University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Thomas Burke:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Burke, Thomas, 1886-1945
Title: Thomas Burke Collection
Dates: 1909-1944, undated
Abstract: Includes several manuscripts by the British author and mystery writer Thomas Burke as well correspondence to or from Charlie Chaplin, Louis Golding, Grant Richards, and others.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-0607
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 The friend, typescript, 1 page, undated. Written on this: ANS by Armstrong, Terence Ian Fytton.
1.2 Living in Bloomsbury, page proofs with handwritten corrections, 368 pages, 1939 (publication date).
1.1 Living in Bloomsbury, specimen pages, 2 folded leaves, 26 May 1939.
1.3 Son of London, page proofs with handwritten corrections by the author, 223 pages, undated.
1.4 Sonata in scarlet, handwritten manuscript signed twice, 25 pages, 1940 (publication date). Published in Illustrated, 9 March 1940. From the Hanley Collection.
1.5 Vagabond minstrel: the adventures of Thomas Dermody, typescript with handwritten revisions, 335 pages, undated. Accompanied by signed typed note by Burke re Vagabond minstrel, 26 July 1937.
1.6 The winsome wench: the story of an old inn, typescript with handwritten revisions, 302 pages, undated. Signed handwritten note by Burke on cover sheet, March 1938.


1.7 2 TLS to Ainslie, Douglas, undated.
ANS, TLS to Crowninshield, Francis Welch, 30 December no year, undated. Removed from PZ 3 B9165 Su2 HRC FEG.
TL / draft with handwritten revisions to Eagle, 14 May no year.
TLS to Freeman, 14 September no year. Removed from PZ B9165 Su2 HRC FEG.
TPCS to Knapp-Fisher, J. S., 6 September 1940.
4 TLS to Richards, Grant, 1912, undated.
TLS to Shiel, Matthew Phipps, undated.


1.8 Binder, Pearl. 2 ALS to Burke, undated.
Lambrun?, Jacques. TLS / fragment to Burke, undated. Practice autographs on verso.
The Nineteenth Century & After, Ltd. 5 ALS to Burke, 1927-1928.
Salt, Henry Stephens, 1851-1939. ALS to Burke, 25 January 1929.
Shannon, Sheila (Britain in Pictures letterhead). TLS to Burke, 9 May 1944.


1.9 Barren, A. Wilson. 2 ALS to Burke, 10 July and 13 October 1939.
Burke, Tom. ALS to Burke, 25 April 1928.
Burns, John, 1858- . ANS to Burke, 23 November 1918.
Chaplin, Charles, 1888- . TLS, handwritten telegram to Burke, 21 November 1929, 23 February 1931.
Crowninshield, Francis Welch, 1872-1947 (Vogue letterhead). TLS to Burke, 17 July 1919.
Daly, Peter Christopher Arnold, 1875-1927. ALS to Burke, 12 January no year.
De Lara, Isidore, 1858-1935. 4 ALS to Burke, 1919-1920, undated.
Fothergill, John, 1876- . ALS to Burke, undated.
Gaselee, Stephen, Sir, 1882-1943. ALS to Burke, 7 September 1939.
Golding, Louis, 1895-1958. 2 ALS to Burke, 28 October 1923, 13 June 1924.
Heyl, Lawrence (Princeton University, The Library letterhead). TLS to Burke, 27 September 1939. Written on this: signed handwritten note "H. S. (Swaffer)" to Burke, undated.
Jacob, Naomi Ellington, 1889- . ALS to Burke, undated.
Lehmann, Liza, 1862-1918. ALS to Burke, undated.
Newbolt, Henry John, Sir, 1826-1938. ALS to Burke, 21 April 1913.
O'Leary, Con. 2 ALS to Burke, 22 August 1925, undated.
Orage, Alfred Richard, 1873-1934 (The New Age letterhead). ALS to Burke, 8 June 1909.
Oxford, M. ALS to Burke, 19 October 1939.
Pugh, Edwin William, 1874-1930. 2 ALS, ACS to Burke, 1910-1927.
Rota, Bertram. ALS to Burke, 11 October 1939.
Shanks, Edward, 1892- . ALS to Burke, 1 January 1924.
Solomon, C. 2 ALS, APCS, Christmas card to Burke, 1925-1941, undated.
Spring, Howard, 1889- . ALS to Burke, 6 February 1939.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date