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William Harrison Ainsworth carte-de-visite

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 273

Scope and Contents

Carte-de-visite photograph of William Harrison Ainsworth, incribed by Ainsworth with a note to Charles Dickens dated Feb. 8, 1866. Photograph dated approximately 1866.


  • approximately 1866


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Harrison Ainsworth carte-de-visite must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) was a Victorian author. He was also a friend and colleague of Charles Dickens.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth. At a young age he left school and worked in a factory due to his father's placement in debtors prison. He was a well known author who gained immense popularity in his lifetime. He wrote fifteen novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and articles, as well as lectured extensively. He also edited a literary jounral for twenty years. In April 1836 Dickens married Catherine Thomson Hogarth and together they had ten children. Dickens also helped found and manage a home for fallen women in the working class for ten minutes. Dickens died in June of 1870 after suffering a stroke.


1 photograph : black and white; albumen ; 11 x 7 cm

Language of Materials


Physical Location

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Custodial History

Item was purchased from David Magee in 1976. Prior custody of item is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; David Magee; 1976.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the David Magee papers (MSS 1335).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photograph to plastic sleeve for preservation.

Register of William Harrison Ainsworth carte-de-visite
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 February 27
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States