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Papers of Jean Ingelow and Mackenzie Bell

Call Number: MS 45


This collection contains the correspondence, notes, drafts, proofs, and one photograph pertaining to Mackenzie Bell's preparations in writing a magazine article about fellow 19th century English poet and author Jean Ingelow. The article was prepared for The Atlantic Monthly and Girls' Quarterly.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1897


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Jean Ingelow

Jean Ingelow (1820-1897) was a successful English poet and writer, the first child of banker and shipping merchant William Ingelow (1794/5-1855) and his wife Jean (1798/9-1876). Ingelow was educated at home by her mother and aunt. She spent most of her adult life in Kensington, London.

Ingelow penned many poems with a wistful and nostalgic tone, as well as novels and children's stories. Her work was admired by other poets of her era, including Alfred Tennyson and Christina Rossetti. She was a member of the Portfolio Society and knew many other poets of the era, including John Ruskin, Robert Browning, Anna Sewell, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Biography of Mackenzie Bell

Henry Thomas Mackenzie Bell (1856-1930), known by his penname Mackenzie Bell, was an English poet, editor, and critic of literature. He studied abroad on the European mainland, returning to Great Britain in 1884 and settling in Ealing, London.

Bell corresponded with Ingelow in preparation of an interview and article he was writing about her. He wrote biographies of Christina Rossetti and Charles Whitehead and had several volumes of poetry published, as well as contributing to numerous magazines of his era and the Dictionary of National Biography.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



The collection has been organized by format, correspondence coming first and materials related to preparing Bell's article second. The materials related to the article include fair copy, corrected galleys, and proofing material. There is also a photograph of Ingelow, inscribed to Bell, at the end of the collection.

Physical Location

MS 45

Physical Location


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchases, Arthur Rogers [and others?], circa 1956-1961.

Guide to the Jean Ingelow and Mackenzie Bell Collection
Papers of Jean Ingelow and Mackenzie Bell
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1992; revised by anm, 2019. Finding aid encoded by anm, 2019; revised by mmj, 2024.
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Preferred citation
Papers of Jean Ingelow and Mackenzie Bell, MS 45, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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