Somerville and Ross: Business Correspondence

Repository: Trinity College Dublin

Identity Statement

TitleSomerville and Ross: Business Correspondence
Archive ReferenceIE TCD MS/4276-4277
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1884-1948
Extent Medium50 Boxes


Creator(s): Somerville, Edith Anna Oenone, 1858-1949, writer Martin, Violet Florence, 1862-1915, novelist called Martin Ross

  • Administrative History ↴

    Edith Anna ŒOenone Somerville was an Irish novelist who habitually signed herself as 'E. Œ 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 ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The correspondence is arranged chronologically

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Please contact in advance of your visit
Conditions Governing ReproductionPlease contact for guidance
Creation Dates1884-1948
Extent Medium50 Boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids A full descriptive list with index is available to search online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialIE 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
Publication NoteThese 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)


NoteThe Trinity College Library legacy numbering system applied multiple numbers to single fonds.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteAdapted by Natalie Milne, 2014
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. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT)
Date of Descriptions41699