The Lyon Archive: Speculative Thinking About a Family of Writers

The Lyon Archive

Welcome to The Lyon Archive

Members of the Anglo-Jewish Lyon family created professional and creative lives in England, Jamaica, Australia, and the United States as scholars, poets, diarists, editors, fiction writers, and philanthropists.

This digital archive contains digital copies of writing by members of the Lyon family, including rare diaries by East End resident, A.S. Lyon, Emma Lyon's, Miscellaneous Poems (1812), and interactive digital projects.   

The Lyon Archive has been created as a collaboration among scholars, University of Oregon students, and member of the Lyon family. It's a project created in part to share materials produced by the Lyon family. It's also a project that demonstrates how and why archives function as spaces for interpretation, dissent, and wonder.

Like all archives, the pages, items, and projects published herein offer a partial narrative
about the ordinary literary lives of members of the Lyon family told through sound, visual objects, maps, and movies. The digital projects on this site showcase East End cultural diversity in the nineteenth century and explore methods of using sound and speculation as a method of studying archival silences. Be sure to read The Lyon Archive About Page for details on the power of speculative thinking and voice in the archive. 

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Please see the "About"  page for further details about this site
Click here to return to The East End Digital Library
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The Lyon Archive site is protected by the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial License (Share Alike 4.0). The digital objects housed on this site may be copied or distributed only for non-commercial, educational purposes provided that the owner of the original documents receive credit. Use or reproduction of the digital objects on this site or their content for commercial use of any kind requires permission from Heidi Kaufman and the original document owner.

Heidi Kaufman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. She specializes in nineteenth-century literary culture, archives, and Digital Humanities. Please email questions about this project to


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