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Thomas James Wise:

Literary File Photography Collection

Creator: Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937
Title: Thomas James Wise Literary File
Extent: 0.5 document box (.21 linear feet)
Abstract: Thomas James Wise was an English book collector and biographer who became known for literary forgeries and stolen documents that were resold or authenticated by him. The collection of 163 items, which include photographic portraits of Wise and various other people, negatives of correspondence to and from him and of articles on literary forgeries, and lantern slides of frontispieces and portraits.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-002636
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at photography@hrc.utexas.edu.



Acquisition: Internal transfer
Processed by: Susan McClellan, 2006, and Sarah Sauri and Kait Dorsky, 2016
Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


The collection consists of 163 items by and related to the English book collector and biographer Thomas James Wise. Included are portraits of Wise and various other people, such as Joseph Conrad, Harry Buxton Forman, Herbert E. Gorfin, Edmund Gosse, Thomas Hardy, Clement King Shorter, and James Patterson Smart. There are also negatives of correspondence to and from Wise and of articles on literary forgeries from the Symington Collection at Rutgers University, and lantern slides of frontispieces and portraits. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file.
This file forms a part of the Literary Files photography collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures and businesses, and generally include portraits and images taken or collected by and/or of those people and businesses.

Additional materials by and about Wise can be found in the Ransom Center's Thomas James Wise Collection and Thomas James Wise Art Collection.

People

Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937.

Subjects

Authors, English--19th century--Portraits.
Authors, English--20th century--Portraits.
Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Portraits.

Document Types

Acetate negatives.
Gelatin silver prints.
Lantern slides.
Nitrate negatives.