The Collection was the creation of the financier Carl H. Pforzheimer (1879-1957), who took a special interest in the lives and works of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his contemporaries, including his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, her parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, and such friends and fellow writers as Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont, Teresa Guiccioli, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, Leigh Hunt, Thomas Love Peacock, Horace Smith, and Edward John Trelawny.
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About the Division
Visiting the Collection
Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
Due to the nature of this collection, we advise researchers to contact the division at firstname.lastname@example.org before visiting the Schwarzman Building.
Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
Yes. Please request an appointment through your Special Collections Account or contact us by email at email@example.com.
What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Most Pforzheimer Collection materials are described in the Online Catalog or in the Archives Portal.
Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional queries.
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