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Research Guide: ENGL 491 Alice Through the Looking Glass

Ellen Terry's letter to Lizzie Winters: Background Information

Ellen Terry's letter to Lizzie Winter: Three pages of a compound object (Cassady Collection, USC Digital Library)

I. The Object (a primary source) and Archival Metadata

Examine the entire compound object.  Study archival descriptions (metadata), in USC Digital Library and the Cassady Collection Bibliography (ctrl/F). 

Pg.1 of the handwritten letter.

Typed transcription of the letter.


Ellen Terry, 1898




II. Preliminary searches on the Web.

A preliminary internet search indicates that Ellen Terry ( see Victorian Web) was a famous actress. [Google>> "Ellen Terry" and "Victorian Web"]  Google doesn't help to find relevant information on Lizzie Winter. However, the archival description of the letter in USC Digital Library states that she was Mrs. William Winter. This William Winter comes up in Wikipedia if you search for "William Winter" and "Victorian theater."


Research tips:
Ellen Terry photographed by Charles Dodgson
(Victorian web, not part of the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection)

III. Subject Encyclopedia and Dictionaries (vetted by experts on editorial boards)

Wikipedia entries are not always vetted by experts. So double check facts in Oxford Reference Online. It is a source vetted by scholars and available via USC Libraries. It leads to many entries on William Winter, the 19th-century American theater critic.