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Michael Sadleir papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2053

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes letters from London written by Michael and Betsy Sadleir, research material for novels and Victorian literature, and photographs and papers of Fanny by Gaslight, the movie version of Sadleir's novel. The materials date from 1915 to 1970.


  • 1915-1970


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Michael Sadleir papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Michael Sadleir (1888-1957) was an English novelist, biographer, and prominent bibliographer of nineteenth-century fiction.

Michael Sadleir was born December 25, 1888 at Oxford, England. He was born Michael Sadler but changed his name to Sadleir when one of his novels was wrongly attributed to his father, who was also named Michael Sadler. He attended Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford and then joined Constable and Company, a publishing house. Michael Sadleir is best known for his work as a book collector and bibliographer. He focused on nineteenth-century fiction and was the authority on the work of Anthony Trollope. Though he wrote biographical and bibliographical works on select nineteenth-century authors, his most recognized work, XIX Century Fiction, is an account of his collecting days and a catalog of his personal collection. He sold this collection to the University of California, Los Angeles in 1951. Michael Sadleir died December 15, 1957.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Papers of Michael Sadleir which include photographs, letters and newspaper clippings related to his career and family, 1915-1970.

Custodial History note

Donated by Bertram-Rota (English dealer) in 1989 and 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Bertram-Rota; 1989-1990.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 June 2007.

Register of Michael Sadleir papers
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student porcessors and John Murphy, curator
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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