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Charles Kingsley collection

Call Number: MS P176


This collection consists of two letters written by Anglican clergyman and author Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), collected from various sources by Spencer Research Library staff.


  • 1855, 1865


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

Charles Kingsley was the son of a clergyman, growing up in Devon, England. After graduating from Magdelene College, Cambridge University, he was made curate at Eversley in 1842, later becoming the parish priest. In 1848 Kingsley became a founding member of the Christian Socialist movement, a movement to correct the evils of industrialism through Christian ethics.

Kingsley became chaplain to Queen Victoria in 1859 and held a professorship in modern history at Cambridge University from 1860-1869. He was made a canon of Westminster in 1873.

Kingsley wrote several novels, including Alton Locke (1850), Hypatia (1853), Hereward the Wake (1866), and The Water-Babies (1863). He also wrote poetry. His brother was the novelist Henry Kingsley (1830-1876), and his niece, Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900), was a travel writer and adventurer.

[Information retrieved from the Encylopedia Britannica,]


2 folders

Physical Location

MS P176

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Item 2: gift, William P. Albrecht, 1971.

Guide to the Charles Kingsley Collection
Charles Kingsley collection
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1971, 1972. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2020.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Charles Kingsley collection, MS P176, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States