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Sydney Carlyle Cockerell Letters

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Dec 1996

Biographical History

Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962) was an English book collector and an authority on illuminated manuscripts. Active in literary circles, he was private secretary to William Morris (thereby becoming a major collector of Kelmscott Press books) and was Thomas Hardy's executor. For thirty years (1908-1937) he was Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sydney Carlyle Cockerell Letters consists of three letters of the English book collector and museum director. Two are to John S. Mayfield of Syracuse University. The third is to an unknown person, C----blatt. The 1946 letter includes a note on William Morris' aims in founding the Kelmscott Press.

Arrangement of the Collection



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Subject Headings


Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle, Sir, 1867-1962.
Morris, William, 1834-1896.

Corporate Bodies

Kelmscott Press.

Genres and Forms



Book collectors.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Sydney Carlyle Cockerell Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

1946 letter, gift of George and Lena Arents, 1973.

Other letters, gift of John S. Mayfield.

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