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Charlotte Brontë:

Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855
Title: Charlotte Brontë Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: circa 1860s-1910s
Extent: 142 items
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-00281
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Please note: Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at

Scope and Contents

The Charlotte Brontë Literary File consists of 142 photographs, the bulk of which are glass negatives. While there are some images of people pertaining to Brontë, including family members and friends, most depict places associated with her and the Brontë family. The glass negatives are listed with the numbers from the original housing but are grouped according to size: 10.6 x 8 cm, 16.3 x 12 cm, and 16.5 x 21.6 cm. (There is a negative number "1" in each of the first two size groups.) Negatives without original numbers are listed after numbered negatives of the same size. Descriptions in quotes are taken from inscriptions on the negatives, either on the glass or on material adhered to the glass, unless otherwise noted.

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