A significant collection of personal and literary papers of Edith Somerville (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915) alias “Somerville and Ross,” one of Ireland's most celebrated literary partnerships. An important and unique collection reflecting the lives, interests and work of the two authors, the Somerville & Ross Papers consist largely of diaries, correspondence, working papers, and draft manuscripts relating to the authors’ literary activities, personal interests and affairs. Many of the literary papers are annotated, included in the collection at Queen's are handwritten notes and manuscripts relating to numerous publications produced under the Somerville & Ross name.
A large collection of correspondence from Dame Ethel Smyth to Edith Somerville is also included in this collection.
Access to digitised materials from this collection is restricted in compliance with terms and conditions of the Literary Estate. Researchers may access the digitised correspondence between Edith Somerville and Ethel Smyth by completing a permission to access form available from Special Collections & Archives.
Access to digitaised correspondence in these collections is managed using WordCat credentials. You must have an account with WorldCat. A WorldCat account is free, it can be set up here http://www.worldcat.org
An outline list of the Somerville & Ross Manuscripts is available here.
A collection level description is available on RASCAL.