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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Documentary Material

II. Administrative

III. OS Biographers

IV. OS Biographies

V. South Africa

VI. Chronology and Card Files

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Yaffa Claire Draznin:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Collection of Olive Schreiner and Havelock Ellis Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Draznin, Yaffa Claire, 1922-
Title: Yaffa Claire Draznin Collection of Olive Schreiner and Havelock Ellis Papers
Dates: 1875-1990, (bulk 1983-1990)
RLIN Record ID: None
Extent: 15 boxes (7.39 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

Yaffa Draznin's interest in the life of South African feminist author, Olive Schreiner, led her to the HRHRC in 1979 to begin work on Schreiner's biography. However, during the course of Draznin's research, the need for a different approach to Schreiner's life emerged, culminating in the 1992 publication of My Other Self: The Letters of Olive Schreiner and Havelock Ellis, 1884-1920. This compilation of transcribed and annotated holograph letters from the HRHRC archive provides the only volume of its kind published to date.

The collection described here represents Draznin's extensive research materials gathered and used in the preparation of her book. The arrangement corresponds to Draznin's original order and folder descriptions. Her file folders are retained to preserve her descriptions and emendations.

The collection is divided into six series. The first, "Documentary Material," comprises letter annotations; a typescript draft of the text portion of the book; handwriting specimens; editing and progress notes; and a roster of all the OS/HE letters in the HRHRC collection, numbered and listed in chronological order. The subseries "Transcriptions and Support Documentation" contains all the edited typescripts of the holograph letter transcriptions which Draznin calls "typescriptions." Supporting documentation in the form of corresponding letters from other published sources are also attached to these transcriptions.

The second subseries, which Draznin called "semi-documentation," includes related OS/HE correspondence with others, bibliographies, transcription of Ellis's Journal, and information about OS from works by Schreiner's husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright-Schreiner; Ellis's literary executor, François Lafitte; and Schreiner's friend, Karl Pearson.

The second half of the collection contains Draznin's administrative correspondence with booksellers and libraries, surveys of library holdings, OS biographers, biographical sources, copies of Schreiner's works, information on South Africa, OS chronologies, and card file transcriptions of OS/HE letters.

This collection also contains two reels of microfilm containing Havelock Ellis Papers (1875-1890) from the State Library of New South Wales. The papers cover Ellis's Australian period, including his diary, poems, Common Place Books I-VI (1875-1885), and letters to his parents (1867, 1875-l877). The State Library granted permission for these reels to be retained in the HRHRC microfilm collection. Permission has also been given for reference copies of specific pages to be supplied to researchers. Inquiries concerning reproduction of the complete reels should be referred to the State Library of New South Wales.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift No. 10306

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 1995

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Yaffa Claire Draznin Papers--Folder List

 

I. Documentary Material

Box Folder
1 1 Selected annotations, OS/HE correspondence
2 Draft typescript of ms., text portion plus letters 1-10, 1/24/90
3 Handwriting specimens
4 Editing, indexing questions
5 Progress checks (superseded), 1983-1989
6 Letters and scraps not included in book
7 Roster and register of OS/HE letters
A. Transcriptions and Support Documentation
Box Folder
1 8 #1-25, 20 Feb 84 - 30 May 84
9 #26-50, 5 Jun 84 - 8 Jul 84
10 #51-75, 8 Jul 84 - 30 Jul 84
11 #76-100, 31 Jul 84 - 4 Sept 84
Box Folder
2 1 #101-125, 4 Sept 84 - 14 Oct 84
2 #126-150, 15 Oct 84 - 25 Oct 84
3 #151-175, 25 Oct 84 - 3 Nov 84
4 #176-200, 4 Nov 84 - 21 Nov 84
5 #201-225, 22 Nov 84 - 5 Dec 84
6 #226-250, 5 Dec 84 - 15 Dec 84
7 #251-275, 15 Dec 84 - 5 Jan 85
Box Folder
3 1 #276-300, 5 Jan 85 - 1 Feb 85
2 #301-325, 5 Feb 85 - 13 Mar 85
3 #326-350, 15 Mar 85 - 13 Apr 85
4 #351-375, 14 Apr 85 - 12 May 85
5 #376-400, 12 May 85 - 14 Jul 85
6 #401-425, 16 Jul 85 - 17 Sept 85
7 #426-450, 17 Sept 85 - 7 Jan 86
8 #451-475, 7 Jan 86 - 10 May 86
Box Folder
4 1 #476-500, 13 May 86 - 13 Feb 87
2 #501-525, 16 Feb 87 - 17 Mar 89
3 #526-540, 18 Mar 89 - 13 May 90
4 #541-550, 14 May 90 - 29 Nov 90
5 #551-569, 11 Jan 91 - 23 Jun 14
6 #570-589, 13 Dec 14 - 21 Mar 16
Box Folder
5 1 #590-607, 26 Mar 16 - 1 Dec 20
* Photocopies of draft ms. of letters 51-533
[*boxed, not foldered]
2 Photocopies of draft ms. of letters 11-95
B. Semi-documentation
Box Folder
6 1 Original and printed letters, from others to others, about O.S.
2 Selected correspondence between HE and Margaret Sanger
3 Microfiche from South Africa; also copies of calendar
4 Photocopies of OS holograph letters, pre-Oct. 1889
5 Photocopies of holograph letters, from OS to others, from South Africa post-1889,
6 Published letters, OS to others than Ellis (from Letters)
7 OS-Cronwright-Schreiner correspondence
8 Duplicates of some LL letters
9 Selection of Pearson Papers, relating to OS (no correspondence)
Box Folder
7 1 HE's notes of OS's Reminiscences
2 OS Journals from Life
3 OS Post-1889 letters
4 Betty Tetlow, OS bibliography
5 Itemized bibliographical listings (printed)
6 Chronologies, post-1889
7 Artifacts: OS memorabilia--historical
8 YD holograph ms. of post-1889 OS/HE letters
9 Original and printed letters from OS or to OS (not in Cronwright-Schreiner Letters)
10 Cronwright-Schreiner-Ellis correspondence
11 Abstracts from the Pearson Papers
12 Transcription, HE Journal (from microfilm, also from Grosskurth)
13 Lafitte letters--written to others

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II. Administrative

Box Folder
8 1 Correspondence with booksellers and libraries
2 Correspondence to other libraries re: OS/HE correspondence
3 Library holdings: calendars and holdings
4 HRC Library, statistical data on letters (superseded)
5 Index
6 Miscellaneous references

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III. OS Biographers

Box Folder
8 7 Articles by Ridley Beeton
8 Article by Joyce Berkman
9 Draznin's Masters Thesis on OS, "Formative Influences in the Life of Olive Schreiner, Victorian Feminist and Freethinker," 1982
10 Copy 2
11 Draznin graduate research paper on OS
12 Victoria Duckworth dissertation on OS
13 Three articles on OS by Betty Fradkin
14 Articles on OS by Richard Rive (also newspaper clips on Rive)

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IV. OS Biographies

Box Folder
9 1 Biographical references to OS in short articles and others' works
2 OS's family as seen by contemporaries and biographers
3 Biographical mention of OS by those who knew her
4 YD commentary on books by and about OS
5 Published book reviews of Life, Letters
6 Notes on major biographies of OS, other than C-S's
7 Copy of biography of OS, Not Without Honor, by Vera Buchanan-Gould
Box Folder
10 1 Biographical aspects of OS profile: character, health, etc.
2 Biographical treatment: literary
3 Notes, reviews of OS books: literary stature
4 OS friends as seen by others and biographers
5 OS works: short stories, public letters, excerpts from books
6 Copy of OS's book Undine
7 Material by and about Havelock Ellis

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V. South Africa

Box Folder
11 1 S.A. background, missionaries early 19th century,
2 S.A. background, late 19th century to present
3 S.A. background relating to OS
4 S.A. background: items from the Encyclopedia of South Africa
5 S.A. related material (not directly apropos)

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VI. Chronology and Card Files

Box Folder
12 1 Chronology from Olive Schreiner by J. Meintjes
2 Three-ring notebook containing chronology of OS's life, 1832-1920.
Box Box
13 Card Box Two packages of cards containing excerpts from letters OS wrote to others, mostly from Cron's Life of OS
Card Box Transcription from material taken from microfilm in the Sheffield Public Library (England) by Betty Fradkin Tetlow
Card Box Transcriptions of holograph letters OS wrote to others, (originals in HRHRC) 1914-1920
Box Box
14 Card Box Copies of Betty Fradkin Tetlow's transcriptions of OS-relevant papers (i.e. selected letters to Karl Pearson, minutes and notes of the Men & Women's Club, taken from the original Pearson Papers)
Card Box Typed cards of names of people associated with OS
Box Box
15 Card Box Transcriptions of OS and HE holograph letters in HRHRC collection

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