This part of the Archive contains salient critical and historical material for studying Rossetti's work and the contexts that involve it. Of first importance are contemporary and near-contemporary works by Rossetti's brother, by friends and acquaintainces like Swinburne and F. G. Stephens, and by other figures (Pater, Buchanan, H. C. Marillier) who wrote about Rossetti's work in seminal ways. Especially useful to the scholar are William Michael Rossetti's 1895 biography of his brother as well as his accompanying edition of letters.
The plan is to augment this part of the Archive with works that illuminate the contemporary reception history of DGR and the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Such works may be aggregated to the Rossetti Archive either directly or through online resources that integrate the Archive with other online scholarly works. Plans to integrate the Archive with current scholarship are also being developed. At present the Archive provides its own extensive set of commentaries and notes on all of its original materials, but additional commentaries by critics and scholars are also planned. The first of these, which is already part of the Archive, is Mark Samuel Lasner's bibliographical study of “Hand and Soul.”