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Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works, 1934-1994

Series II. Correspondence, 1941-2001

Series III. Personal and Career-Related Material, 1915-2001

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Kay Dick:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Dick, Kay, 1915-2001
Title: Kay Dick Addition to Her Papers
Dates: 1915-2001
Abstract: This collection contains notes, research, typescript drafts, contracts, correspondence, clippings, and reviews of Dick's published fiction and non-fiction—including works written under the pseudonyms Jeremy Scott and Edward Lane—as well as material for unpublished book projects. Other material includes scripts, story outlines, and coorespondence related to plays for stage, radio, and television; articles, BBC scripts, biographical writings, editorial work, poems, book reviews, and short stories; literary and personal correspondence; and financial papers, address books, autograph books, clippings, art and publishers catalogs, daybooks and diaries, photographs, travel materials, and other personal and career related materials, including correspondence and documents relating to Dick's residence at 9 Arundel Terrace.
RLIN Record #: None
Extent: 46 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 galley folder (21 linear feet)
Language: Most material in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This accretion to the Kay Dick Papers consists of literary works, correspondence, personal, and career-related material, spanning her lifetime from 1915 to her death in 2001. The papers are arranged in three Series: I. Works, 1934-1994; II. Correspondence, 1941-2001; and III. Personal and Career-Related Material, 1915-2001.

The Works series is arranged in three Subseries: A. Books, 1943-1991; B. Plays, 1943 and nd; and C. Short Works, 1934-1994. Works are arranged alphabetically by title in each subseries. This series contains material written under Dick's pseudonyms Jeremy Scott and Edward Lane. Represented in Subseries A. Books, are published fiction including An Affair of Love, By the Lake, The Shelf, Solitaire, Sunday, They, and Young Man, as well as non-fiction works Friends and Friendship: Conversations and Reflections, Ivy and Stevie: Ivy Compton-Burnett and Stevie Smith, and Pierrot: An Investigation into the Commedia dell'arte. Also present is material for unpublished book projects, "The Carlyle Marriage,""Colette and Her World," notes for a memoir "The Fiction of My Life,""The Letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle,""Six Great Diarists," and "Venus." Often included for these works are notes, research, typescript drafts, contracts, correspondence, clippings, and reviews.

Plays for stage, radio, and television are present in Subseries B. Short Works Subseries C includes articles, BBC scripts, biographical writings, editorial work, poems, book reviews, and short stories.

Arranged alphabetically, the correspondence in Series II dates from 1941-2001 and is arranged in Subseries A. Literary Correspondence and Subseries B. Personal Correspondence. While the correspondence is predominately incoming, typed carbons of Dick's outgoing correspondence are found throughout the series. The literary correspondence includes communications with publishers, agents, literary societies and organizations, and newspapers. Also present is a folder for the publication The Windmill which Dick edited under the Edward Lane pseudonym. Frequent correspondents in Subseries B. Personal Correspondence include Sidney Blackmore, June and Neville Braybrooke, Brigid Brophy, Maurice Cranston, Gillian Freeman, Roddy Friend, Nathaniel and Beverley Gee, Penny Hoare, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Francis Henry King, Shena Mackay, and Michael Ratcliffe. Several boxes of correspondence and related material are present for Dick's longtime companion Kathleen Farrell. An alphabetical run of general personal correspondence follows the folders for individuals.

Series III. Personal and Career-Related Material includes items ranging from Dick's birth certificate in 1915 to bank statements from 2001. Included in this series are address books, articles and information about Dick, autograph books, art and publishers catalogs, clippings, daybooks and diaries, family papers, financial and personal papers, numerous photographs, and travel material. Also present is lengthy correspondence and documents relating to Dick's residence at 9 Arundel Terrace.

Several personal items, including assorted wallets, were transferred to the Ransom Center's Personal Effects.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2003 (Reg. no. 15143)

Processed by:

Melody Fisher and Liz Murray, 2004

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Kay Dick Papers--Folder List

 

Series I. Works, 1934-1994

Subseries A. Books, 1943-1991
An Affair of Love ( 1953)
Box Folder
1 1 Congratulatory letters, 1953
2 Correspondence from Heinemann, 1952-1955
* Reviews, see clippings scrapbook in Oversize Box 47
By the Lake ( 1949)
Box Folder
1 3 Related correspondence, 1946-1952
* Reviews, see clippings scrapbook in Oversize Box 47
'The Carlyle Marriage'
Publishers' contracts and correspondence
Box Folder
1 4 Cassell Ltd., 1974-1981
5 Coward-McCann Inc., 1962-1973
6 Michael Joseph Ltd., 1962-1974
7 Publishers' rejection letters, 1974
8 Research material, handwritten notes on trip to Scotland, Oct. 1974
'Colette and Her World'
Box Folder
1 9 Handwritten notes in notebook
10 Research correspondence, 1976-1980
11 Research materials, including Brigid Brophy correspondence
12 Illustrations; description and photocopies
Box Folder
2 1 Thames & Hudson Ltd. contract and correspondence, 1976-1985
2 Correspondence related to publishing, 1985- 1990
3 'The Fiction of My Life,' notes for memoir, 1967- 1970
Friends and Friendship: Conversations and Reflections ( 1974 )
Box Folder
2 4-5 Handwritten drafts in notebooks
6-7 Corrected transcripts of conversations with Brigid Brophy, Maureen Duffy, Gillian Freeman, Isobel English, Francis King, Pamela Hansford Johnson, and Olivia Manning
8-9 Corrected typescript
Box Folder
3 1-2 Setting copy
3 Publisher correspondence and contract, Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., 1971-1976
4 Reviews, congratulatory correspondence, publication materials, and publicity
Ivy and Stevie: Ivy Compton-Burnett and Stevie Smith, Conversations and Reflections ( 1971 and 1983)
Publishers' correspondence
Box Folder
3 5 Allison & Busby Ltd., 1981-1986
6 Duckworth, 1971-1977
7 Reviews and correspondence, 1971-1991
8 "Stevie," play by Hugh Whitmore
9* 'The Letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle,' by Edward Lane; introduction, contract and correspondence with Charles Wrey Gardiner, 1943-1961 [*galleys removed to galley files]
Pierrot: An Investigation into the Commedia dell'arte ( 1960)
Box Folder
4 1 Research notes
2 Illustration notes and related correspondence
3-4 Publishers' correspondence, 1960-1973
5 Reviews and congratulatory correspondence, 1959-1981
The Shelf ( 1984)
Box Folder
4 6-7 Handwritten draft, 1982
8-9 Corrected typescript
Box Folder
5 1 Corrected typescript, cont'd
2-3 Setting copy
* Corrected page proofs [*removed to Oversize Box 48]
4-5 Reviews and congratulatory correspondence, 1982-1989
6 Responses to invitations for publication party, 1984
7 'Six Great Diarists,' correspondence and contract, Hamish Hamilton Ltd., 1959-1962, with notes and typescript
Solitaire ( 1958)
Box Folder
5 8 Correspondence, 1958-1959
9 Press reviews, 1958-1959
Sunday ( 1962)
Box Folder
6 1 Handwritten notes
2 Correspondence related to publishing, 1959- 1982
3 Reviews and congratulatory correspondence, 1962
They ( 1977)
Box Folder
6 4 Corrected typescript
5 Corrected bound typescript
6-7 Penguin correspondence, 1975-1978
8 Publishers' correspondence, general
9 Reviews and congratulatory correspondence
Box Folder
7 1 Reviews and congratulatory correspondence, cont'd
2 Screenplay and related correspondence, 1988
3 'Venus,' book project, 1961
* Young Man (1951), see clippings scrapbook in Oversize Box 47
Notes for various works
Box Folder
7 4 'The Fiction of My Life,'  'Cass,'  'Risk,'  'Counterpoint,' and 'The Carlyle Marriage'
5 'Suicide,' drafts of letters, correspondence, typescript related to planned series of novels
6 Untitled typescript
Subseries B. Plays, 1943, nd
Box Folder
7 7 "The Dinner Party," teleplay, typescript
8 "The Experts," storyline for a television satirical social comedy
9 "Find Your True Partner," story outline for television play
10 "The First Day of Christmas," radio play, typescript
11 "The Gamblers, Zero," teleplay
12 Katherine's Room, A Play in Three Acts," bound playscript, with critique
"Mad, Bad, and Dangerous"
Box Folder
7 13 Playscript, typescript
Box Folder
8 1 Playscript with music cues
2 Correspondence and publicity, 1943
3 "The Pink Flamingoes," playscripts, television play
4 "Portrait of Mrs. Gaskell," play for radio, script with notes and correspondence
"The Provincial"
Box Folder
8 5-9 Playscripts
10 Reviews and correspondence
11 "The Sea is Therapeutic," storyline for three-act television play
12 "The Undisturbed," idea for series of television plays
Subseries C. Short Works, 1934-1994
Box Folder
9 1* Articles, miscellaneous typescripts, 1943-1984 [*Edward Lane articles, 1943, removed to Oversize Box 47]
BBC scripts
Box Folder
9 2 1947-1950
3 1951-1952
4 1953-1954
5 1955
6 1956-1957
7 1958-1960
8 1961-1968
9 Undated
Biographical writings
Box Folder
10 1 Ashford, Daisy
2 Beardsley, Aubrey
3* Compton-Burnett, Ivy [*photograph removed to Oversize Box 48]
4 Dictionary of National Biography, contributions on Olivia Manning and Stevie Smith
5 Dowson, Ernest
6 Fournier, Alain
7 Gerhardie, William
8 Johnson, Lionel
9 Liddell, Robert
10 Mayor, Flora M.
11-12 Richardson, Dorothy
Box Folder
11 1 Smith, Stevie
* Waugh, Evelyn [*collection of articles on Waugh, removed to Oversize Box 48]
2 White, Antonia
3 Wilde, Oscar
4 Wilson, Angus
Editorial work
Box Folder
11 5 "All Rome Trembled," by Melton S. Davies, correspondence, outlines, and KD's editorial notes
6 Jeremy Scott anthologies
7 "Nineties: Period and Personalities," notes
8 Reader's report on Baker's "Our Three Selves"
Poems
Box Folder
11 9 1934-1943
10 1968-1976
Reviews
Box Folder
11 11 Books and Bookmen,British Book News, 1957-1982
12 Gay News, 1978-1979
13 Literary Review
Box Folder
12 1 Punch, 1983-1985
2-7* Illustration and page proofs for Pierre Schneider's Matisse, material supplied for KD review, Feb. 6, 1985 [*oversize illustrations removed to Box 48]
Box Folder
13 1 Queen Harper's, 1970-1971
2 Radio Times, 1958
3 The Scotsman, 1972-1975
The Spectator
Box Folder
13 4 1964-1967
5 1973-1985
6 The Standard, 1981-1985 and nd
7 The Sunday Times, 1965-1984
8 The Times, 1957-1987
9 Various publications, 1957-1988
Short stories
Box Folder
13 10 "The Musk Rose and the Little Girl," story for children, typescripts
11 "Personal Approach," Purpose and Personality Series, notes
12 "The Rocking Horse," handwritten notes, 1994
13 "Souvenir du Jura," typescript
14 "When the Wind is Southerly," 1942-1943
15 Untitled story and idea for children's story
16 Notes [for works?], handwritten and typed, various subjects
* Scrapbook containing short works by KD under pseudonyms Edward Lane and Jeremy Scott [*removed to Oversize Box 47]

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Series II. Correspondence, 1941-2001

Subseries A. Literary Correspondence
General literary correspondence
Box Folder
14 1 A-L
2 M-Z
3 Aldus Books, "The White Horse" project, 1964-1965
4 The Arts Council of Great Britain (Charles Osborne), 1966-1985
5 Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society Ltd.
6 B. T. Batsford Ltd., "Switzerland" project, 1967-1971
7 Bertram Rota Ltd., re. Olivia Manning and "Friends and Friendship" material
8 Biographical publishers
9 British Broadcasting Corporation, 1967-1987
10 The Daily Telegraph, 1970-1971, includes typescript of article on Stevie Smith
11 David Higham Associates/Bolt & Watson Ltd. Author's Agents, 1957-1974
12 Deborah Rogers Ltd., 1982-1987
13 The Folio Society
14 GMP Publishers Ltd., 1985-1992
15 Hamish Hamilton Ltd., 1984-1986
16 Hutchinson and Co., Publishers (John Hadfield), re. The Saturday Book, 1957-1964
Box Folder
15 1 Panther Books, 1966-1972
2 Penguin Books, 1968-1988
Royal Literary Fund
Box Folder
15 3 1963-2001
4 1986-1999 (Fiona Clark)
5 The Society of Authors and The Phoenix Trust
6 Staples Press Ltd., employment and resignation, correspondence, 1941-1943
7 The Times and The Sunday Times
8 Trafalgar Perry Ltd. (John Perry), 1972
9 The University of Texas at Austin, 1973-1991
10 William Heinemann Ltd., 1949-1962
11* The Windmill, KD editor under pseudonym Edward Lane, 1968-1969 [*clippings scrapbook for 1944-1948 removed to Oversize Box 47]
12 The Writers' Guild of Great Britain
Subseries B. Personal Correspondence
Box Folder
16 1 Allan, Nick
2 Baker, Frank
3 Baldick, Robert
4 Beacham, Hans
5 Bell, Anne Graham
6-8 Blackmore, Sidney
9 Blumer, Rodney
Box Folder
17 1 Blumer, Rodney, cont.'d
2 Boyes, Tony
3-5 Braybrooke, June and Neville
6 Breon, John
Box Folder
18 1 Brooke-Rose, Christine
2-6 Brophy, Brigid
Box Folder
19 1-2 Brophy, Brigid, cont.'d
3-7 Brophy, Brigid and Levey, Michael
Box Folder
20 1 Buckley, Geoffrey
2 Bush, Sheila and John
3 Cooke, Robert
4 Cosman, Milein
5 Craig, Helen
6-7 Cranston, Maurice
8 Davies, Rhys
9 De-la-Noy, Michael
10 Duffy, Maureen
Farrell, Kathleen
Box Folder
21 1-2 1941-1949
3-5 1950-1952
6 1953-1954
7-11 1955-1959
Box Folder
22 1-3 1960-1962
4 1963-1967
5-7 "Since coming to Brighton, June 1, 1968"
Box Folder
23 1-2 Undated correspondence
3 Undated postcards
4 Condolences on the death of KF
5 Greeting cards
6-7 Notes and mementos (theater programs, hotel receipts, etc.)
8 Obituaries, book inventories, last will, and estate statements
Box Folder
24 1-4 Relationship with Kay Dick, including correspondence with others regarding dissolution of relationship
5 Fort, Elizabeth
6-7 Freeman, Gillian and Thorpe, Ted
Box Folder
25 1 Fricker, Laurie
2-4 Friend, Roddy
5-6 Gee, Nathaniel and Beverley
Box Folder
26 1 Grant, Michael
2 Greacen, Robert
3 Green, Peter
4-5 Hoare, Penny
6 Horder, John
7 Hughes-Stanton, Ida
8 Humphreys, Emyr
9 Jenkins, Elizabeth
10-12* Johnson, Pamela Hansford, including Johnson's "Albertine Regained," BBC radio play, February 1, 1954 [*photograph of Johnson removed to Oversize Box 48]
King, Francis Henry
Box Folder
27 1 1976-1978
2 1979-1980
3 1981-1985
4 1986-1988
5 1989-1990
6 1991-1999
Box Folder
28 1 Undated correspondence
2-3 Postcards, all dates
4 King, Louise
5 Kirkup, James
6 Lahey, Daniel
7 Lancaster, Patricia
8 Lofts, Norah
9-10 Mackay, Shena
Box Folder
29 1 Mann, Liza
2 Marnau, Fred and Senta
3 Meyer, Michael
4 Moore, James
5 Newby, P. H.
6 Newley, Patrick
7 Pargeter, Edith
8 Pearsh, Kevin
9-11 Ratcliffe, Michael
12 Rees, David
13 Reva, Jim and Mark
Box Folder
30 1 Robinson, Jan
2 Rose, Bill
3 Rubens, Robert
4 Sewell, Rev. Brocard
5 Shue, Jim and Starke, Roland
6 Sibley, John
7 Snow, C. P.
8 Spark, Muriel
Box Folder
31 1 Swan, Anna
2 Swinglehurst, Edmund and Pamela
3 Trevelyan, Raleigh
4 Vansittart, Peter
5 Verster, Andrew
6 Viotti, Sergio and Lima, Paula
7 Whipple, Dorothy
8 Wilson, Andrew
General personal correspondence
Box Folder
32 1 A-B
2 C
3 D
4 E-G
5 H-J
6 K-L
7 M
8 N
9 O-R
10 S-T
11 U-V
12 W
Box Folder
33 1* Unidentified correspondence [*cardboard sign, "Success, Love, Health, Money--Kay 1968," removed to Oversize Box 48]
2 Unidentified postcards

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Series III. Personal and Career-Related Material, 1915-2001

Box Folder
33 3 Address books
4 Articles and information about KD
Autograph books
Box Folder
33 5 1929-1930
6* 1930-1932, Lycée Français de Londres [*related class photograph removed to Oversize Box 48]
Catalogs
Box Folder
33 7 Art
8 Publishers
9 Clippings, obituaries, and memorial services
10 Dane House nursing home
Box
34 Daybooks and diaries, 44 items, 1939-2000
Diaries/notebooks
Box Folder
35 1 1943-1951 and nd, includes literary notes
2 1959, trip to Italy
3 1961-1962
4 1963-1964
5 1965-1969
6 1966, trip to Malta
7 1976-1978, includes trip to Venice
8 1978-1981, includes last letter received from Pamela Hansford Johnson
Box Folder
36 1 1983
2 1984
3 1984-1985
4 1985
5 1986-1988
6 1988-1997
7 1993
Box Folder
37 1 Dogs, "Tim,"  "Sonny," and others
2-4* Family papers, KD's parents [*death notice in The Times, for KD's mother, Kate Dick, removed to Oversize Box 48]
Financial papers
Bank books
Box Folder
37 5 June 1980-Dec. 1981
6 Dec. 1981-May 1983
7 May 1983-Oct. 1984
8 Nov. 1984-Oct. 1986
Box Folder
38 1 Oct. 1986-Dec. 1990
Barclays
Box Folder
38 2-4 Correspondence
5 Bank statements, 1985-2001
6 Home insurance
Bills
Box Folder
38 7 Gas bills and correspondence (British Gas), 1985-1999
8 Electricity bills and correspondence (Seeboard), 1986-1991
Box Folder
39 1 Telephone bills (British Telecom), 1986-1991
2 Miscellaneous bills and household expenses, 1964-1992
3 Borough of Brighton, housing benefit and water
4 Civil List Pension, receipts and correspondence, 1979-2000
5-6 John A. Tuffin & Co., accountant, correspondence
7 Payment statements for newspaper articles and other works
8 Personal loans
9 Household papers and catalogs; organization memberships (non-literary)
10 Invitations, literary and personal
Box Folder
40 1 Medical documents
2 National insurance and Royal Insurance Ltd.
3-4* Personal papers and documents, including passports, finger prints, birth certificate, and contents of wallets [*copy of The Times for July 29, 1915, KD's birthdate, removed to Oversize Box 48]
Photograph albums
Box Folder
40 5 ca. 1925
6 "From my camera," nd
Box Folder
41 1 1947, loose album pages, trip to Italy and France
2-3 1947-1950, mother's album and loose pages
Photographs, KD and friends
Box Folder
41 4-5* Dick, Kay, portraits [*oversize removed to Box 48]
6 Family, friends, pets
Box Folder
42 1 Farrell, Kathleen
2 Parties
3-8* Various locations and subjects [*oversize removed to Box 48]
Box Folder
43 1 Play programs, various productions
2* Print material, miscellaneous [*oversize removed to Box 48]
3 Public Lending Right statements
4-5 Rubinstein, Nash & Co., solicitors
6 Social security, 1974-1990
7 Stationery, Arundel Terrace
8 Talk given at the opening of the Regency Exhibition, Brighton, 1951?
Tenancy, 9 Arundel Terrace, Brighton
Box Folder
43 9 1967-1975
10 1976-1979
11-12 1980-1981
Box Folder
44 1 1982
2 1983-1984
3 1985-1988
4-6 1989-1991
7 1992-1993
8 1999-2001
Travel
Box Folder
45 1 Diary, KD and Kathleen Farrell, 1941
2 Notes, handwritten, 1947
Pamphlets and postcards (blank)
Box Folder
45 3-5 England
6 France
7-8 Italy
Box Folder
46 1 Malta
2-3 Switzerland
4 Postcards from KD and Farrell to Farrell family, 1948-1952
5 Will documents and correspondence
6-8 Writers' Action Group (WAG)
9-10 WAG party, June 1, 1979
Box
47-48 Oversize material

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