University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

David Garnett:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Garnett, David, 1892-1981
Title: David Garnett Collection
Dates: 1909-1964, undated
Abstract: Contains works and letters by the British novelist and publisher David Garnett. Major correspondents include Gerald Brenan, Constance Garnett, T. E. Lawrence, and T. H. White.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1540
Extent: 17 boxes (7.14 linear feet)
Language: English, French, German, and Spanish
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Apryl Voskamp, 2015

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

Works:

Autobiography:
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1.1 Vol. 1 The golden echo: chapters I-V, typescript / incomplete with handwritten title page and extensive handwritten revisions and inserts, 186 pages, 1953.
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1.2 Vol. 1 The golden echo: chapter 11 to end, typescript / incomplete with handwritten revisions and extensive handwritten inserts with revisions, 136 pages, undated.
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1.3 Vol. 2 Flowers of the forest, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 185 pages bound, undated. Included with this: notes on Hilton village and its history, bound notebook.
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1.4 Vol. 2 Reminiscences, handwritten manuscript with revisions, approximately 270 pages bound, undated. Not described in card catalog; purchase R10522, 1984.
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1.5 Vol. 3 The familiar faces, typescript with handwritten revisions and extensive typed inserts with handwritten revisions, 143 pages, undated.
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2.2 Beany-eye, typescript with handwritten revisions, 99 pages; typed and carbon copy extra pages with handwritten revisions, 8 pages; 1935.
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2.3 Diary: autobiographical notes, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 240 pages bound, undated.
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2.4 The essential T. E. Lawrence, proof copy corrected by A. W. Lawrence, 311 pages, 1950.
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2.5 Flying, signed handwritten manuscript, 163 pages in 3 bound volumes, 1929-1931. Diaries used for Rabbit in the air.
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2.6 The Garnett family, signed typescript with handwritten corrections, 3 pages, December 1959.
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3.1 Go she must!, handwritten manuscript / draft fragments, workings and notes with handwritten revisions and several typed pages, 324 pages, January-July 1926. Included with this: cover envelope with handwritten note by Garnett. Largely unpaginated.
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3.2 Go she must!, typescript with handwritten revisions, 190 pages (numbered 1-2; 1-126; 132-193), 1927.
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3.3 The grasshoppers come, signed handwritten manuscript with revisions, 127 pages bound, undated. Bound with this: The life of Pocahontas, signed handwritten manuscript with revisions, approximately 625 pages, 1931.
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4.1 The grasshoppers come, typescript / incomplete with handwritten revisions and extensive typed and handwritten inserts with revisions, 44 pages, 1931. Includes title page sketch.
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2.1 A hill outstation, handwritten manuscript / incomplete, 8 pages, undated. Section VI of unidentified work.
Introduction (to his English abridged version of Gressent's work on the kitchen garden), handwritten manuscript with emendations, 2 pages, undated.
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4.2 Journal, handwritten manuscript with many handwritten and typed revisions and inserts, approximately 200 pages bound, undated. Written on front end paper: ANS "Walter De La Mare." Also written on this: selected quoted passages from writings of various authors written in Garnett's hand.
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4.3 Lady into fox, signed handwritten manuscript with revisions and 3 wood engravings by Ray Garnett pasted on, 121 pages; handwritten manuscript / summary / incomplete, 6 pages; handwritten manuscript / fragments with revisions, 13 pages; all undated. Included with these: Ray Garnett, notes on foxes, handwritten manuscript, 1 page, undated.
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4.4 Lady into fox, original proof sheets with corrections by Garnett, 91 pages bound, 1922. Not described in card catalog; transfer from Library.
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4.5 A man in the zoo, handwritten manuscript with revisions and initialed note by Garnett written on title page, 146 pages; handwritten manuscript / notes and fragments with revisions, one signed, together with title page and printed map, 29 pages; 1923, undated. All unpaginated.
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5.1 A net for Venus, handwritten manuscript with revisions and extensive typed inserts with handwritten revisions, 216 pages, undated. Includes typed blurb.
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5.2-3 No love, handwritten manuscript with handwritten and typed revisions and inserts, approximately 300 pages, 1927-1929. Enclosed with this: ANS "David Garnett" 6 February 1929.
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4.6 Note I, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 2 pages, undated. For Rabbit in the air. On letterhead stationery of The Nonesuch Press.
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5.4 Notebook 1, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 178 pages bound, undated. Contents: Beany-eye ("Bill"); Figaro in Sussex; Autobiography.
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4.6 The old dovecote (short story), handwritten manuscript with emendations, 15 pages, Summer 1919. Original title deleted: One of the lucky ones.
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6.1-2 Pocahontas, typescript with handwritten revisions and typescript pages of variant versions, approximately 375 pages, 1932. Included with this: notes, chronology, preface and acknowledgements.
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6.3 Pocahontas: notes, handwritten and typed manuscript with revisions, 83 pages, undated.
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6.4 Roger Ingpen, signed handwritten manuscript, 1 page, undated.
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6.5 A Russian story, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 31 pages, undated.
The sailor's return:
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6.6 Handwritten manuscript / first version with revisions, approximately 300 pages, 1925.
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7.1 Typescript / first typed version with handwritten revisions, 162 pages, undated. Included with this: handwritten note re the manuscripts of this work.
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7.2 Carbon typescript / second typed version with revisions by David Garnett and George Moore, 160 pages, 1925.
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7.3-4 Typescript / final typed version for printing with handwritten revisions, 175 pages, 1925. Included with this: handwritten and typed manuscript / fragments, variant versions of certain episodes, 60 pages.
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4.6 T. H. White (obituary), typescript with handwritten revisions, 2 pages; handwritten notes, 2 pages; undated. Included with this: ALS The Times Obituary Department to Garnett, 12 October 1962.
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7.5 Two by two (part 1), handwritten manuscript with revisions, 128 pages bound; handwritten notes, 2 pages; undated.
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7.6 Two by two (part 2), handwritten manuscript with revisions, 101 pages bound, undated. Included with this: Castle in Spain, handwritten notes, 1 page.



Letters:

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8.1 TL / draft to unidentified recipient in application for post of lecturer in botany in Union of South Africa, undated.
8 ALS to Bussy, Jane Simone, 1923-1930, undated. Included with ALS dated 25 September 1923: ALS André Maurois to Jane Bussy, 12 October no year. Written in French.
TLS to Clayton, Douglas, 2 February 1929.
TccL to Clayton, R. S. M. re book on flying, 24 October 1931.
4 ALS to Cline, Clarence Lee, 1951-1959. Included with these: TccL Cline to Garnett, 5 October 1951.
2 signed Christmas cards to Cranfill, Thomas M., 15 December 1960, 1962.
3 ALS, TLS to Davidson, Angus, 1921-1962.
ALS to Davidson, Douglas, undated.
2 ALS to Doggart, James Hamilton, 8 November 1935, undated.
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8.3 ALS to Garnett, Constance "Mother," undated.
728 ALS, 12 ALS / incomplete, 8 ALI, 15 AL, 7 AL / incomplete, 2 TLS, 2 AN, 26 APCS, APCI, 2 APC, PC to Garnett, Constance, 1909-1946, undated. Arranged according to Garnett's tentative chronology, sometimes inaccurate. Contains: letter written in German; drawings:
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8.3 Undated; 1909-1911
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8.4 1912-1913
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8.5 1914
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8.6 1915
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8.7 1916
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9.1 1917-1918
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9.2 1919-1925
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9.3 1926-1928
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9.4 1929-1930
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9.5 1931-1932
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10.1 1933-1935
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10.2 1936-1937
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10.3 1938-1939
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10.4 1940
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10.5 1941-1942
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11.1 1943-1946
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11.2 47 ALS, 3 AL / incomplete, TL / copy, AN, 4 APCS to Garnett, Edward, 1910-1937, undated.
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8.2 15 ALS, AL, APCS to Garnett, Edward, 1927-1929, undated. Included with this: TLS Francis to Garnett, David, 16 April 1928.
ALS "Bunny" to Garnett, Richard Duncan Carey, April 1930.
ALS to Knopf, Alfred A., 8 March no year.
ALS, TLS to Lowman, Matthias Paul, II, 11 November 1962, 20 November 1964.
AL / draft to MacDonald, James Ramsay re civil pension for T. F. Powys, 1933. Included with this: TccL to Arthur Waley; TccL to Prime Minister's private secretary; TccL to Lord Russell.
ALS to Marshall, Kenneth re T. E. Lawrence letters, 28 July 1938.
3 ALS to Moore, George, 13 April 1926, undated.
4 ALS, 2 APCS to Morgan, Louise, 1930-1933, undated.
ALS to Pease, Arthington, 27 October 1917.
TL to Prentice re The sailor's return, undated. Removed from ms. of The sailor's return.
6 ALS, TLS to Roberts, Richard Ellis, 1932-1933.
10 ALS to Sackville-West, Edward, 1935-1953, undated.
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11.3-4 111 ALS, 2 AL, TLS, Christmas card to White, T. H. "Tim," 1936-1962, undated.
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11.4 9 ALS to White, T. H. "Tim," 1956-1960, undated.
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8.2 ALS / draft to Williams, James Howard "Jim," 12 February 1953.
ALS to Wilson, 17 June no year.
ALS, TLS, APCS to Wilson, John G., 1923-1928, undated.



Recipient:

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11.5 Unidentified author Eilean. ALS to Garnett, David, 20 November 1939.
Unidentified author Peter. ALS to Garnett, David, 3 November 1929.
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962. 6 TLS to Garnett, David, 1949-1950.
Barrie, James Matthew, Sir, 1860-1937. ALS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 8 December 1933.
Birrell, Augustine, 1850-1933. ALS to Garnett, David, 28 December 1915.
Brenan, Gerald, 1894- . ALS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 4 August 1933. Included with this: TccL from David Garnett to Gerald Brenan.
Brenan, Gerald, 1894- . Letters to Garnett, David, 1924-1980, undated. Not described in card catalog; purchase R15360, 2005:
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11.6 Undated
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11.7 1924-1929
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12.1 1930
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12.2 1931-1934
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12.3 1935-1943
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12.4 1944-1959
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12.5 1960-1966
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12.6 1967-1971
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12.7 1972-1973
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12.8 1974-1976
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12.9 1977-1980
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11.5 Chatto and Windus. TLS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 2 December 1933. Enclosed: TccLS H. J. C. Grierson to Ramsay MacDonald.
Clayton, R. S. M. 2 ALS to Garnett, David re book on flying, 29 October and 11 November 1931.
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. ALS to Garnett, David, 28 December 1920.
De La Mare, Walter John, 1873-1956. ALS to Garnett, David, undated.
Dobson, Frank, 1888- . ALS to Garnett, David, 21 April 1927.
Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888-1965. TLS to Garnett, David, 2 May 1927. Letterhead: The New Criterion.
Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939. ALS to Garnett, David, 7 January 1922.
Esher, Lionel Gordon Baliol Brett, Viscount, 1913- . ALS to Garnett, David, 18 January 1939.
Garnett, David, 1892- . Letters concerning the letters of T. E. Lawrence, 1937-1940. Correspondence from the possessors of T. E. Lawrence letters (A-Z) concerning him, publication of his letters, or the completed book. A few letters addressed to A. W. Lawrence. Some enclosures: TL / copies of T. E. Lawrence letters, notes, clippings, one photograph:
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13.2 A-C. Contains letters to Garnett, David from Lady Nancy Astor, Jonathan Cape, and others.
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13.3 D-H. Contains letters to Garnett, David from Robert Graves and others.
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13.4 I-M. Contains letters to Garnett, David from John Maynard Keynes and others.
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13.5 N-Se.
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14.1 Sh-Z. Contains letters to Garnett, David from Mrs. G. B. Shaw and others.
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11.5 Green, Henry, 1905- (pseud.). TLS Henry Yorke to Garnett, David, 21 June 1950.
Hardy, Florence Emily Dugdale, d. 1937. 2 ALS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 26 January and 23 November 1933. Included with this: TL / copy from J. M. Barrie to Florence Hardy; TL / copy from Ramsay MacDonald to J. M. Barrie; 2 TccL from David Garnett to Florence Hardy.
Hudson, William Henry, 1841-1922. 5 ALS, APCS, signed handwritten receipt to Garnett, David, 1920-1922, undated. Enclosed with ALS dated 22 July 1920: portion of AL from Mrs. Naylor to Hudson. Enclosed with ALS dated 10 November 1921: handwritten notes on bird poems.
Hudson,William Henry, 1841-1922. 2 ALS, 2 APCS, receipt to Garnett, David, 1921-1922.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, 1900-1976. TLS, APCS to Garnett, David, 16 May 1927, 19 December 1938.
Hutchinson, Mary, 1888-1977. 2 ALS to Garnett, David, 22 October 1917, 20 November 1922.
Huxley, Aldous Leonard, 1894-1963. ALS to Garnett, David, 19 April 1930.
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13.1 John, Augustus Edwin, 1878-1961. 3 ALS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 1933-1934.
Jones, Thomas, 1870-1955. ALS to Garnett, David, 22 February no year.
Lawrence, Frieda, 1879-1956. ALS to Garnett, David, March 1930.
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14.2 Lawrence, Thomas Edward, 1888-1935. 6 ALS, 7 ALI, TLS to Garnett, David, 1928-1934.
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13.1 Lewis, Wyndham, 1886-1957. 9 ALS, New Year's card to Garnett, David, 1921-1929.
MacDonald, James Ramsay, 1866-1937. TLS Nevile Butler to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 13 March 1935.
Masefield, John, 1878-1967. ANS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, undated. Included with this: TccL to John Masefield.
Maurois, André, 1885-1967. ALS to Garnett, David, 28 February 1929.
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14.3-4 Moore, George, 1852-1933. 33 ALS, 31 TLS to Garnett, David, 1924-1931, undated.
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13.1 Moore, George Edward, 1873-1958. ALS to Garnett, David, 17 May 1949.
Morrell, Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, Lady, 1873-1938. 2 ALS to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 15 November 1933, undated.
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14.6 Nichols, Robert Malise Bowyer, 1893-1944. 6 ALS to Garnett, David, 1927-1938. Included with these: Story suggestions, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 8 pages, undated.
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14.5 O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964. ALS to Garnett, David, 18 February 1935.
P.E.N. Club. FLS president John Galsworthy to Garnett, David re unpaid dues, 2 August 1928.
Powys, Theodore Francis, 1875-1953. 2 ALS to Garnett, David, 31 October and 8 November 1933.
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14.7 Price, Lynda. Letters to Garnett, David, 1973-1979. Not described in card catalog; purchase R15360, 2005.
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14.5 Richards, Ivor Armstrong, 1893- . ANI to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, undated.
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13.5 Rose, William. ALS to Garnett, David re Wyndham Lewis letters, 9 January 1959.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. TLS M. L. Lemon to Garnett, David, 3 January 1928.
Sassoon, Siegfried Lorraine, 1886-1967. ALS, 2 ALI, APCI to Garnett, David, 1936-1950, undated.
Sitwell, Osbert, Sir, 1892-1969. 2 ALS to Garnett, David, 27 February 1937, undated.
Tebbutt, C. F. ALS to Garnett, David, 30 August 1940.
Wade, Allan, 1881-1955. 3 ALS to Garnett, David, 1951-1952.
Watt (A. P.) & Son. TLS M. Gregson Ellis to Garnett, David, 5 February 1951.
Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946. 7 ALS, 2 TLS, AN to Garnett, David, 1929-1942, undated.
Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946. TLS secretary Lucienne Southgate to Garnett, David re Theodore Francis Powys, 29 November 1933. Included with this: 2 TccL David Garnett to H. G. Wells.
Wells, Marjorie. 2 TLS to Garnett, David, 18 and 19 February 1937.
White, Terence Hanbury, 1906-1964. 201 ALS, 3 AL, AL / fragment, 12 TLS, TL from "Brownie," AN, APCS, 3 APC, 3 telegrams to Garnett, David, 1936-1962, undated. Included with these: ALS T. H. White to Richard Garnett, 14 September 1941; letters between T. H. White, David Garnett, Jonathan Cape, W. A. R. Collins re White publication; Sea air, typescript, 11 pages; unidentified typescript / incomplete, 5 pages; 14 photographs; drawings:
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14.8 Undated; 1936-1938
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15.1 1939-1940
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15.2 1941
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15.3 1942
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15.4 1943-1944
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15.5 1945
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15.6 1946-1948
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16.1 1949-1951
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16.2 1952
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16.3 1953-1958
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16.4 1959-1962
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16.5 7 ALS T. H. White to Rachel Alice Marshall Garnett, 1937-1940.
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16.6-7 Williams, James Howard, 1897-1958. 38 ALS, AL / incomplete to Garnett, David, 1949-1953, undated.
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13.5 Williams, Susan. 2 ALS to Garnett, David, 17 October and 1 November 1950.
Wolfe, Humbert, 1885-1940. ALS to Garnett, David, 3 January 1929.



Miscellaneous:

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16.8 Unidentified author. Answers to questions, typescript with handwritten corrections, 3 pages, undated. Informative and critical comments on items in Garnett's Rabbit in the air.
Unidentified author. Flying, handwritten manuscript, 3 pages, undated. Account of first plane ride removed from Garnett's diaries on flying.
Brenan, Gerald, 1894- . Not described in card catalog; purchase R15360, 2005:
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16.9 Unidentified author Teodorico. ANS to Brenan (?), undated. Written in Spanish.
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16.10 3 ANS from Brenan and Gamel Woolsey to Garnett, Rachel "Ray," undated.
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16.11 Poems, typescript / transcription, 4 pages undated. Includes nine poems written at Seville, 1923.
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16.12 Brenan and Woolsey's July-August 1936 correspondence regarding the Spanish Civil War, typescript / copy, 15 pages, undated.
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16.13 Travel notes, handwritten manuscript, 5 pages, undated.
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16.8 Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896- . 2 ALS to Birrell, Francis, 23 November and 31 December 1921.
Fry, Miss, translator. Translation of a letter from the Prefect of the Marne to the Minister of War, Paris, handwritten manuscript, 2 pages, 14 March 1916.
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17.1 Garnett, David, 1892- . Notes re the letters of T. E. Lawrence, handwritten, typed, and carbon copy manuscripts of miscellaneous unarranged notes and clippings, 41 pages, undated.
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17.2 Garnett, Rachel "Ray". 2 ALS from Ray Garnett to Sackville-West, Edward. Not described in card catalog; purchase R13804, 1997.
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17.3 Laurie, Thomas Werner. Correspondence with various individuals re Dope darling by David Garnett written under pseudonym Leda Burke, 21 letters plus some miscellanea, 1917-1919. Correspondents include David and Edward Garnett, Brasted House, Dunedin Press Ltd., Wyman & Sons, G. Duncan & Son, Ltd., The Premier Engraving Co., and Elsie M. Lang.
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17.4 Lawrence, Thomas Edward, 1888-1935. The 200 Class R. A. F. seaplane tender by T. E. Shaw, mimeo with handwritten emendations, 81 pages, undated.
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17.5 Moore, George, 1852-1933. ALS to Hutchinson, Mary, 28 December 1922. Letter praises Lady into fox.
Moore, George, 1852-1933. ALS, 2 TLS to Meynell, Wilfrid, 31 May and 29 December 1926, undated.
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16.8 Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925. APCS to Birrell, Francis and Garnett, 23 November 1921.
Valéry, Paul, 1871-1945. TLS to Birrell, Francis, 2 July 1920. Written in French.
Williams, James Howard, 1897-1958:
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17.6 Bandoola the elephant by "Elephant Bill," carbon typescript with handwritten emendations, 60 pages, undated.
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17.7-8 Elephant Bill, handwritten manuscript / first version with revisions, 495 pages, undated.
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17.9 Elephant Bill: notes and fragments, handwritten manuscript with revisions, 136 pages, undated.
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16.8 ALS to "Teddy," 25 June 1950.



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