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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

About the Collection

Victoria University Library holds a research collection of international importance containing manuscripts, papers and printed books belonging to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and others of his circle, including Wordsworth, Southey and Lamb. It provides an especially rich resource for the study of Coleridge's private papers and informal conversation.

Extensive secondary materials are also held in the collection to support Coleridge studies.

Introduction to the Collection

by H.O. Dendurent

Most specialists know of the existence of the S. T. Coleridge Collection of manuscripts and rare books at Victoria University, but probably few are familiar with the scope and depth of materials which place the collection, according to The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, second in importance for Coleridge studies only to that of the British Museum ....
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Accessing the Collection

There are three ways to access parts of the collection:

1. Analytical description of the collection:

Complete Analytical Description (Part I, Part II, and Part III)   PDF
Part I. Works by Coleridge
Writings in Book Form HTML PDF
Writings in Anthologies and Others' Works / Newspaper Contributions and Association Items HTML PDF
Writings in Manuscript or Transcript, including Poems, Collected Writings, Dramatic Pieces, Prose Works, and Sermons and Lectures HTML PDF
Letters / Groups of Letters (transcribed or printed) HTML PDF
Notebooks HTML PDF
Marginalia (primarily transcripts) HTML PDF
Miscellaneous Notes / Table Talk HTML PDF
Part II. Coleridge Association Items
Books in the Coleridge Library HTML PDF
Letters to S. T. Coleridge HTML PDF
Malta Documents / Documents Relating to Coleridge’s Writings / Other Bills and Documents HTML PDF
Contemporary Reviews and Assessments / Material Collected for Scholarship & Criticism & Coleridgeiana HTML PDF
Part III. The Coleridge Circle
Verse and Other Writings / Correspondence / Miscellaneous Writings / Documents / Miscellaneous HTML PDF
Guide to References and Abbreviations HTML PDF
Index of Names HTML PDF
Victoria University Library would like to thank “The Wordsworth Circle” for permission to publish the analytical description of the S. T. Coleridge Collection at Victoria University Library. Copyright © 1974 Marilyn Gaull.

2. University of Toronto Catalogue for catalogued items written by Coleridge or supporting Coleridge studies. Some of these items also appear in the Analytical Description above.

3. Microfilm lists (positive | negative) contain some items that are not in the Analytical Description or the Catalogue.

You also may wish to consult the new acquisitions lists for the Coleridge Collection | see new acquisitions.

Please contact a reference librarian if you require any assistance using the above tools, or if you have any questions about the collection.

Electronic Texts, Microfilm Collections & Indexes

  • Legends:
  • Pratt logoAvailable at E.J. Pratt Library
  • Emmanuel logoAvailable at Emmanuel Library
  • UofT logoUofT members only

The Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor ColeridgeUofT logo
The complete edition of Coleridge's letters, augmented by his early family letters and the letters of his son, Hartley, all from Oxford University Press. The database contains the following works:

  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Coleridge - the early family letters. Edited with an introduction by James Engell. Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Edited by Earl Leslie Griggs, 6 volumes. Oxford: Calrendon Press 1956-1971; rpt. Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Coleridge, Hartley. The Letters of Hartley Coleridge. Edited by Grace Evelyn Griggs and Earl Leslie Griggs. London: Oxford University Press, 1936.

Coleridge & Literary Society, 1790 - 1834: the Papers of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834) from the British Library, London. VUCO
A Listing and Guide to the Microform Collection, available in E J Pratt Library, Z8183 .C59 2001 Ref

Jackson Bibliography of Romantic Poetry by J.R. de J. Jackson UofT logo

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) UofT logo
A database of full-text books -- 150,000 English-language titles and editions -- published in the eighteenth century. Included in this collection are numerous works by S.T. Coleridge, miscellanies with contributions by Coleridge, translations by Coleridge, and works by Coleridge's contemporaries. Eighteenth Century Collections Online includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile UofT logo
The 19th Century Masterfile is an accumulation of various indexes to printed materials from the nineteenth century. It includes numerous citations to works written by and about S.T. Coleridge and his contemporaries, including monographs and articles published from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, and Coleridge's work in different editions published under the editorship of various individuals. Full-text links provided to articles by and about Coleridge in publications such as Harpers New Montly Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and the North American Review Index..

Sample of E-Books published by Oxford University Press UofT logo:

  • North, Julian. The domestication of genius: biography and the romantic poet. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009 (Available Online or Pratt Library Stacks PR756 .B56 N67 2009)
  • Halmi, Nicholas. The genealogy of the romantic symbol. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007 (Available Online or Pratt Library Stacks PR448 .S94 H35 2007)
  • O'Neill, Michael. The all-sustaining air : romantic legacies and renewals in British, American, and Irish poetry since 1900. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007 (Available Online)
  • Vickers, Neil. Coleridge and the doctors, 1795-1806. Oxford: Clarendon Press ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004 (Available Online or Pratt Library Stacks PR4487 .M4 V54 2004)
  • Lockwood, Tom. Ben Jonson in the Romantic age. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005 (Available Online or Pratt Library Stacks PR2637.4 .G7 L63 2005)

From The Friends of Coleridge, an organization that aims to foster interest in the life and works of Coleridge and his circle:

Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly Website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture, published by the University of Maryland.

From the Romantic Circles' Electronic Editions Collection:

From Representative Poetry On-Line at the University of Toronto:

From the Making of America Collection from the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service UofT logo:

From Iowa Digital Libraries from the University of Iowa Libraries:

  • Leigh Hunt Online: The Letters
    This collection will digitally present the surviving correspondence of Romantic poet, writer, and editor Leigh Hunt (1784-1859). The project has several phases.