Creator(s): Somerville, Edith Anna Oenone, 1858-1949, writer
Martin, Violet Florence, 1862-1915, novelist called Martin Ross
Administrative History ↴
Edith Anna Oenone Somerville was an Irish novelist who habitually signed herself as 'E. Somerville'. She wrote in collaboration with her cousin 'Martin Ross' (Violet Martin) under the pseudonym, 'Somerville and Ross'. Together they published a series of fourteen stories and novels, the most popular of which were 'The Real Charlotte', and 'The Experiences of an Irish R. M.', published in 1899.
Edith tended towards Nationalism and was active in the suffragist movement.
Archival History ↴
Purchased at Sotheby's July 1968
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Somerville, Edith Anna Oenone, 1858-1949, writer
Martin, Violet Florence, 1862-1915, novelist called Martin Ross ↴
The collection consists solely of business correspondence of Edith OE. Somerville and Violet Martin (Martin Ross) with their literary agent and publishers, 1884-1948.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
The correspondence is arranged chronologically
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IE TCD MS 7684 are letters of Edith O.E. Somerville to Alain Comte de Suzannet, 1934-1948.
IE TCD MS 11373 are supplementary Somerville papers including letters from ES to her sister Hildegarde, and some diaries and scrapbooks.
Further papers are held in : The National Library of Ireland; Queen's University Belfast; Harvard University: Houghton Library; Reading University Library: Special Collections; The British Library: Manuscript Collections
These papers are described briefly in Julie Ann Stevens, 'Writing and illustrating Ireland: the Somerville and Ross exhibition, Trinity College Library Dublin November - December 2002' [Dublin: November 2002], pp 18-20.
Gifford Lewis, 'Somerville and Ross: The World of the Irish RM' (London: 1987)
The Trinity College Library legacy numbering system applied multiple numbers to single fonds.
Descriptive Control Area
Adapted by Natalie Milne, 2014
ISAD(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. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT)
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