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Rudyard Kipling Collection

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling, a well known English author who rose to the height of fame in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, is best know for his short fiction and his children’s stories, particularly The Jungle Book, the Second Jungle Book, and Just So Stories. Kipling’s wife, Caroline, was American and had family in the Brattleboro area, which is how Kipling came to live in Vermont for five years at the turn of the century. He fell in love with the mountains and winter and designed his dream home, Naulahka, which still stands today, just north of Brattleboro, VT.




Books and Journal articles

This collection includes many rare and first editions such as The Phantom ‘Richshaw and Other Tales (1888), Departmental Ditties and Other Verses (1886) and journal articles in their original volumes. Most materials are from the Howard C. Rice, Jr. Collection. Browse our catalog holdings to see titles included in this collection.


These photographs primarily focus on Kipling’s Vermont years (1892-1896) and include a broad spectrum of images of Kipling, his family, friends, relatives and Naulakha. Most images are from the F. Cabot Holbrook Collection, owned by The Landmark Trust USA. It was purchased from the Holbrook family in 1993. See a sampling of these images on our Flickr page.

Primary Documents

This collection includes materials related to Rudyard Kipling that were stored in a Brattleboro, VT bank vault for nearly 100 years. This box apparently had been left behind when the Kiplings left Vermont in 1896. See a sampling of these documents on our Flickr page.

Collection Guides

Rudyard Kipling Papers, 1888-1892
Consists of 25 items including manuscript drafts, business and publishing records, and a previously unpublished poem.

Howard C. Rice, Jr. Collection
Includes Howard Rice’s personal papers, manuscripts, articles, photographs, rare books and other information Rice collected about Kipling.

F. Cabot Holbrook Collection
Consists of the original blueprints for Naulakha, glass plates, photographs and negatives of the Kipling and Balestier families as well as copies of original letters by Rudyard and Caroline Kipling. All materials in this series are owned by The Landmark Trust USA and no part may be reproduced without permission.


(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)