CollectionSomerville and Ross Collection
Collection DescriptionThis is a significant collection of personal and literary papers of one of Ireland's most celebrated literary partnerships, Edith Somerville (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915), alias “Somerville and Ross,” . The collection reflects the lives, work and interests of Somerville and Ross, and consists of diaries, correspondence, working papers, and draft manuscripts. Some of Somerville and Ross's correspondence and illustrations have been digitised and are available through QUB's Digital Special Collections and Archives. A descriptive list for the collection is available (see link)
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Diaries of E. Oe Somerville, 1873-1948, 76 volumes, c.13,100 pages. Also the diaries of Violet Martin covering the years 1875-1915, 37 volumes, c.3,750 pages. Edith Somerville's diaries begin when she was sixteen and end in her ninety-first year. Those of Violet Martin cover her life from her fourteenth year until a few weeks before her death. Also included are four files (c.550 typed pages) containing the notes of Miss Muriel Currey, a niece of Violet Martin and cousin of Edith Somerville, on the diaries.

AccessBy prior appointment.
Century19th, 20th
Repository NameQueen's University Belfast Special Collections and Archives
AddressQueen's University Library Floor 1 The McClay Library 10 College Park Belfast
UK Postal CodeBT7 1LP
Telephone+44 28-9097-6333
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CommentSome of the information listed from this repository has been extracted by the Women's History Project from lists available in the library. It must be remembered that due to time constraints, not all items in this repository were examined individually. We are grateful for the assistance provided by Mary Kelly, librarian.