Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910

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William James Rolfe was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1827, the son of John Rolfe and Lydia Davis. After attending Amherst College from 1845-1848, he was principal and master of several high schools in Massachusetts. He later became a prominent Shakespearean scholar and textbook author. He earned master's degrees from Harvard University (1859) and Amherst College (1865). On July 30, 1856, he married Eliza Jane Carew; their three children were John, George, and Charles. William James Rolfe died on July 7, 1910.

From the guide to the William Rolfe collection, Rolfe, William collection, 1845-1850, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

American teacher, philologist, editor of Shakespeare.

From the description of Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1907 & n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864974

William James Rolfe (1827-1910), author, editor, scholar, and president of Emerson College 1903-1908. Prepared editions of Shakespeare's plays for use in elementary schools.

Charlotte Fiske Bates (1839-1916), poet, scholar, editor of The Cambridge Book of Poetry and Song (1882). Contributed poems to leading magazines and assisted Longfellow in compilations of poetry for publication and in translations.

From the description of Letters to M. Bigelow and Charlotte Fiske Bates, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 57936877

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creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Silsby, Seneca Falls, New York [manuscript], 1886 December 25. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to unidentified recipients [manuscript], 1882-1887. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe to Miss Bates [manuscript], 1889 February 23. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dowden, Edward, 1843-1913. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, Frederick James Furnivall, and William J. Rolfe, 1876-1907. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Amy Lowell autograph collection, 1523-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters and postcards signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to J. Parker Norris, Philadelphia [manuscript], 1877-1880. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Morgan, Appleton, 1845-1928,. Autograph letter signed from Appleton Morgan, New York, to William Winter, New York [manuscript], 1890 February 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Shakespeare as a family man [manuscript], 19th or 20th century. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to William Winter, New York [manuscript], 1902 February 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Mrs. George Hambrecht [manuscript], 1905 February 25. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed W.J. Rolfe to: Miss Freeman June 20, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to William Winter, New York City [manuscript], 1899 October 25. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Norris, Joseph Parker, 1847-1916,. Autograph letters signed from J. Parker Norris, Philadelphia, to Rev. F.G. Fleay [manuscript], 1877-1880. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Miss Lawton [manuscript], 1900 May 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to "Madam" [manuscript], 1896 December 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Morgan, Appleton, 1845-1928,. Autograph and typescript letters signed to Appleton Morgan from various correspondents [manuscript], 1850-1908. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Extract from a lecture, 1854 [manuscript], 1900 May 21. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf William Rolfe collection, Rolfe, William collection, 1845-1850 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, [1873]-1908, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed W. J. Rolfe to: "Dear Doctor" February 21, 1910. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed W.J.Rolfe to:"My dear Kate" Wellesley College
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to various recipients [manuscript], 19th-20th century. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, to Mr. Ferris [manuscript], 1903. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed W. J. Rolfe to: "My dear Secretary" May 6, 1889. Wellesley College
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
referencedIn Correspondence, 1864-1906. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed W.J. Rolfe to: "Dear Kate" June 20, 1908. Wellesley College
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. Autograph letter signed Mary Cowden Clarke to: "Dear kind Friend" October 24, 1882. Wellesley College
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Autograph letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1859-1884. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Littledale, Harold, 1853-1930. Autograph letter signed Harold Littledale to: "Dear Sir" March 4, 1883. Wellesley College
creatorOf Halliwell-Phillipps, J. O. (James Orchard), 1820-1889. Autograph letter signed J.O. Halliwell-Phillips to: "Mr. Rolfe" February 8, 1886. Wellesley College
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton papers, 1773-1932 (inclusive) 1833-1895 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Letters to M. Bigelow and Charlotte Fiske Bates, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Crosby, Joseph, 1821-1891,. Letter from [Joseph] Crosby to [William James?] Rolfe [manuscript], 1881 February 15. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Quote from Romeo and Juliet emended and signed by W.J. Rolfe [manuscript], 1905 July 22. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Marriott, Elizabeth. Autograph letter signed : Exeter, to Dr. William J. Rolfe, 1899 Sept. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886. Autograph letter signed C.M. Ingleby to: "Mr. Rolfe" March, 27, 1880. Wellesley College
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby from various correspondents [manuscript], 1861-1886. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Savage, Howard, J., b. 1886. Annotated classroom texts used in Professor Kittredge's English 2, 1908-1909. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to an unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1879 November 27. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters and postcards signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to various recipients [manuscript], 1880-1882. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Autograph letter signed W.J. Rolfe to: "Dear Kate" February 13, 1909. Wellesley College
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. William J. Rolfe Papers, 1890-1904. Peabody Essex Museum
referencedIn Dorr, Julia C. R. (Julia Caroline Ripley), 1825-1913. [Julia Dorr papers], 1839-1924. Middlebury College
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton additional papers, 1836-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters signed from W.J. Rolfe to various unidentified recipients [manuscript], 1896-1906. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph note signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to an unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1897 April 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898,. Autograph letters signed from Mary Cowden Clarke to various recipients [manuscript], 1843-1896. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letter signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to William Winter, New York [manuscript], 1902 February 15. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters and memo signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1880-1893. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. A famous Shakespeare forgery [manuscript], 19th or 20th century / by Dr. W.J. Rolfe. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Donnelly, Ignatius, 1831-1901. [In the tribunal of literary criticism papers / by Ignatius Donnelly]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Black, Ebenezer Charlton, 1861-1927. Autograph letter signed E. Charlton Black to: "My dear Miss Bates" October 24, 1910. Wellesley College
referencedIn Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence, 1843-1911. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to William Winter, New York [manuscript], 1900-1902. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters signed from W.J. Rolfe, Cambridge and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, to various recipients [manuscript], 1885-1906. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dorr, Julia C. R. (Julia Caroline Ripley), 1825-1913. Correspondence with Mr. Rolfe, Boston, April 27, Dr. Ward, Rutland, Vt. to Mr. Rolfe, Boston, April 19, 1879, Dr. Rolfe, The Maples, Dec. 20, 1872, Mr. Bridgman, Rutland, Vt., June 22, 1880, and M. Laird Simons, Centre Rutland, May 27 / Julia C .R. Dorr. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910,. Autograph letters and postcard signed from W.J. Rolfe, Massachusetts, to A.H. Dooley, Indiana and Missouri [manuscript], 1876-1899. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Dewitt Miller Correspondence, 1881-1907 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1907 & n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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correspondedWith Abbott, 19th/20th cent. person
associatedWith Abu-Khalil, Alexander, 1869-1903 person
associatedWith Amherst College corporateBody
associatedWith Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626 person
associatedWith Bates, Charlotte Fiske, 1838-1916, person
associatedWith Bates, Katharine Lee, 1859-1929. person
associatedWith Black, Ebenezer Charlton, 1861-1927. person
associatedWith Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 person
associatedWith Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. person
associatedWith Brut, Mrs., fl. 1886 person
associatedWith Bullock, Christopher, 1690?-1724 person
associatedWith Clarke, Mary Cowden, 1809-1898. person
associatedWith Craik, George L. (George Lillie), 1798-1866. person
correspondedWith Crosby, Joseph, 1821-1891, person
associatedWith Dall, Caroline Wells Healey, 1822-1912. person
associatedWith Dartmouth College corporateBody
associatedWith Donnelly, Ignatius, 1831-1901. person
correspondedWith Dooley, A. H., fl. 1876-1899 person
correspondedWith Dorr, Julia C. R. (Julia Caroline Ripley), 1825-1913. person
associatedWith Dowden, Edward, 1843-1913. person
associatedWith Edwards, M. H. person
correspondedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
correspondedWith Ernst, Mr., fl. 1885-1906 person
correspondedWith Ferris, Mr. fl. 1903 person
associatedWith Fleay, Frederick Gard, 1831-1909 person
associatedWith Furness, Horace Howard, 1833-1912 person
associatedWith Furness, Horace Howard, 1865-1930 person
associatedWith Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910 person
associatedWith Halliwell-Phillipps, J. O. (James Orchard), 1820-1889. person
correspondedWith Hambrecht, Mary, fl. 1905 person
associatedWith Hammond, William G. (William Gardiner), 1829-1894 person
associatedWith Harper & Brothers. corporateBody
associatedWith Hathaway, Anne, 1556?-1623 person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 person
correspondedWith Houghton, Henry Oscar, 1823-1895 person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886, person
associatedWith Ireland, W. H. (William Henry), 1777-1835 person
correspondedWith Lawton, Miss, fl. 1900 person
associatedWith Littledale, Harold, 1853-1930. person
associatedWith Lodge, George Cabot, 1873-1909 person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Marriott, E. (Elizabeth), b. 1814 or 15 person
associatedWith Marriott, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Miller, Dewitt, 1857-1911 person
correspondedWith Morgan, Appleton, 1845-1928, person
associatedWith New Shakspere Society (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Norris, Joseph Parker, 1847-1916, person
correspondedWith Oppenheim, William George person
associatedWith Owen, Orville Ward, 1854-1924 person
associatedWith Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1855-1902. person
associatedWith Palmer, George Herbert, 1842-1933. person
associatedWith Pott, Henry, Mrs., 1833-1915 person
associatedWith Rideing, William H. (William Henry), 1853-1918. person
correspondedWith Rolfe, Frederick, 1860-1913 person
associatedWith Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882 person
associatedWith Sargent, Roger M. person
associatedWith Savage, Howard, J., b. 1886. person
associatedWith Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902 person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
correspondedWith Silsby, Mary R., 1843 or 4-1916 person
correspondedWith Smith, Mr., fl. 1885-1906 person
associatedWith Sweeney, Louisa L. person
associatedWith Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892 person
correspondedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person
correspondedWith Trowbridge, J. T. (John Townsend), 1827-1916 person
associatedWith Webb, Judge, 1821-1903. person
associatedWith Webb, Thomas E. (Thomas Ebenezer), 1821-1903. person
associatedWith Wellesley College. Shakespeare Society. person
associatedWith White, Richard Grant, 1821-1885 person
correspondedWith Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892 person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
associatedWith Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 person
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Cambridge (Mass.)
New Orleans (La.)
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Volumnia (Legendary character)--Manuscripts
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Death 1910

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