became a passion, which eventually resulted in Mrs. Richardson's meticulously researched publication A Bloomsbury Iconography (Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1989). Soon after her bibliography was published, she moved from her home in Geneva, New York, to Northampton, Massachusetts. In 1985, Elizabeth Richardson presented to Smith College a photograph album compiled by Leslie Stephen in 1895. Mrs. Richardson's children presented their mother's Bloomsbury Iconography Collection to the Mortimer Rare Book Collection after her death in 1998.
1 Richardson, Elizabeth P. A Bloomsbury Iconography. Preface. St Paul's Bibliographies, 1989.
21.854 linear feet (37 containers)
.925 Gigabytes (300 digital files)
Editor and serious collector of the work of the Bloomsbury Group, Virginia Woolf, and other associated with her. Includes correspondence, a collection of scrapbooks containing articles and images related to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, reading notes, drafts of essays, notes and galley proofs for Richardson's A Bloomsbury Iconography, and artwork.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was assembled by Elizabeth Power Richardson and donated to Smith College in 1998. Original correspondence from Elizabeth Richardson was donated by Panthea Reid and J. Howard Woolmer. Tony Bradshaw donated letters written to Barbara Strachey.
- Bell, Anne Olivier.
- Bell, Quentin.
- Bicknell, John W., 1913-
- Bloomsbury group
- Boyd, Elizabeth French, 1905-
- Electronic records
- Kirkpatrick, B. J. (Brownlee Jean)
- Novelists, English -- 20th century
- Publishers and publishing
- Reid, Panthea.
- Richardson, Elizabeth P.
- Rosenbaum, S. P. (Stanford Patrick), 1929-
- Spotts, Frederic.
- Strachey, Barbara, 1912-
- Women novelists, English -- 20th century
- Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
- Woolmer, J. Howard.
- Elizabeth P. Richardson papers
- Finding Aid
- Compiled by Rachel Dwyer
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2005-09-23: manoscmr11 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
- 2019-08-09: Added description of digital files
- 2021-08-25: Removed two frames from oversized artwork box 50.
- 2021-12-21: Integrated former Series VII: Oversized Material into appropriate series.
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