Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

About the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and writers and illustrators of the 1890s. It comprises more than 9,500 books, letters, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and artworks, including many items signed by such figures as Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Max Beerbohm, William Morris, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Please note that only a small portion of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is listed in DELCAT.

In 2016, Mark Samuels Lasner generously donated his collection, worth more than $10 million, to the University of Delaware. It is the largest and most valuable gift in the Library’s history. To mark the gift, the University of Delaware Library hosted an exhibition, titled “Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection” and curated by Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, and held a symposium, “Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art.”

Information on the exhibition, “Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection”

Information on the 2017 Mark Samuels Lasner Exhibition and Symposium – This link includes audio recordings of remarks and lectures presented by various symposium speakers as well as a full schedule of program events.


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