Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, portraits, and pictorial works. The manuscripts include stories, essays, portions and drafts of novels, and reviews by the author, as well as poems and novel plots by her cousin and collaborator Violet Florence Martin (a.k.a. Martin Ross). The correspondence includes letters from the author, dating from 1886 to 1938, to Lady Isabella Augusta Persse Gregory, Violet Martin, Ethel Mary Smyth, the literary agency James B. Pinker and Son, and others, as well as letters relating to the author, dating from 1901 to 1951, between various correspondents, including Geraldine Cummins, Elizabeth Hudson, Violet Martin, Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett, Sir Owen Seaman, James B. Pinker and Son, and others. There are letters to Somerville from Violet Florence Martin dating from 1886 to 1912.
The Edith OEnone Somerville collection of papers are arranged in three series: