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William Morris Correspondence

A description of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 10 November 2009

Biographical History

William Morris (1834-1896) was an English poet, artist, socialist and private press founder. A major figure in the English Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris was known for creating fine decorative crafts such as furniture and textiles. He also initiated the private press movement with the founding of his Kelmscott Press in 1891. Morris created beautiful art books using traditional printing methods and medieval-inspired typography and design.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Morris Correspondence consists of two letters, both on Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith letterhead. The first, written in 28 May 1895 is addressed to W. Gaskin, and asks if he and his wife would come visit the Morris family at Kelmscott.

The second, undated letter is a short note addressed to "my dear Stephens." Possibly this is Frederic George Stephens, an art critic and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who was an associate of Morris.

Arrangement of the Collection

The letters are in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds a large collection of books from the private press movement, including many produced by Morris' Kelmscott Press.

Subject Headings


Morris, William, 1834-1896.
Stephens, Frederic George, 1828-1907.


Kelmscott House (London, England)
Kelmscott Press.
Private press books.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Morris Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

1895 letter purchased in 1985. Undated letter gift of Adrian Van Sinderen.

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