Catalogue description Bonnell Collection

This record is held by Bronte Parsonage Museum

Details of Bonnell
Reference: Bonnell
Title: Bonnell Collection

Contents include manuscripts, letters and drawings by Charlotte Brontë, Branwell Brontë, Emily Jane Brontë and Anne Brontë. Books owned, and with annotations by, members of the Brontë family including the parents of the Brontë children, Patrick and Maria. Also Brontë associated publications and memorabilia

Date: 1804 - 1926
Held by: Bronte Parsonage Museum, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Bonnell, Henry Houston, 1859-1926, member of the Brontë Society

Physical description: 4.9 linear metres
Access conditions:

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  • Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855, novelist of Haworth
  • Brontë, Patrick Branwell, 1817-1848, clerk
  • Brontë, Emily Jane, 1818-1848, authoress of Haworth
  • Brontë, Anne, 1820-1849, authoress of Haworth
  • Brontë family of Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Haworth, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Women authors
Administrative / biographical background:

Henry Houston Bonnell was a life member of the Brontë Society and collected Brontë material from the 1890s. During his lifetime this collection was considered one of the most valuable and representative in existence. He expressed a wish to see much of his collection return to Haworth and when he died in 1926 his wife carried this out. She made a further donation of the remains of his collection to the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, in the 1960s.

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