Papers of the Stoker Family

Repository: Trinity College Dublin

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of the Stoker Family
Archive ReferenceIE TCD MS/11076
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1688-1998
Extent Medium13 archive boxes


Creator(s): Stoker family of Dublin

  • Administrative History ↴

    The author Bram Stoker's father, Abraham Stoker (1799-1876) spent a long career as a civil servant in Dublin Castle. His wife Charlotte (1818-1902) was born in Sligo and married Abraham in 1844. Over the next ten years they had seven children together. Despite her pressing family obligations she became an active social campaigner, and a member of the Statistical and Social Enquiry Society of Ireland, to whom she gave addresses on various issues. One of their children, Sir William Thornley Stoker (1845-1912), became a successful surgeon, and served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons from 1894 to 1896. His brother Bram (1847-1912) was a novelist and short story writer - his most famous work being the Gothic novel Dracula - and theatre manager. He graduated from Trinity College in 1870, having studied mathematics and developed a love of theatre there. In 1878 he married Florence Balcome (1858-1937), and the couple moved to London where Stoker became acting-manager and then business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre, a post he held for 27 years. The Stokers had one son, Irving Noel Thornley Stoker (1879-1961), who became a chartered accountant.
  • Archival History ↴

    The papers were purchased in June 1999
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Stoker family of Dublin ↴

    These papers contain the personal, legal and professional papers of the Stoker family, whose most famous member was the author Bram, as well as papers of other families and individuals. Also included are photographs and genealogical material.
    The papers relating to Abraham Stoker focus mainly on his career in Dublin Castle, while those relating to his wife Charlotte reflect her activities in the area of social issues.
    The collection also charts the rise of their son William Thornley Stoker, from his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Queen’s College Galway, where he received his MD in 1866, to his subsequent appointment to various prestigious medical appointments in Dublin. Also reflected in the collection are his friendship with the banking heiress and philanthropist Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts, and his professional dealings with George Montague, 8th Duke of Manchester and John Plunkett, 17th Baron Dunsany, as well as his close collections with leaders of the Home Rule movement, including the MPs John Redmond and John Dillon.
    Among the papers that relate directly to Bram is documentation focussing on his financial transactions while resident in Dublin, his efforts to secure the serialisation of his early novel The Snakes Pass in The Globe magazine and his dealings with his London publishers William Heinemann and Collier & Co. The collection also traces the growth of the Dracula industry, from its accounts of several early stage adaptations of the novel, to the scholarship of Stoker critics and biographers in the second half of the twentieth century.
    Some material in the collection relates to William and Bram’s brother Thomas, who worked in the Indian Civil Service from 1872 to 1899, as well as to Bram’s son Irving Noel Thornley Stoker, who worked as a chartered accountant in London.
    There is a distinct series of letters to Henry Seymour Trower (d.1912) and his wife Juliet. Trower was a Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Navy League, and Juliet was a well-known London hostess whose social circle included a variety of literary and artistic figures.
    Also included in the collection are some papers of the Balcombe and Sweeting families, as well as photographs including images of members of the Stoker and other families.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Each section deals with an individual family or family member; there are two further sections: photographs and miscellanea

Conditions of Access & Use

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Creation Dates1688-1998
Extent Medium13 archive boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level description with index is available to view online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteAdapted by Natalie Milne
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date of Descriptions41883