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David McFadden fonds

  • RC0032
  • Fonds
  • 1912-2005

The fonds consists of material related to McFadden's writing, correspondence, and additional material.

McFadden, David

Judith Robinson fonds

  • RC0918
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1961, predominantly 1928-1961

Fonds consists of Judith Robinson’s correspondence; clippings of her newspaper writings; drafts, notes, and research files; working records of NEWS; personal material; petitions and other material related to the Christie Street Hospital campaign; manuscripts and writing related to her books, published and unpublished; and manuscripts and writing by her friends sent to her for editing.

Robinson, Judith

Frederick Niven collection

  • RC0744
  • Collection
  • 1913-1915

Collection consists of three letters all written to Martin Secker of Secker and Warburg by Niven on 2 and 16 August 1913 and 17 June 1915.

Niven, Frederick

C.H. (Marty) Gervais fonds

  • RC0066
  • Fonds
  • [1914]-2011

The fonds contains: correspondence; poetry and other writing; personal material, business material; photographs; promotional material; and other material.

Gervais, C.H. (Charles Henry)

Henry Cecil fonds

  • RC0047
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1976

The first accrual consists of manuscripts of Cecil's books as well as some correspondence.
The second accrual consisting of: manuscripts; student works; published work; audio recordings; dinner lectures and correspondence; lectures, books, short stories, serials, articles, plays, and their correspondence; celebrity correspondence; book publication correspondence; fan mail correspondence; personal correspondence.
The third accrual contains: novels, plays, scripts (manuscripts and typescripts); articles, short stories, book reviews, extracts from novels (manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, tear-sheets, offprints, and news clippings); speeches, untitled and fragmentary writings and news clippings.

Cecil, Henry

Russell Markland fonds

  • RC0465
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1919

The fonds consists of the book, correspondence concerning the publication of the book and the contract between Markland and the publisher, Erskine Macdonald. The correspondence consists of letters to and from Markland and several of the contributors to the anthology, letters to and from Markland to various newspapers and publishers seeking permission to reprint poems, a letter from the Oxford University Press turning down the anthology, and letters to and from the publisher of the anthology, Erksine MacDonald. There is also some correspondence between Markland and others about Erksine Macdonald after the publication of the book

Markland, Russell

Powys family collection

  • RC0182
  • Collection
  • 1916-2003

The collection consists of two accruals. The first accrual consists of correspondence and publications by the brothers as well as publications about them. The accrual has been arranged into the following series: John Cowper Powys; Theodore Francis Powys; Llewelyn Powys; Writings by A.R. Powys; Writings about the Powys family and their works; Periodicals. The second accrual consists of two items, an autograph letter and postcard written by Llewelyn Powys.

Powys family

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

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.

W. H. R. Rivers collection

  • RC0523
  • Collection
  • 1973-1919

The collection consists of letters and cards. There are letters from: C. L. Dodgson (1832-1898), mathematician and author, also known as Lewis Carroll, 1873-74; Sir Francis Darwin (1848-1925), botantist and son of Charles Darwin; Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941), social anthropologist and author of The Golden Bough; Andrew Lang (1844-1912), scholar, folk-lorist, and author; Bernard Shaw (1856-1946), playwright; Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), novelist and playwright; and Sir Charles Scott Sherrington (1857-1952), neurologist and Nobel laureate. The collection also contains a letter from Arnold Bennett to Ellery Sidgwick, the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, introducing W.H.R. Rivers to him; an autograph of H. G. Wells (1866-1946), author, and other documents, including two sketches, one in pencil and one in pen and ink. There is also a typescript titled "Memories of Lewis Carroll" by Katharine Rivers, a sister of W. H. R. Rivers. The typescript was published in Library Research News, 3, no. 4 (January 1976).

Rivers, W. H. R.

Vivian de Sola Pinto collection

  • RC0795
  • Collection
  • 1919-1957

The collection consists of the following:
7 letters and cards from Ottoline Morrell, 1919-1936, mostly undated
10 letters and cards from E.M. Forster, 1944-1957
1 photograph taken at Garsington of a group of six people: includes E.M. Forster, G. Lowes Dickinson and Frank Prewett.

Pinto, Vivian de Sola

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

Archie P. McKishnie fonds

  • RC0917
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1920-1946

Fonds includes typescripts (including one Lennox Ballister story), writing fragments, and a teaching assignment from the Arts and Letters School. Also includes a typescript of a short story by Phyllis Jean McKishnie.

McKinshnie, Archie P.

Raymond Knister fonds

  • RC0121
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1932

The fonds contains correspondence, manuscripts, news clippings and other published materials, personal and family materials, including photographs, two audio reels.

Knister, Raymond

Frederick George Scott collection

  • RC0715
  • Collection
  • 1925-1944

The collection consists of four poems (two copies of one) and one photograph. There are also 22 printed copies of Scott's published poems, many signed by the author, and his funeral order of service.

Scott, Frederick George

Albert Mansbridge collection

  • RC0236
  • Collection
  • 1928-1952

The collection consists mainly of Mansbridge's letters to Leonard Clark. There are also a few manuscripts concerning Mansbridge, Christmas cards, invitations, and announcements relating to Mansbridge, photographs of Mansbridge, and some pamphlets by Mansbridge. This collection was assembled by his friend Leonard Clark. Clark, an educator, author, editor and poet was born on 1 August 1905 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. He was made inspector of schools with the Ministry of Education in 1936. He died in London in 1981.

Mansbridge, Albert

Robert Kirkland Kernighan collection

  • RC0858
  • Collection
  • 1928-1933

Mary J. Mason was the sister of Kernighan. She was contacted after her brother’s death by F.E. Page of New Dundee in 1928 with regard to a memorial to her brother and later on for her memories of him. The fonds consists of three letters to Page, and a memoir of Kernighan’s life, death, and funeral (manuscript, 7 pages) sent to Page on 5 September 1933. Page was writing a life of Kernighan. In the memoir, his sister gives his date of birth as 1854. Note: Mason’s hand makes it difficult to read the name of her correspondent; “Page” is assumed but may not be correct.

Kernighan, Robert Kirkland

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