Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 90

Houghton Library has the most extensive collection of Keats materials in the world, thanks in large part to Arthur Houghton and Amy Lowell, both of whom donated their impressive collections. There is a room dedicated to Keats at Houghton that can be visited as part of the public tour on Fridays at 2:00 pm or at other times by appointment.

Keats’ manuscripts are restricted because of their extreme fragility. Photostat copies of poems and letters are available to anyone, as is the publication John Keats: Poetry Manuscripts at Harvard, A Facsimile Edition, ed. Jack Stillinger (Harvard University Press, 1990), which reproduces most of the poetry manuscripts. 

You can search the finding aids for Keats manuscripts by going to OASIS and choosing the Browse Finding Aids tab. Then choose Limit by repository = Houghton Library, Jump to = Keats, and click GO.

In HOLLIS, you can browse though the volumes held in the Keats room, which include Keats’ personal books, presentation volumes, and editions of his works, by doing a Basic Search with Search Type = Other call number and Search for = Keats. Permission of the Curator is also required to view Keats’s personal books and presentation copies.

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