The Charles Dickens Collection, 1836-1896

Overview of the Collection

The Charles Dickens Collection
1836-1896 (inclusive)
2 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Includes serial publications, original parts, proofs, photographs, and articles about the great English novelist, Charles Dickens. Most of the materials were produced during Dickens' life.
Lewis & Clark College, Special Collections and Archives
Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and Archives
Aubrey R. Watzek Library
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland, OR
Telephone: 5037687758
Fax: 5037687282
Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions and is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Includes serial publications, original parts, proofs, photographs, and articles.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, broadcast, or quote from materials in the Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections requires written permission of the Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The Charles Dickens Collection, Lewis & Clark College Aubrey Watzek Library Archives & Special Collections, Portland, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged alphabetically by novel title, and by format and date for materials not associated with a specific novel.

Location of Collection

Special Collections Rare Books PR4500

Acquisition Information

Assembled by Paul Merchant and donated to Lewis & Clark College in 2011.

Future Additions

The collection will be periodically supplemented with similar materials by Charles Dickens.

Processing Note

Processed in 2012.

Related Materials

Other books by Dickens are housed with Special Collections Rare Books.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
1.1 The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, proof cover 1836
1.2 Nicholas Nickleby, proof cover and 5 illustrations 1838
1.3 Martin Chuzzlewit, proof cover Jan. 1843
1.4 Dombey and Son, proof cover Dec. 1846
1.5 Dombey and Son, no. 4
Chapters 17-19; London: Bradbury and Evans
Mar. 1847
1.6 David Copperfield, no. 1
Chapters 1-3; London: Bradbury and Evans
May 1849
1.7 Bleak House, 15 proofs for original plates 1852
1.8 Bleak House, no. 1
Chapters 1-4; London: Bradbury and Evans
Mar. 1852
1.9 The New York Journal, vol. 2 part 2
Hard Times, chapters 7-10; New York: P.D. Orius
Jun. 1854
1.10 Household Words, vol. 9 no. 5
Hard Times, chapters 20-36; New York: T.L. McElrath and Co.
Sep. 1854
1.11 Little Dorrit, no. 3
Chapters 9-11; London: Bradbury and Evans
Feb. 1856
1.12 >Harpers's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 8 no. 68
Little Dorrit, chapters 5-18
1.13 A Tale of Two Cities, proof cover 1859
1.14 Our Mutual Friend, proof cover May 1864
1.15 Our Mutual Friend, no. 1
Partial copy, chapters 1-4; London: Chapman and Hall
May 1864
1.16 The Leisure Hour Library, vol. 3 no. 255
Our Mutual Friend, entire novel; New York: F.M. Lupton
Aug. 1889
1.17 The Mystery of Edwin Drood, no. 1
Chapters 1-5; London: Chapman and Hall
Apr. 1870
2.1 Household Words, vol. 8 no. 176
1 original copy, 1 photocopy
Aug. 1853
2.2 Household Words, part 91 nos. 393-397
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices (not by Dickens)
Oct. 1857
2.3 Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions, the Extra Christmas Number Dec. 1865
2.4 Mugby Junction, the Extra Christmas Number
Contains 8 stories, 4 by Charles Dickens: "Barbox Brothers"; "Barbox Brothers and Co."; "Main Line: the Boy at Mugby"; "No. 1 Branch Line: The Signalman"
Dec. 1866
2.5 Advertisements
"The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices"; "Hard Times"; "New Work of Fiction"
2.6 Charles Dickens, portrait 1839
2.7 Charles Dickens, portrait photograph c. 1868
2.8 Emlyn Williams as Dickens
c. 1958
2.9 book jacket for The Disappearance of Edwin Drood, by Peter Rowland, cover 1991
2.10 book jacket for Dickens, Drood, and the Detectives, by Ray Dubberke, cover 1992
3.1 The Illustrated London News
Illustration and brief description of Dickens reading
Jul. 1858
3.2 Harper's Weekly, a Journal of Civilization, vol. 4 no. 204
Great Expectations, chapters 1-3
Nov. 1860
3.3 Harper's Weekly
Article titled "Mr. Charles Dickens's New Reading"
Feb. 1869
3.4 Every Saturday, an Illustrated Journal of Choice Reading, vol. 1 no. 15
Article on Dickens, illustrations, and chapters 1-2 of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Apr. 1870
3.5 The Graphic
Portrait of Wilkie Collins
Dec. 1871
3.6 Sheet Music for Dombey and Son
"What Are the Wild Waves Saying?", a duet between Paul and Florence; music by Stephen Glover; Boston: F. Trifet

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Novelists, English -- 19th century

Personal Names

  • Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870