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Huntington Digital Library

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About this collection

The Manuscripts collection in the Digital Library contains a selection from the Huntington Library’s approximately six million manuscripts dealing with English and American history and literature from the 11th century to the present, and with the complementary fields of European medieval manuscripts, Renaissance exploration and cartography, Latin American history, and the History of Science and Technology. Particular strengths include Middle English literature, English politics and law in the Early Modern era, the English aristocracy from the later Middle Ages through the 18th century, American colonial history, 18th century British and American military history, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the exploration and development of the American West, the development of American observational astronomy in the 20th century, and California from its discovery to the present. English and American literary collections from the 14th century to the present day are especially strong in materials relating to Middle English verse and prose, Renaissance poetry, the 18th century, Victorian literature and the pre-Raphaelites, American literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, the relations of authors to editors, and the development of English and American drama over 500 years. There are full archives of several distinguished modern authors including Jack London, Wallace Stevens, Kingsley Amis, Christopher Isherwood, Charles Bukowski, and Hilary Mantel.

 
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