Thomas Hardy


1897 portrait of Hardy.

Starting in the 1920s, the academic interests of Professor Carl Weber resulted in library acquisitions that came to form the core of our remarkable Thomas Hardy collection. Weber published a checklist of Colby’s Hardiana in 1936. The collection at that time comprised hundreds of published prose and verse writings by Hardy, and books and articles about him. The published materials were complemented by handwritten letters and manuscripts. The work of the Colby Library Associates, via the Colby Library Quarterly and other venues, brought in additional published and unpublished items including periodicals, musical scores, photographs and numerous translations into non-English languages. Weber desired to amass a comprehensive Hardy collection in order to trace Hardy’s literary career and scope of influence as Hardy’s works went through various editions and formats.

Works consulted:

Colby Library Quarterly. Waterville, ME: Colby College Library. Print and web.

Weber, Carl J. Hardy at Colby: A Checklist of the Writings By and About Thomas Hardy Now in the Library of Colby College. Waterville, ME: Colby College Library, 1936. Print.

Weber, Carl J. Thomas Hardy in Maine. 1941. New York: Haskell House, 1975. Print.


Published items in our Hardy Collection are described in the Colby Libraries web catalog. Each item is designated with a HARDY prestamp before the call number.