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Meeting Mr Mill

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John Stuart Mill is an important figure in the history of The London Library and an intriguing presence in our institutional archive. Helen O’Neil, Head of Reader Services, continues her archival sleuthing. In researching the Library’s archival records I want to do more than simply unearth those writers and thinkers who have been members of…

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Getting in on the Act: Bram Stoker and Henry Irving

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Our Head of Reader Services, Helen O’Neill, provided a fascinating series of blog posts in 2012, tracing her journey into The London Library Archive. We hope you enjoy her final post for 2012 – the journey will continue in 2013! The Victorian membership records of Henry Irving (1838-1905) and Bram Stoker (1847-1912) date from 1890. …

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Robert Harrison's Commonplace Book

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In this, her third London Library archive blog instalment, Helen O’Neill explores Librarian Robert Harrison’s Commonplace Book and discovers fascinating anecdotes about past ‘literary workers’ in the Library…                         Robert Harrison, Librarian (1857-1893) used this unwanted ledger to scribble anecdotes and personal experiences about his…

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The journey continues…

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Helen O’Neill’s journey into the Library’s archive continues. In this second instalment, Helen discovers the Victorian membership records of some leading writers and thinkers – members who reflect social and cultural themes of the era… We started our archival journey last month with four 20th century membership records. Over the last couple of weeks I have been getting…

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Delving into the Library's archive…

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Helen O’Neill, Head of Reader Services, is about to spend a year examining the Library’s archive, including its remarkable membership records tracing 171 years in the literary life of the nation. Who and what will she find? She’s going to tell us on The London Library Blog. In this first instalment, coinciding with the BBC’s…

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