Author Biography

Thomas McLean is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Otago. He is author of The Other East and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Imagining Poland and the Russian Empire (2012) and editor of Further Letters of Joanna Baillie (2010).


This article describes an honours-year class conducted in 2013 at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Students transcribed, annotated and wrote essays about a little-known New Zealand collection of unpublished letters written by leading British women writers of the Romantic era. Their research was then collected and published as a book entitled "In Her Hand: Letters of Romantic-Era British Women Writers in New Zealand Collections." The success of this course suggests the benefits of allowing students the opportunity to undertake original archival research and serves as a reminder that rich archival collections are found all over the world.


Letters, Correspondence, Archives, British Literature, New Zealand