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Scrapbook, "Ghostiana and Phantomia", 1895 - 1920, bulk: 1902 - 1910

 Item — Box: 19

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

Series IV, the Stewart Marsh Ellis papers, forms the last series of the Montague Summers papers, consisting of the letters, scrapbooks, and ephemera of the literary biographer S.M. Ellis which came into Summers' possession after the death of Ellis in 1933. There is ample evidence of the shared interests of Ellis and Summers, particularly in Victorian Romantic literature, ghost stories, and in the supernatural, generally, and letters from each as well. The letters in the S.M. Ellis papers roughly equal in extent those to Montague Summers in the collection. In the case of the newspaper clippings collected by Ellis, only those marked for Ellis by the cutting services or showing his handwriting or other reasonable evidence have been described in this series; quite likely, clippings or other material originally collected by Ellis have been described in the first three series of the Montague Summers papers.


  • Publication: 1895 - 1920
  • Majority of material found within 1902 - 1910

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From the Collection: 9.64 Linear Feet (21 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Separated Materials

Loose clippings from this scrapbook have been separated and are described in the News Clippings file of the Stewart Marsh Ellis papers series.

Small scrapbook, with the bookplate of S.M. Ellis and title-lable by Montague Summers, containing 'true' reports of ghosts and hauntings, short stories, an account of "The 'Unlucky Mummy' at the British Museum" (1909), and fairy lore clipped from a variety of publications including T.P.'s Weekly, John Bull, and The Occult Review. Also includes autograph accounts by S.M. Ellis of his research into ghosts, including: "The superstition of 'The Coal-Coffins.' Curious incident at Hill House Southwold."; "'My Grandmother's Tale.' Told to Barham, Author of 'The Ingoldsby Legends' by Mrs. Hughs, of Knighton Lisle."; "The Haunted Drive Told by Mrs. H. Robertson to S.M.E."; "The Beverly Ghost Told by Mrs. Crouch of Drayton Park, Crouch End to S.M.E."; "Southwold Ghost Stories from D.R. Gooding"; "Hill House, Southwold"; "The Keydon Hall Ghosts"; and a poem, "The Night after bringing home a skull from Dunwich, Dedicated to C.P." and signed S.M.E. (dated 1905-04-23).


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
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