Byron Society Collection

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Byron Collection

The Byron Society of America was founded in 1973 by Marsha M. Manns and Leslie A. Marchand to further the study of the life and work of Romantic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824). In 1995, Manns and Marchand also founded the Byron Society Collection, which represents a material history of Byron literary and cultural studies from the 19th century to the present day. Conceived as a living collection to which Byron Society members and friends could contribute their own collections, it has grown significantly over the decades. The collection has been divided into five smaller collections: Byron Society Collection, Byron Realia Collection, Byron Society of America Archive, Leslie A. Marchand Papers and Ephemera, Jerome J. McGann Papers and Ephemera.

By nature the collections are interdisciplinary and situated at the institutional intersection of the library and the museum. They are being developed for scholars, students, and individuals interested in the Romantic period in literature, in the Greek Revolution, in publishing history, in material culture, and in cultural studies.

The Byron Society Collection New Website
On April 19th, 2024 in recognition of Lord Byron’s 200th death anniversary, Drew University Special Collections launched a new website for The Byron Society Collection. The site features links to two newly published digitized collections on Jstor. The Byron Realia collection features over 200 items and features paintings, engravings, busts, Staffordshire, and more unique items like a lock of Lord Byron’s hair. The Betty T. Bennett’s Mary Shelley Monograph collection is a complete digitization of Dr. Bennett’s chapter drafts for her unpublished typescript. Drew University has been granted permission by her son, Matthew Bennett, to fully digitize and publish her unfinished typescript. We hope this act honors Dr. Betty T. Bennett and her work, and promotes the accessibility of her extraordinary scholarship.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 scholars, researchers, and the curious public gathered at Drew University to explore the work of Romantic writers, Byron and Austen.

Byron Society Collection Library

The library of the Byron Society Collection contains more than 6,000 volumes including many early editions of Byron’s works, scholarship and research, and other printed materials. Of note are letters and autograph materials of Catherine Gordon Byron, Thomas Moore, Edward Trelawny, Lady Byron, and others. Notably, the collection contains books from the collection of Michael Rees, former Secretary of the International Council of Byron Societies, as well as other Byron scholars and collectors including Leslie Marchand, Betty Bennett, J.B. Yount, and David and Deirdre Stam.

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Byron Realia Collection

The Byron Realia Collection includes visual representations and portraits, such as Rembrandt Peale’s 1825 lithograph of Byron, as well as busts and Staffordshire figures, medals and plaques, drawings and engravings, and decorative and other material objects that demonstrate the impact of Byron’s life and works on his readers, both past and present.

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Byron Society of America Archive

The Byron Society of America Archive contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial files, newsletters, and articles that document the founding and activities of the Byron Society of America. The Society brings together Byron scholars and devotees to support scholarship, tours, conferences, lectures, and programs.

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Betty T. Bennett Papers

The Betty T. Bennett Papers contain the research, writings, correspondence, reproductions, and manuscript materials relating to Bennett’s academic research and publications. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence related to research and work in the field of English literature, specifically that related to Mary Shelley and her circle. Also included are numerous reproductions of Shelley’s letters and manuscripts from various cultural institutions.

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Leslie A. Marchand Papers and Ephemera

Leslie A. Marchand Papers and Ephemera contains the research, writings, correspondence, facsimile reproductions, and materials relating to his voluminous publications. Included are numerous facsimile reproductions of Byron’s manuscripts and reviews of Marchand’s main works: Byron’s Letters and JournalsByron: A Biography, and Byron: A Portrait.

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Jerome J. McGann Papers and Ephemera

The collection contains Byron-related papers of Jerome McGann, scholar of 19th century literature and culture, and editor of Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. It also includes his working files for the OET Byron edition, a large set of facsimiles of Byron MSS and associated Byroniana, and scholarly and critical materials used in his work on Byron and the historical period.

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