Digital Collections


The Browning Letters

This digital collection features the compelling Browning love letters in the Margaret Clapp Library, Special Collections, at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and the Browning letters in the world renowned Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University. This collaboration is an effort to make information about the lives and works of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning available to scholars and enthusiasts around the globe. The project is continuing to grow. More letters are being digitized from each institution's collections and other Browning repositories, such as the Harry Ransom Center, Ohio State University, and Balliol College, are beginning to join in this project.

The letters can be browsed or searched by date, author, keyword, or first line of text. This project is funded in part by the Bob and Anna Wright Endowed Fund.


The Journal of William Surtees Cook

Much of what is known about William Surtees Cook comes from the extensive journals he kept from about 1835 until just before his death in 1887. The journals prior to October 1844 and those covering the period September 1845 to October 1847 are missing. Born in 1813 near Brentwood, Essex, he was Elizabeth Barrett Browning's second cousin and brother-in-law, having married EBB's sister, Henrietta, in 1850. This four-volume journal provides a unique perspective of the Brownings and contains entries covering details of Elizabeth's death, as well as her father's. It also gives numerous insights into the religion, politics, and class structure of the nineteenth century, adding a fresh and encompassing view of nineteenth-century England.

A generous gift by Anne Birkhead in loving memory of her mother, Frances Lewis Birkhead (Baylor, class of 1947), and her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. George E. Lewis, provided funding for the digitization and transcription of the journals.


19th Century Women Poets Collection

This growing collection consists of poetry written by women in English and published from 1800 to 1900. The collection includes a few titles published in the early 20th century (1901 - 1919), in instances where the same poet published works in the 19th century. While the emphasis is on poetry published in Britain, works published in the United States are also included.

Embracing a wide range of styles, written by women whose station in life ranged from dairymaid to grand lady, the collection includes topics such as religion, ancient Greek and Roman myth, daily life, romance, nature, motherhood, and local and national history. Each digitized volume is searchable by keyword and is linked to a bibliographical record in Baylor's online catalog, BearCat. The full list of records can be viewed here, and sorted by author, title, or date of publication.