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Radclyffe Hall

Una Vincenzo Troubridge

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge:

A Preliminary Inventory of Their Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Descriptive Summary

Creators Hall, Radclyffe, 1880-1943, and Troubridge, Una Vincenzo, Lady, 1887-1963
Title Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge Papers
Dates: ca. 1900-1962
Abstract: This collection includes holograph notebooks and typescript drafts of Hall's works, as well as business papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and piano-vocal scores; and Troubridge's day books and diaries, correspondence, translations, drafts and galleys of her biography of Hall, and photograph and clippings albums.
RLIN Record #
Extent 36 boxes (15.12 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This manuscript collection of the British novelist Radclyffe Hall and her companion of 28 years, Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge, is added to material previously received at the Ransom Center, including a typescript of Hall's The Sixth Beatitude and letters of Hall and Troubridge to Evguenia Souline, 1934-1942, which are cataloged separately. This accretion includes holograph notebooks and typescript drafts of Hall's works, as well as business papers, photographs, scrapbooks, and piano-vocal scores; and Troubridge's day books and diaries, correspondence, translations, drafts and galleys of her biography of Hall, and photograph and clippings albums. After Hall's death in 1943, this material remained in Troubridge's possession and was bequeathed to her friend Nicola Rossi-Lemeni upon her death in 1963. The collection is organized in two groups, beginning with the works of Radclyffe Hall followed by the papers of Una Troubridge.

Radclyffe Hall

Material for Hall is grouped in two series: Series I. Works, and Series II. Career and Personal Papers. Hall's works are organized in three subseries: the largest is the Novels subseries, which is followed by Short Stories and Sketches, and Other Works. The novels are arranged in alphabetical order by title and include both published and unpublished works. Chief among the published works is Adam's Breed which won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1927. But Hall is best known for her lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness, which is well-represented by holograph notebooks and typescripts, along with papers related to the court case banning the book in Britain. Her unfinished and unpublished novels include "The Cunningham Code, ""Emblem Hurlstone," and "Michael West." In addition, holograph notebooks for an untitled work are present in which "Otfried Bergen" is the main character. A small amount of correspondence, usually of a research or business nature, is scattered throughout the works. Many of these letters were written on Hall's behalf by Troubridge.

Hall's published and unpublished short stories and sketches in Subseries B are also arranged alphabetically. Filed before the stories is a holograph notebook "List of stories sent to Miss Heath" referring to Audrey Heath, Hall's agent of many years. The individual titles in Hall's published volume of five short stories, Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself, are present along with sketches for two untitled works. Other works in Subseries C include untitled drafts, lectures, letters to the editor, drafts of her memoirs, and poems. Numerous vocal scores are also present, arranged alphabetically.

Series II contains career and personal papers including biographical material written by Hall, scrapbooks containing clippings covering the Adam's Breed awards and the notoriety of The Well of Loneliness, and publishing contracts for her works. Hall and Troubridge's love of animals and their dog breeding avocation are documented in newspaper clippings of dog shows, kennel registrations, and photographs. In addition, a photograph album belonging to Hall's father and her writing portfolio are also present.

Una Troubridge

Una Troubridge's papers are arranged in four series: Series I. Day Books and Diaries, Series II. Writings, Series III. Personal Papers, and Series IV. Writings of Others. Series I begins with Troubridge's sixty-volume set of day books written from the last days of 1930 to June 21, 1943, just months before Hall's death. These books chronicle the day-to-day activities of Hall and Troubridge, reporting everything from mundane weather reports to details of significant events. Written mostly from their home in Rye, Sussex, they also cover other locations during their travels, especially Italy. Troubridge's diaries, which provided basic information for the more detailed day books, cover the years 1934, 1935, 1941, and 1942.

Troubridge's writing in Series II include holograph notebooks on various topics, drafts and galley proofs of Life and Death of Radclyffe Hall published in 1961, and her translations of works by Colette and Matilde Serao.

Letters between Evguenia Souline and Troubridge, especially 1950-1951, are present in the correspondence found in Series III, Personal Papers. These letters describe Souline's continual requests for financial assistance in addition to her annual annuity. Correspondence between Troubridge and her solicitor, Harold Rubinstein detail Troubridge's monetary outlays to Souline and other financial standings. Of importance is a letter "To the Executors of my Will" written by Troubridge in February 1944 and revised in September 1944 regarding the nature of their relationship with Souline and instructions for the destruction of her diaries. A letter from Home Secretary J. Chuter Ede, written in 1946 in response to Troubridge's request for permission to publish a memorial edition of The Well, states that republishing the book could invite court proceedings. The copy of The Well given to Ede by Troubridge in July 1946 was received with collection and has been transferred to the HRHRC Library. Also present are two letters from Troubridge's daughter, Andrea Turnbull, written ca. 1950 from Ethiopia.

The remaining material in this Series includes photographs of Una and her husband Ernest Troubridge as children and as newlyweds. Photographs of their daughter Andrea as a child are also present. The history of Una's family, the Taylors, is documented in a scrapbook and the Taylor family tree.

The last Series, Writings of Others, contains a bound holograph manuscript "The Wicked Voice" by Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) from the library of Hugh Walpole.

In addition to the historic copy of The Well of Loneliness mentioned above, which also contains a list of "those who opposed its suppression" written by Hall on the flyleaf, a few published books were also received with the collection, including a book of devotions, The Garden of the Soul, inscribed "J from V April 1912," Colette's Lettres àMarguerite Moreno, and a book of poems, Through Woodland and Meadow. These have been transferred to the HRHRC Library.

In general, the collection is extensively water damaged, suffering rust and mold deterioration. Two photograph albums are restricted pending conservation treatment: the album of Hall's father (Box 25) and Troubridge's family album (Box 36). Readers are asked to employ caution in using other fragile material in the collection.

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Restrictions

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Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition

Reg. No. 13774

Processed by

Liz Murray, 1997

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Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge Papers--Folder List

 

Radclyffe Hall

Series I. Works
Subseries A: Novels
Adam's Breed (originally titled "Food")
box folder
1 1 Correspondence and research material
Holograph notebooks, various topics
box folder
1 2 "Notes re: Food (Very Important)"
3 Two untitled notebooks
Holograph notebooks, book text
box folder
1 4 "Book I," Bk 1, Ch. 1 to Ch. 9
5 "Book II," Bk 1, Ch. 10 to Bk 2, Ch. 5
box folder
2 1 "Book III,"Bk 2, Ch. 5 to Bk 3, Ch. 4
2 "Book IV," Bk 3, Ch. 4 to Ch. 10
3 "Book V," Bk 3, Ch. 10 to Epilogue
4 "The New Forest," holograph and typescript drafts, related to last chapters of the book
"The Cunningham Code"
box folder
2 5 Holograph notebook, "The Cunningham Family"
[for last chapter, see holograph notebook for A Saturday Life, Box 8, Folder 2]
6 Typescript, publisher's copy
"Emblem Hurlstone"
box folder
3 1-3 Holograph notebooks, and ms. fragments
The Forge
box folder
3 4-6 Corrected typescript, "Copy to keep"
The Master of the House (originally "The Carpenter's Son")
box folder
4 1 Holograph and typescript notes, fragments
Holograph notebooks
box folder
4 2 "Ideas for end -- For my Una"
3 Notes on Colonel X (Colonel Emile Prévost)
4 "Notes," with additional inserted notes and correspondence with Harry Treacher
5 Questions re: Colonel X
Text, complete set
box folder
4 6 "Vol. I," Ch. 1 to Ch. 5
box folder
5 1 "Vol. II," Ch. 5 to Ch. 9
2 "Vol. III," Ch. 10 to Ch. 14
3 "Vol. IV," Ch. 14 to Ch. 19
4 "Vol. V," Ch. 19 to Ch. 25
5 "Vol. VI," Ch. 25 to Ch. 30
box folder
6 1 "Vol. VII," Ch. 31 to Ch. 35
2 "Vol. VIII," Ch. 35 to Ch. 38
3 "Vol. IX," Ch. 39 to Ch. 40
Text, discrete volumes
box folder
6 4 Ch. 38 to Ch. 39
5 "Vol. IX," Ch. 39 to Ch. 42
box folder
7 1-4 Corrected typescript, "Own Top Copy," with notes and correspondence inserted (e.g., Havelock Ellis, 9 Feb. 1928)
"Michael West"
box folder
7 5-6 Holograph notebooks
box folder
8 1 Holograph ms., "Michael West" by John Radclyffe
A Saturday Life
Holograph notebooks
box folder
8 2 Opening pages, together with last chapter of "The Cunningham Code" [see Box 2]
3 Ch. 2 to Ch. 7 [Ch. 8 in published version]
4 Ch. 7 [8] section 4 to Ch. 15 [16]
5 Ch. 16 [17] to Ch. 31
6 Typescript, "Own Copy"
The Sixth Beatitude
Holograph notebooks
box folder
9 1 Notes
2-3 Text
The Unlit Lamp (originally "Octopi")
Holograph notebooks
box folder
9 4 Book I, Ch. 1 to Book II, Ch. 1, with single leaf in UVT's hand
5 Book II, Ch. 2 to Ch. 9
6 Book II, Ch. 10 to Book III, Ch. 2
7 Book III, Ch. 3 to Ch. 10
box folder
10 1 Book IV, Ch. 12 to Ch. 16 [NB: first part of Book IV is not present in this collection]
2 Book V, Ch. 1 to Ch. 6
3 Book V, Ch. 6 to Ch. 10
Typescript,"as originally written; complete"
box folder
10 4 Books 1-2
5 Book 3
6 Book 4
7 Book 5
Corrected typescript, uncut copy
box folder
11 1-5 Books 1-5
6 Uncorrected typescript, "Uncut Copy; To be kept by Miss Heath" [Audrey Heath, RH's agent]
box folder
12 1-3 Uncorrected typescript (continued)
The Well of Loneliness
box folder
11 4 Holograph ms., Ch. 9-13
Holograph notebooks, discrete volumes
box folder
11 5 Notes
6 Draft of Ch. 3 and, at opposite end, notes re: Passage Choiseul
7 Chapter notes and drafts of Ch. 3-5
Holograph notebooks, text [irregular sequence]
box folder
13 1 Vol. I, Ch. 1-3
box folder
11 2 Vol. I, Ch. 5-9
3 Vol. II, Ch. 8-22
4 Vol. III, Ch. 21-30
5 Vol. IV, Ch. 30-35, followed by Ch. 26
box folder
14 1 Vol. V, Ch. 26-44
2 Vol. VI, Ch. 44-51
3 Vol. VII, Ch. 51-56
Typescripts
box folder
14 4-5 "First copy"
box folder
15 1-3 "First copy" (continued)
4-5 "Office, third copy"
box folder
16 1-2 "Office, third copy" (continued)
3-5 "Own duplicate copy"
box folder
17 1 "Own duplicate copy" (continued)
2 Pegasus Press (Paris), publication announcement and order form
3 Material related to court case
4 Daily Herald article, quoting Home Secretary, Sir William Joynson-Hicks, Dec. 11, 1928
5 "Scotland Yard and The Well of Loneliness" typescript, documents the suppression of The Well in England
Untitled
box folder
17 6-8 Otfried Bergen, holograph notebooks
Subseries B: Short Stories and Sketches
box folder
18 1 "List of stories sent to Miss Heath" [Audrey Heath]
2 "The Blossoms," corrected typescript
3-4 "Bonaparte," holograph notebook and typescripts
5 "The Career of Mark Anthony Brakes," typescripts
6 "Faith of Father Dearing," holograph notebook
7 "The Gardens," typescript
8 "Ghosts," holograph notebook
9 "The Grave," typescript
10 "The Legend of Saint Ethelflaeda," holograph ms. and typescripts
11 "Like Cures Like," typescripts
12 "Miles," typescripts
"Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself "(published volume of five short stories)
box folder
19 1 Holograph ms. fragments and typescript of "Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself"
"The Lover of Things"
box folder
19 2 Holograph ms., corrected typescript, and printed version
3 Holograph notebook
4 Typescripts for "Fräulein Schwartz,""The Rest Cure," and "Upon the Mountains"
box folder
20 1 "The Modern Miss Thompson," holograph notebook
2 "Out of the Night," typescripts
3 "Panic," holograph notebook
4 "The Pictures," typescript
5 "Poor Miss Briggs," typescripts
6 "The Rechording Angle" [The Recording Angel], holograph notebook
7 "The Scarecrow," typescript
"Two Poets and a Pretty Woman"
box folder
20 8 Holograph notebook, together with "The White Sail"
9 Holograph notebook, together with poems from The Forgotten Island
"The White Sail" see "Two Poets and a Pretty Woman"
box folder
20 10 "The Woman in the Crepe Bonnet," holograph notebook
11 "The World," typescripts
box folder
21 1-4 Typescript fragments and publisher's copies
(portion of text published as "Fräulein Schwartz" in Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself)
5 "Youth, 1914-1918," holograph notebook together with UVT's diary entries for June 2-June 21, 1919
Untitled
box folder
21 6 Malise Gordon, holograph notebook
7-8 Paul Colet, holograph notebooks and typescript
Subseries C: Other Works
box folder
22 1 Holograph and typescript drafts, untitled
2 Lectures and letters to the editor
2 "American Authors in England"
2 "The First Night"
2 "Golf and Marriage"
2 "Why I Wrote Adam's Breed"
3 "The Writing of Novels"
4-5 Memoirs, holograph drafts "Forebears and Infancy"
Poems, holograph notebooks
box folder
23 1 "Greek Poems," includes poems no. 33 and no. 34 from The Forgotten Island
2 "Poems by M. R. H.," bound holograph ms.
3 Two notebooks containing "Canary Island Songs" in several hands
4 Two notebooks containing similar poems
5 Vocal scores for piano
5 "Clarissa's wedding day"
5 "Forsaken"
5 "My ladye wore a gown of blue"
5 "A new set of English madrigals"
5 "On Clarissa chiding"
5 "The road to Ledbury"
5 "Where are you hiding?"
5 "Why so cold?"
5 "Why so cold, dearling?"
Series II. Career and Personal Papers
box folder
24 1 Biographical material, holograph ms. and typescripts
Scrapbooks
box folder
24 2 Re: Adam's Breed and awards, 1927-28
3 Re: banning of The Well of Loneliness, 1928
4-6 Contracts, novels and short stories, together with related correspondence
Dog-related material
box folder
25 1 Clippings, dog shows
2 Kennel Club registration certificates, 1914-1918
Photographs
box folder
25 3 Album of RH's father, Radclyffe Radclyffe-Hall
4 Dog photographs
5 RH and UVT with their animals
6 Travel information on Middle East
7 Writing portfolio, leather, with initials "R. H."

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Una Vincenzo Troubridge

Series I. Day Books and Diaries
Day Books
box folder
26 1 Vol. 1, Dec. 27, 1930--Feb. 24, 1931
Vol. 2, Feb. 24, 1931--April 18, 1931
box folder
26 2 Vol. 3, April 18, 1931--June 11, 1931
2 Vol. 4, June 13, 1931--July 30, 1931
3 Vol. 5, July 30, 1931--Sept. 17, 1931
3 Vol. 6, Sept. 17, 1931--Oct. 31, 1931
4 Vol. 7, Oct. 31, 1931--Jan. 4, 1932
4 Vol. 8, Jan. 5, 1932--Feb. 28, 1932
box folder
27 1 Vol. 9, Feb. 29, 1932--April 21, 1932
1 Vol. 10, April 21, 1932--July 27, 1932
2 Vol. 11, July 27, 1932--Oct. 7, 1932
2 Vol. 12, Oct. 9, 1932--Dec. 11, 1932
3 Vol. 13, Dec. 11, 1932--Feb. 15, 1933
3 Vol. 14, Feb. 15, 1933-April 12, 1933
4 Vol. 15, April 13, 1933--June 13, 1933
4 Vol. 16, June 14, 1933--Aug. 1, 1933
box folder
28 1 Vol. 17, Aug. 2, 1933--Oct. 8, 1933
1 Vol. 18, Oct. 8, 1933--Dec. 4, 1933
2 Vol. 19, Dec. 5, 1933--Jan. 24, 1934
2 Vol. 20, Jan. 24, 1934--Mar. 31, 1934
3 Vol. 21, April 1, 1934--June 14, 1934
3 Vol. 22, June 14, 1934--Oct. 9, 1934
4 Vol. 23, Oct. 10, 1934--Jan. 21, 1935
4 Vol. 24, Jan. 21, 1935--April 12, 1935
box folder
29 1 Vol. 25, April 13, 1935--June 16, 1935
1 Vol. 26, June 16, 1935--Aug. 26, 1935
2 Vol. 27, Aug. 27, 1935--Sept. 17, 1935
2 Vol. 28, Sept. 20, 1935--Dec. 15, 1935
3 Vol. 29, Dec. 16, 1935--Feb. 29, 1936
3 Vol. 30, March 1, 1936--May 12, 1936
4 Vol. 31, May 12, 1936--July 15, 1936
4 Vol. 32, July 15, 1936--Sept. 14, 1936
5 Vol. 33, Sept. 14, 1936--Dec. 4, 1936
5 Vol. 34, Dec. 5, 1936--March 17, 1937
box folder
30 1 Vol. 35, March 18, 1937--May 30, 1937
1 Vol. 36, May 30, 1937--July 28, 1937
2 Vol. 37, July 28, 1937--Oct. 17, 1937
2 Vol. 38, Oct. 18, 1937--Feb. 8, 1938
3 Vol. 39, Feb. 9, 1938--May 23, 1938
3 Vol. 40, May 23, 1938--July 18, 1938
4 Vol. 41, July 18, 1938--Oct. 19, 1938
4 Vol. 42, Oct. 19, 1938--Jan. 27, 1939
box folder
31 1 Vol. 43, Jan. 27, 1939--April 5, 1939
1 Vol. 44, April 7, 1939--June 18, 1939
2 Vol. 45, June 21, 1939--July 4, 1939
2 Vol. 46, July 5, 1939--Sept. 20, 1939
3 Vol. 47, Sept. 20, 1939--Jan. 14, 1940
3 Vol. 48, Jan. 15, 1940--May 2, 1940
4 Vol. 49, May 3, 1940--Sept. 21, 1940
4 Vol. 50, Sept. 22, 1940--Mar. 1, 1941
5 Vol. 51, Mar. 2, 1944--June 5, 1941
5 Vol. 52, June 6, 1941--July 28, 1941
box folder
32 1 Vol. 53, July 28, 1941--Oct. 8, 1941
1 Vol. 54, Oct. 9, 1941--Jan. 16, 1942
2 Vol. 55, Jan. 17, 1942--April 23, 1942
2 Vol. 56, April 25, 1942--July 29, 1942
3 Vol. 57, July 29, 1942--Oct. 15, 1942
3 Vol. 58, Oct. 15, 1942--Dec. 11, 1942
4 Vol. 59, Dec. 11, 1942--Feb. 5, 1943
4 Vol. 60, Feb. 6, 1943--June 21, 1943
Diaries
box folder
33 1 1934
2 1935
3 1941
4 1942
Diary entries for June 2-June 21, 1919, see under Sketches "Youth, 1914-1918"
Series II. Writings
box folder
34 1 Holograph notebooks, various topics including a thumbnail sketch of Sir Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Ernest Troubridge written in 1962, and brief entries on Nijinsky, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, and Gabriele D'Annunzio
Life and Death of Radclyffe Hall (Hammond & Hammond, 1961)
box folder
34 2 Holograph notebooks, "Biography of Radclyffe Hall"
3 Carbon typescript draft
4 Corrected typescript, ribbon copy
Galley proofs
[removed to Galley Files]
Translations of works by Colette
box folder
34 5 Notes on Colette by UVT
6 "Paris From My Window"
box folder
35 1 "Sido"
2 "Three...Six...Nine"
3-4 Translation of Matilde Serao's Sister Giovanna of the Cross ( Suor Giovanna della croce), holograph notebooks and partial typescript
5-6 Translation [?] of untitled work, history of Spain in the 1500's concerning Philip I and Don Carlos, partial set of holograph notebooks (Books II-IV)
Series III. Personal Papers
box folder
36 1 Correspondence with solicitors, executors, Evguenia Souline, and daughter Andrea Turnbull
2 Photograph album, Troubridge family photographs, including baby and toddler pictures of Andrea
3 Studio portraits of UTV
4 Taylor family scrapbook, includes some photographs of UTV and her sister Viola
5 Taylor family tree
Series IV. Writings of Others
box folder
36 6 Lee, Vernon (Violet Paget), "The Wicked Voice," bound holograph ms.

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