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Collection Title: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson Papers

Collection Number: DG0279

Inclusive Dates: circa 1866-1873

Volume: .30 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Acquired by the de Grummond Collection

Copyright: The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code).  Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research."  It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch:

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as the author Lewis Carroll, was born January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire England. The oldest of ten children born to Rev. Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge, he enjoyed entertaining his younger siblings with stories and adventures—a trait that would prove valuable in his later years.

Dodgson was a math scholar from a young age, and his academic achievements led to him attending Christ College at Oxford on a "studentship" (scholarship) in 1850, where he continued on as a Lecturer of Mathematics after his completion of study. In addition to his mathematics work, he wrote essays, political pamphlets, and poetry, and was an avid photographer of portraits—with children being among his favorite subjects. Dodgson also suffered from a stammer which usually made him self-conscious, but found that he could easily speak with, and entertain, children.  Inspired to write down his stories by a young girl named Alice Liddell, his work eventually found its way to a publisher.  Writing under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll, Dodgson penned one of the most popular children’s books of all time with his Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.  The sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There followed in 1871.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson died of pneumonia on January 14, 1898 at the age of 65.


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Scope and Content:

This collection contains only one item: a letter from author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to Mrs. Margaret Gatty, editor of the popular Aunt Judy's Magazine from 1866 to 1873.  In the letter, Dodgson stated that he included a manuscript from a Mrs. Hatch for possible publication and that any future correspondence with Mrs. Hatch should be sent to her address in Oxford.

Series and Subseries:

A. Correspondence, n.d.

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence


Charles Dodgson to Margaret Gatty, n.d., one item.


Processed: June 10, 1994; Revised: September 2013

Created by: Dee Jones and Danielle L. Bishop
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Revised: September 26, 2013