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Guide to the Louise Imogen Guiney papers

MSN/MN 3011

 

Collection Summary

Title: Louise Imogen Guiney papers
Dates: 1895-1926 (bulk 1901-1913)
Collection No.: MSN/MN 3011
Creator: Guiney, Louise Imogen (1861-1920)
Extent: Approx. 100 items; 1 container; .5 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: The papers of Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920) are comprised of letters, postcards, and a limited number of papers. The majority of the letters and postcards were written by Guiney to J. R. Tutin, a publisher located in Hull, Yorkshire, who hoped to revive interest in 17th c. literature.

Selected Search Terms

Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920
Guiney, Louise Imogen, 1861-1920--Correspondence
American poetry
English poetry--17th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Louise Imogen Guiney Papers, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: Hesburgh Libraries acquired the Guiney papers from several vendors and dealers, the last of which was "Brick Row Book Shop" (Houston, TX). Arranged and described by Kenneth Kinslow. Finding aid 2014, by Ingrid Adams.

Biographical Note

Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920) was born at Roxbury in Boston's South End. Her father, an Irish-Catholic immigrant, rose to become a brigadier general in the Union army and died in 1877 when his daughter was a student at the Jesuit-run Elmhurst Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating and while living with her mother and aunt, she began writing essays and poetry which appeared in newspapers and magazines in the early 1880s. Her Elmhurst education, which included Latin, French, Italian, music, history, and literature, provided the foundation for her literary pursuits. Her first book of poetry, Songs at the Start was published in 1884. Although she had to work in the post office and later the public library, her poetry met with enough success to encourage her pursuit. A Roadside Harp, published in 1893, is usually considered her best volume of verse. Besides her poetry, Guiney wrote prose and edited the work of other poets. For example, A Little English Gallery contains essays on such writers as Lady Danvers, George Farquhar, and William Hazlitt, and in 1897 she published an edition of the 19th century Irish poet, James Clarence Mangan.

Having already made two trips abroad, Guiney traveled again to England in 1901 to take up permanent residence. During this time abroad, primarily at Oxford, she busied herself with editing the poetry of others and with literary criticism. Her especial interest was the Catholic tradition in literature and the seventeenth century English poets. She produced works on Henry Vaughan (1621-1695), Thomas Stanley (1625-1678), and Katherine Philips (1632-1664). She continued writing her own poetry, which appeared in magazines, and in 1909 she published Happy Ending: the Collected Lyrics of Louise Imogen Guiney, which included selections from earlier works as well as previously unpublished poems. During the succeeding years Guiney suffered frequent health problems that often interfered with her literary work. She died of arteriosclerosis in 1920.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Louise Imogen Guiney was considered an important figure in American literature; however, her reputation has largely declined. If they are aware of her at all, critics today generally view her poetry as dated. On the other hand, her recognition of seventeenth-century poetry interestingly preceded the restoration of the metaphysical poets by such figures as T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Scope and Content Note

With the exception of the last one written to a certain "Mrs. Hooker," the letters, approximately 100 in number, are all from Louise Imogen Guiney to J. R. (John Ramsden) Tutin (1855-1913). They were written between 1895 and 1913. Tutin published such books as Thomas Stanley and the Selected Poems of Katherine Philips, to which Guiney contributed.

Arrangement Note

Both series, the letters as well as the miscellaneous papers, are arranged chronologically.

Related Material

Among the most important holders of Louise Imogen Guiney papers are: the Library of Congress and the Dinand Library at Holy Cross College.

Container List

  • Series 1: Correspondence 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/MN 3011-1) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Boston, Massachusetts, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1895 January 26-November 26. 3 ALsS, 12 pages on 3 folded sheets, with envelopes.
      • Folder 2 (MSN/MN 3011-2) Letter. Louise Imogen Guiney, Boston, Massachusetts, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1896 February 20. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
        • Folder 3 (MSN/MN 3011-3) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1901 November 19-27. 4 ALsS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet plus 3 pages, with envelopes.
          • Folder 4 (MSN/MN 3011-4) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Boston, Massachusetts, to J. R. Tutin, Yorkshire, England, 1902 June 22-26. 3 ALsS, 4 pages on 3 folded sheets, with envelope.
            • Folder 5 (MSN/MN 3011-5) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Yorkshire, England, 1902 August 19-October 26. 5 ALsS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet plus 6 pages on 2 sheets, with envelope.
              • Folder 6 (MSN/MN 3011-6) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1903 October 23-December 19. 4 APCsS, 4 cards.
                • Folder 7 (MSN/MN 3011-7) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull) and Great Fencote, England, 1903 March 18-September 26. 2 ALsS, 3 pages on 2 folded sheets, with envelopes.
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/MN 3011-8) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, London and Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1903 October 15-27. ALsS, 4 pages on 2 folded sheets plus 2 pages, with envelope.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/MN 3011-9) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1903 December 9-31. 4 ALsS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet plus 3 pages, with envelope.
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/MN 3011-10) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1904 January 4-12. 3 ALsS, 8 pages on 3 folded sheets, with envelopes.
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/MN 3011-11) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1904 January 15-20. 3 ALsS, 4 pages on 2 folded sheets plus 1 page, with envelopes.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/MN 3011-1) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1904 January 17-September 27. 4 APCsS, 4 cards.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/MN 3011-13) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1904 February. 4 ALsS, 10 pages on 4 folded sheets, with envelope.
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/MN 3011-14) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1904 July 18-October 28. 3 ALsS, 3 pages on 2 folded sheets plus 1 page, with envelope.
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/MN 3011-15) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, to J. R. Tutin, Cottingham (near Hull), England, 1905 August 11. APCS, 1 card.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/MN 3011-16) Letter. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, 1905 August 19. ALS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet with enclosure.
                                    Enclosure of receipt for 20 shillings.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/MN 3011-17) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1906 January 29-February 14. 3 ALsS, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet plus 3 pages, with envelope.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/MN 3011-18) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1906 May 30-October 6. 3 ALsS, 8 pages on 3 folded sheets, with envelope.
                                        • Folder 19 (MSN/MN 3011-19) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1906 February 12-December 30. 3 APCsS, 3 cards.
                                          • Folder 20 (MSN/MN 3011-20) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1907 January 9-October 26. 3 ALsS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet plus 4 pages, with envelope.
                                            • Folder 21 (MSN/MN 3011-21) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1907 January 16-April 4. 3 APCsS, 3 cards.
                                              • Folder 22 (MSN/MN 3011-22) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1907 February 7-11. 2 APCsS, 2 cards.
                                                • Folder 23 (MSN/MN 3011-23) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Falmouth, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1908 April 7. APCS, 1 card.
                                                  • Folder 24 (MSN/MN 3011-24) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Falmouth, England, to J. R. Tutin, 1908 April 10-13. 2 ALsS, 2 pages.
                                                    • Folder 25 (MSN/MN 3011-25) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Boston and Houlton (Maine), to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1909. APCsS, 2 cards.
                                                      • Folder 26 (MSN/MN 3011-26) Letter. Louise Imogen Guiney, Boston, Massachusetts, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1909 December 30. ALS, 4 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope.
                                                        • Folder 27 (MSN/MN 3011-27) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Boston, Massachusetts, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1910 January 24-September 4. 2 ALsS, 4 pages on 2 folded sheets plus 1 page, with envelopes.
                                                          Besides Guiney's 2 letters, the folder includes a short letter from George N. Norton to Tutin; Norton on behalf of Guiney, who was ill at the time, pays a small bill.
                                                          • Folder 28 (MSN/MN 3011-28) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford and London, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1910 October 4-December 9. 4 ALsS, 11 pages on 4 folded sheets, with envelopes.
                                                            • Folder 29 (MSN/MN 3011-29) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Falmouth and Ramsgate, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1910 January 25-December 30. 4 APCsS, 4 cards.
                                                              • Folder 30 (MSN/MN 3011-30) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Falmouth, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1911 January 17-March 30. 4 ALsS, 10 pages on 4 folded sheets, with envelopes.
                                                                • Folder 31 (MSN/MN 3011-31) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford and Falmouth, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1911 January 11-July 19. 3 APCsS, 3 cards.
                                                                  • Folder 32 (MSN/MN 3011-32) Letter. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1912 January 12. APCS, 1 card.
                                                                    • Folder 33 (MSN/MN 3011-33) Letters. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to J. R. Tutin, Hull, England, 1913. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet, with envelope, APCS, 1 card.
                                                                      • Folder 34 (MSN/MN 3011-34) Letter. Louise Imogen Guiney, Oxford, England, to Mrs. Hooker, 1913 July 4. ALS, 2 pages on 1 folded sheet.
                                                                      • Series 2: Miscellaneous Papers 
                                                                        • Folder 35 (MSN/MN 3011-35) Pages with regard to Dante's Divine Comedy, 1893. 36 pages.
                                                                          Thomas William Parsons's translation of the Divine Comedy was published the year after he passed away, and Louise Imogen Guiney wrote a memorial sketch of Parsons (1819-1892) for the book.
                                                                          • Folder 36 (MSN/MN 3011-36) Henry Vaughan. Offprint of the "Mount of Olives," 1902. 16 pages.
                                                                            Guiney, who was interested in the metaphysical poetry of Henry Vaughan (1621-1695), edited and published this devoltional treatise. The offprint is incomplete.
                                                                            • Folder 37 (MSN/MN 3011-37) Photograph. Louise Imogen Guiney, 1906. Reproduction, 23 cm.
                                                                              Photo appeared on January 17, 1906 in the weekly, the Tatler, which was published in London.
                                                                              • Folder 38 (MSN/MN 3011-38) Advertisement for the book Thomas Stanley: His Original Lyrics, 1907. 2 items.
                                                                                Guiney edited the work of Thomas Stanley (1625-1678). The ad features a portrait of Stanley done by Sir Peter Lely, and the folder includes a separate reproduction of this frontispiece.
                                                                                • Folder 39 (MSN/MN 3011-39) Reviews/Comments on the publication of The Letters of Louise Imogen Guiney, 1926. 2 pages.
                                                                                  The 2 volumes were published by Harper and Brothers.