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Iris Amy Warden - Bettina Randall's Charges: A Story for Girls manuscript

  • RC0798
  • Collection
  • 1920-1934

Bettina Randall's Charges is the second part of an illustrated story for girls which also contains seven water-coloured illustrations and another seven India ink pen-and-ink drawings.

At end of ms.: "First Part commenced 1915. Second Part finished 1920 (aged 16)". A charming period piece of the Home Front, featuring Bettina, Pixie and Trixie, Lieutenant and Mrs. Lancing, Colette, Neanette and Ronnie. Chapter 1 entitled "Belgian Flag Day" and Chapter 3 "An Air Raid". Also contains a black-and-white studio portrait of Warden herself.

Warden, Iris Amy

Iris Murdoch collection

  • RC0209
  • Collection
  • 1940-1989

The collection consists of a few pieces of correspondence, ephemera, and serials containing articles by and about Murdoch. It is a small adjunct to the main book collection of over 400 books and translations by and about Murdoch.

Murdoch, Iris

Irving Layton collection

  • RC0708
  • Collection
  • 1961-1969

The collection consists of a small amount of correspondence with Glenn Sinclair, who was working on a bibliography of Layton, as well as interviews with and broadcasts by Layton which are available on audio cassettes and transcripts.

Layton, Irving

J. L. Garvin, Frank Waters, and Oliver Woods fonds

  • RC0094
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1981

J.L. Garvin:
The major treasure of this part is the series of letters between Garvin and Viola Woods, Oliver’s mother and Garvin’s future wife. Viola was unhappily married to the writer Maurice Woods when she first met Garvin but the death of Garvin’s first wife in 1918 seems to have spurred her to divorce – still an unfamiliar and scandalous procedure among the upper classes of early twentieth-century England. The couple’s efforts to marry were further complicated by their Roman Catholic religion, by Garvin’s influential position in British society and by the eccentric behavior of Viola’s sister, Una Troubridge, who had left her husband to become the lover of the notorious Radycliffe Hall. All these stresses are reflected in the passionate letters they wrote to one another between 1919 and their marriage in 1921.

Almost as valuable for the light which they throw upon Garvin in his final years, is the series of letters to his stepson Oliver Woods who was serving with distinction in a tank regiment during the Second World War. Perhaps significantly, apart from a single earlier example, Garvin's wartime communications with Oliver commence in March 1942, a month after he had ended his thirty-four year long editorship of The Observer. Although he soon began to write regularly for the Sunday Express it is probable that, with the burdens of editorial responsibility lifted, Garvin was able to devote more time to his correspondence and to following the fortunes of the war, and in particular to the fortunes of his beloved Oliver.

Frank Waters:
Frank Waters was not a journalist of the stature of J. L. Garvin and while the Waters material, included as Part II of this archive, lacks both the chronological and geographical scope of the Woods section, Waters was a man of intelligence, sensitivity and real literary ability. His journals, especially those which he kept during the Second World War are important and immensely readable with the kind of literary polish for which his friend Oliver Woods was only to find time in his published work. Indeed the Second World War is like a leit-motif running through the Waters material for, apart from the letters of condolence which flooded in to Joan Waters during October 1954, following Frank's untimely death, most of the correspondence and much of the literary, business and ephemeral material in this section of the archive dates from the years between 1939 and 1945.

Both Frank and Joan Waters were inveterate collectors of anecdotes and quotations and much of the material collected for a projected anthology is represented here, as is the raw material for another projected volume to comprise observations about The Times over more than 150 years. Oliver Woods was also involved in collecting material for his friends to use in the latter volume but neither was ever published.

Joan Maude, as a film and stage actress of some repute, had already established a wide circle of friends when she married Frank Waters in 1933 and many of her friendships survived into the years of her marriage to Oliver Woods. Rather than arbitrarily divide such letters to Joan between the Waters and Woods correspondence, all series of correspondence with Joan which continued after Frank's death (with the exception of letters of condolence, which are in the Waters section) have been placed in a single series in the Woods correspondence. References to such series are given in the Waters correspondence.

Oliver Woods
The material relating to Oliver Woods, scholar, soldier and man of The Times, comprises more than three quarters of the Garvin/Waters/Woods archive (114 of 132 boxes).

The Woods correspondence is a fascinating melange which accurately mirrors the many facets and encyclopedic interests of Oliver Woods. Among its most valuable contents are the letters exchanged with those who played major roles in African colonial and post-colonial history. Such British governors as Sir Andrew Cohen and Sir Evelyn Baring and newly emergent African leaders including Hastings Banda took Woods into their confidence.

Many of Britain's most influential politicians also found in Oliver Woods an intelligent, sympathetic and discreet correspondent and this section of the archive includes a litany of former prime ministers: Eden, Callaghan, Douglas-Home and Heath, as well as an intimate exchange with Hugh Gaitskell and his wife. There are lengthy series of letters between Woods and many members of the Astor family, and long exchanges with former Times editors such as William Haley.

Also Woods' many former army colleagues figure prominently here, men like Sir John ("Shan") Hackett who became close friends during the war years when Major Woods acquitted himself so bravely in the desert and who, as they rose to high positions of power, provided invaluable insights and information.

This part also includes some personal and family correspondence. While Oliver's mother Viola's letters to her husband J. L. Garvin are in the Garvin part of the archive, her letters to her son and his wife are here, as are substantial exchanges between Oliver and two of his Garvin half sisters, Viola and Katherine (Gordon).

Garvin, J. L.

J. Robert Janes fonds

  • RC0114
  • Fonds
  • 1908-2016; predominant ca.1940-2016

The fonds consists of: Manuscripts and publications; Promotional materials; Correspondence, memoranda, and diaries; Personal and family records; Professional teaching; Photographs, sound recordings and moving images; Material relating to Stephen Leacock; Artwork; and other materials.

Janes, J. Robert

Jack Winter fonds

  • RC0035
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1995

There have been six accruals. Four accruals from the 1970s have been combined and consist of stage plays, radio and television material, his thesis on T.S. Eliot and other related works, articles and book reviews, poetry, and correspondence. The fifth accrual consists of stage, radio and television plays, poems and short stories, a book about creative writing, and correspondence. Sound recordings, moving images and photographic slides also form part of the fonds. They are been removed from their accruals and are stored separately.

Winter, Jack

James Bannerman fonds

  • RC0289
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1970

The fonds consists of broadcast scripts, typescripts of several short stories and articles, and a small amount of unlisted correspondence.

Bannerman, James

James Daniel Brasch fonds

  • RC0752
  • Fonds
  • 1953-1954

The fonds consists of a letter from Brasch to John Masefield and a reply from Masefield, 1953; the draft of a letter from Brasch to John Steinbeck and a reply from Steinbeck, 1954. The fonds is supplemented by a photocopy of an article that Brasch wrote about Steinbeck in San Jose Studiesas well as an offprint of an article in Modern Language Notes by Fraser Bragg Drew which cites the Masefield letter.

Brasch, James Daniel

James King fonds

  • RC0004
  • Fonds
  • 1980-2001

There have been four accruals. The first accrual (57-1995, 30 cm) consists of manuscripts and research notes for three of his published works, Interior Landscapes: A Life of Paul Nash (1987), The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read (1990), and Virginia Woolf (1994); draft typescript and galley proof; and editorial and literary correspondence (including Graham Greene, Stephen Spender, Muriel Spark, and Francis Bacon).

The second accrual (26-1997, 60 cm) consists of material relating to The Life of Margaret Laurence (1997), editorial notes, photographs and correspondence (including Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Al Purdy, and letters from Margaret Laurence to her editor, Alan Maclean.

The third accrual (27-1999, 68 cm) consists of three series: manuscripts and related material for Faking (1999) and Jack: A Life with Writers, The Story of Jack McClelland (1999), photographs, and literary correspondence.

The fourth accrual (16-2001, 20 cm) consists of two draft typescripts of *Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat</I> (2002) and editorial correspondence.

King, James

Jane Shen fonds

  • RC0240
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1972

Fonds consists of correspondence and manuscripts of poetry

Shen, Jane

Jayne Berland fonds

  • RC0082
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1997

The fonds consists of her writings in all genres (mainly poetry, with some fiction and prose) as well as correspondence, printed materials, and published works. The poetry includes a series of poems written in and about China.

Berland, Jayne

John Connell fonds

  • RC0017
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1980

The fonds contains many manuscripts of Connell's own books and two which he ghosted, the memoirs of the Aga Kahn and Sir Roy Welensky. There is much correspondence with the literary, political and military world described, amounting to some 14,000 pieces. Its Commonwealth associations include Rhodesia, in the Welensky files; India, in the Aga Kahn, Wavell and Auchinleck files; Canada; Kenya and Nyasaland; and Malaysia and the defence of the British Empire. His library has, except for some rare editions, been dispersed into the Mills Library stacks. The books that accompanied the third accrual have been listed but not yet catalogued.

Connell, John

John Coulter fonds

  • RC0232
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1980

The fonds contains: correspondence, diaries, plays, short plays and skits, libretti, novel, poetry, short stories, autobiographies, broadcasts, articles, unpublished editorial work, uncompleted work, contributions to publications, publications about John Coulter, subject files, magazines and posters.

Coulter, John

John Henry McFarlane

  • RC0381
  • Fonds
  • 1895-2009

There have been two accruals The first accrual consists of an undated 52 p memoir. The second accrual consists of typescripts, personal documents, and printed materials

McFarlane, John Henry

John Horton MacIntyre poems

  • RC0671
  • Item
  • 19--

Here Now and Gone / by John Horton MacIntyre. -- [19-] . -- Ts. of poem, 1 p.

Tae Bonnets O'Blue / by John Horton MacIntyre. -- [19-]. -- Ts. of poem, 1 p.

MacIntyre, John Horton

John Masefield collection

  • RC0018
  • Collection
  • 1955-1959

The collection consists of 4 letters from Masefield to Kathleen Harper, 1955-[1956]; a poem “On the Occasion of Her Majesty’s Visit to Canada, 1959”, 8 pages typed and signed by Masefield “For Kathleen Harper, August the 1st 1959”, also a one-page manuscript abridged version of the poem. The collection also contains a b&w photograph of Masefield, signed and inscribed to Harper in 1959 and a copy of Masefield’s play, Good Friday, signed and inscribed to Harper in July 1955.

Masefield, John

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