Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections



Joseph Conrad Collection, 1898-1942

Part I: Description

Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library
Collection Number: M7

Copyright © 2000 by Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library


Total Boxes: 1
Linear Feet: 0.25

Administrative Information


The majority of the Joseph Conrad Collection was the gift of Ethelinda Schaefer Castle (Bryn Mawr College class of 1908); the three letters from Conrad to Samuel Claggett Chew were the gift of Chew.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Joseph Conrad Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Cite as:

Joseph Conrad Collection, Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.



JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924)

Joseph Conrad, a novelist and short story writer, was born Jozef Konrad Teodor Korzeniowski in Berdichev, Ukraine, and became a British citizen in 1886. Conrad joined the British merchant navy, and traveled worldwide until he married in 1895. He settled in England, where he began writing, drawing upon on his sailing experiences. Among Conrad's novels are The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), and Chance (1914). He also wrote many short stories, including "Heart of Darkness" (1902).


The collection includes letters from Conrad (most with envelopes) to various people regarding his work and life. There is one letter from the American critic James Huneker in which he tells Conrad that he is the "English (and the Polish) Flaubert." The third party letters consist of two letters to Ethelinda Schaefer Castle from Edgar H. Wells (one regarding Conrad's death), and one letter to Castle from Herbert Faulkner West in 1942 about her collection of Conrad materials.

The collection includes three works by Conrad. There is a 1921 corrected typescript of Conrad's foreword to Landscapes of Corsica and Ireland by A. S. Kinkead; a corrected typescript of Conrad's note to "Mirror of the Sea" (Conrad has marked on this work that it is the first draft, which he began in October 1919); and a corrected typescript of "Poland Revisited, Part Two," which is a portion of Conrad's Notes on Life & Letters. This latter typescript is bound into a 1921 printed edition of the work, along with a 1923 letter from Christopher Willard to Thomas J. Wise regarding the manuscript. The collection also contains one printed plate from Conrad's The Point of Honor: A Military Tale.

PART II: Box and Folder List

Processing and description by Miriam B. Spectre.


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