For the most part, this collection was assembled by David B. Magee for sale with printed materials of Victorian and Edwardian authors. Mr. Magee scoured England and the United States for books, manuscripts, and other materials of interest in documenting the Victorian period in England and eventually published a three-part catalog entitled Victoria R. I., in which he listed many of these items. In 1969, Brigham Young University purchased the entirety of these catalogs, which is now the core of the Harold B. Lee Library’s Victorian Collection. In subsequent years, the library purchased additional Victorian and Edwardian materials from Mr. Magee, whose individual slips describing these materials are housed in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The Magee numbers listed herein refer to the numbers assigned by Mr. Magee in both his published and unpublished listings of Victorian materials.
Over time, the library also purchased a few manuscripts to augment the fine collection assembled by Mr. Magee. These items appear in this finding aid with the designation "NA," indicating they have no Magee numbers. The records for these purchases are missing.