University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Stephen Graham:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Graham, Stephen, 1884-1975
Title: Stephen Graham Collection
Dates: 1892-1967, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts and letters written by the British journalist, travel-writer, essayist and novelist Stephen Graham, as well as correspondence he received. Most of Graham’s works in the collection focus on Russia. Letters from Arthur Conan Doyle, Zona Gale, Ernest Hemingway, and others are present.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1688
Extent: 3 boxes (1.26 linear feet), 1 galley folder (gf)
Language: English and Serbo-Croatian
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 Alexander of Yugoslavia: interviews and notes, typescript, 24 pages, 1937.
1.2 The death of yesterday, signed page proofs with handwritten additions, emendations, and corrections, 186 pages, 1930. Printed review pasted on title page.
1.3-4 The lay confessor, handwritten manuscript with revisions, approximately 260 pages in 2 notebooks, circa 1928. Loosely laid in: map of Warsaw, 3 pages of notes for this.
1.5 The life of Joseph Stalin, signed typescript with handwritten revisions and corrections, 101 pages, undated (published 1931?).
1.6-7 Life of Peter the Great, signed handwritten manuscript with revisions, approximately 290 pages in 2 notebooks, circa 1929.
1.8 Midsummer music, handwritten manuscript with revisions, approximately 250 pages in notebook, undated (published 1927). Several sections loosely laid in; also notes for this.
1.9 A modern Vanity Fair, handwritten manuscript / unfinished draft and notes, 78 pages in notebook, undated (published 1931). Contains chapters I-III, IV unfinished, final part of X, XI unfinished, XII-XIX outline notes.
Part of the wonderful scene: an autobiography:
2.1-3 Signed handwritten manuscript with revisions and notes, approximately 390 pages, circa 1964. Original title Pictures of my friends.
2.4-6 Typed and carbon manuscript with handwritten revisions, approximately 275 pages, circa 1964.
gf 1 Galley proofs with handwritten corrections and printer’s marks, 89 pages, 1964.
2.7 A private in the guards / titled Thoughts resulting from a double life, handwritten manuscript with emendations, 41 pages, March 1918.
3.1 Ygdrasil, handwritten manuscript with emendations, 177 pages, undated.


3.2 TLS to Roberts, Francis Warren, 7 February 1967 re Vachel Lindsay.
ALS to Roberts, Francis Warren, 11 December 1967. Enclosed with this: newspaper clipping of Mark Twain: An inscription for your volume of Huckleberry Finn, by Vachel Lindsay.
ALS to Straus, Ralph, 5 June 1917. Removed from AC-L G76lt 1916.


3.3 Arthur, George Compton Archibald, Sir, 1860- . ALS to Graham, 18 February no year.
Bennigson, George. ALS to Graham, 19 October 1916.
Bennigson, V. 5 ALS to Graham, undated.
Blackwood, Algernon, 1869-1951. 10 ALS, 2 ALI, AL, TLS, 2 TL to Graham, 1910-1917, undated. Included with these: newspaper clipping; telegram Mary Rita to Graham 25 November 1913; TN / copy L. P. N. to Blackwood.
Caine, William, 1873-1925. 4 ALS to Graham, 1914-1924.
Collins, Priscilla. ALS to Graham, 11 July no year.
Crane, Charles R. ALS to Graham, 6 December 1917.
The Daily Mail. Telegram to Graham, 25 November 1913.
Dewar, George Albemarle Bertie, 1862- . ALS to Graham, 2 November 1925.
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. ALS to Graham, 30 November no year.
Ewart, Mary N. ALS to Graham, undated.
Farson, Eve. 4 ALS to Graham, 1955-1960, undated.
Farson, Negley, 1890-1960. 4 TLS to Graham, undated.
Fyfe, Henry Hamilton, 1869- . ALS to Graham, 24 December 1909.
3.4 Gale, Zona, 1874-1938. ALS to Graham, undated.
Graham, Robert Bontine Cunninghame, 1852-1936. 4 ALS to Graham, 1919-1930.
Hamilton, Ian Standish Monteith, Sir, 1853-1947. 2 TLS to Graham, 2 February and 24 August 1939.
Hamilton, Jean Muir, d. 1941. ALS to Graham, 18 October no year.
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. TLS to Graham, 14 July no year.
Hill, Vernon. 8 ALI, 2 AL, 2 ANI, 2 Christmas cards to Graham, 1958-1966, undated.
Hilton, James, 1900-1954. TLS to Graham, 19 September 1942.
London, Charmain Kittredge. 2 TLS to Graham, 7 August and 11 December 1924
3.5 Milford Haven, Victoria, Princess. ALS to Graham, 20 March 1925.
Morley, Frank Vigor, 1899- . ALS, TLI to Graham, 16 June 1924, 8 February 1965.
Northcliffe, Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1865-1922. ALS, 2 TLS, 4 telegrams to Graham, 1913-1920.
Northcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Milner. ALS, telegram to Graham, 26 November 1913, 28 January no year.
Parry, Elizabeth Maud Herbert. ALS to Graham, 3 April no year.
Paul, Prince of Yugoslavia. ALS to Graham, 12 November 1937.
Reading, Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1860-1935. 2 ALS to Graham, 13 January 1914, 28 February 1915.
Ruthven, Walter Patrick Hore-Ruthven, 1870-1956. 2 ALS, TLS to Graham, 1918-1919.
3.6 Sedgwick, Ellery, 1872- . 2 TLS to Graham, 23 March 1916, 24 April 1920.
Sinclair, Archibald. TLS to Graham, 29 September 1939.
Stirling, J. A. 2 ALS to Graham, 19 October 1919, 14 February 1952.
Strachey, John St. Loe, 1860-1927. 2 TLS to Graham, 9 October 1915, 19 October 1917. Written on back of 1915 letter: handwritten notes.
The Times. TLS Geoffrey Robinson to Graham, 25 February 1914.
Upward, Allen, 1863-1926. 7 ALS to Graham, 1920-1925.
Velimorovic, Nikolai. 6 ALS to Graham, 1917-1952.
Visiak, Edward Harold, 1878- . 2 ALS, ALI to Graham, 1964-1967.
Williams, Harold W. ALS to Graham, 1 May 1914.
Zhivkovich, Peter. ALS to Graham, 13 May 1932. In Serbo-Croatian.


3.7 Unidentified author. Princip Gabriel, typescript, 7 pages, 1916. Background material for book on assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.
Unidentified author. ALS to unidentified recipients, undated.
Unidentified author. ALS to Novikoff, Olga, 23 September 1889.
Blackwood, Algernon, 1869-1951. TLS to Graham, P. Anderson, 30 October 1910. Written on this: ANI P. A. Graham to Stephen Graham.
Froude, James Anthony, 1818-1894. ALS, 6 ALI to Novikoff, Olga, 1892-1894, undated.
Gladstone, William Ewart, 1809-1898. ALS to Novikoff, Olga, 2 October 1895.

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