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Edward Rose: writings and family correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10138

Scope and Contents

MS Add. 10138 contains scripts (draft and later versions) of plays and other writings by Rose, as well as family correspondence covering Rose’s life from childhood until his death. Other writings by Rose include ‘The Rose Reader’ (a book outlining a method to teach children to read), a novel and poetry. Collected souvenir programmes and promotional material relating to 19th century theatre are also included. The correspondence (MS Add.10138/3) has been calendared to provide short summaries of the contents, including some direct quotation. The catalogue has retained original historic language that may be offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. In order to reflect the original context of creation, such historic language has not been edited or replaced.


  • Creation: c.1852-1915


Conditions Governing Access

The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see

Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138

Conditions Governing Use

With the proviso that the original material in the MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers to be the subject of an imaging request will not be damaged by the process, our Digital Content Unit will accept orders for digital images by completion of an on-line form. Reproduction of these images is the subject of a separate on-line application. See

It is also possible to photograph the papers for personal research purposes using self-service photography in the Manuscripts Reading Room.


14 archive box(es) (14 archive boxes, paper) : paper

Language of Materials



Play scripts have been arranged by rough date and then alphabetically within the dates range. The correspondence was arranged chronologically when deposited, and has been kept in that order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were purchased in June 2016 from a descendant of Edward Rose.

Related Materials

The Department of Manuscripts and Archives at Cambridge University Library also holds another group of Edward Rose's correspondence and papers (MS. Add. 9526) which were deposited in 1998. MS Add.9526 contains many letters from actors, actresses and theatre managers, about current productions for the London stage, and for tours in the provinces, as well as some biographical information.


This description was prepared by Madelin Evans, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, August-November 2016.



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Repository Details

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