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William Allingham Papers, 1839-1925 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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ID: 01/01/MSS00003

Primary Creator: Allingham, William (1824-1889)

Extent: 6.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence and Visual and Literary works. Correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The William Allingham Papers date from 1846 to 1920. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence, with letters sent to and written by Allingham, his wife Helen, their children, and other third-party individuals. The collection also includes visual and literary works, such as sketches, poems, and ephemera. The range of topics in the collection pertains to the mid-nineteenth century cultural and literary milieu of the Pre-Raphaelites happening in England and Ireland of which Helen and William were a part of.

Collection Historical Note

William Allingham (1824-1889) was an Irish poet and editor. He was born in Ballyshannon, in the county of Donegal, Ireland. His early career included working at a bank and other clerical positions, meanwhile he pursued writing poetry. His first book of poetry entitled “Poems” published in 1850, contained two of his most well-known poems, “The Fairies” and “The Goblin Child of Ballyshannon.” In 1863, he moved to London, where he published his longest poem, “Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland.” In 1874, he became the editor of “Fraser’s Magazine,” which was a publication dedicated to conservative politics of the Victorian era. In the same year, Allingham married his wife, Helen Patterson, who was an illustrator and water-colorist painter. Under her married name, Helen Allingham pursued a career in painting and received the honor of becoming an Associate of the Royal Watercolor Society. The couple had three children: Gerard Carlyle, Eva Margaret, and Henry William. Both William and Helen were well acquainted with the members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who were a group of English painters, poets, and art critics, founded in 1848 that were inspired by nature, realism, and sought topics from literary sources. After his death in 1899, Allingham was survived by his wife, Helen and their children.

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Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 boxes, 2.5 cubic feet

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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