University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

R. P. Lister:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Lister, R. P. (Richard Percival), 1914-2014
Title: R. P. Lister Collection
Dates: 1944-1949
Abstract: A collection of material from the poet R. P. Lister relating to the London literary society The Saturdays.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-5382
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The R. P. Lister Collection contains materials concerning the founding of The Saturdays, a literary society started in London during World War II. The Saturdays first met on March 24, 1944 at the home of writer Helen Pearl Adams, usually referred to by the nickname "Persis" in the collection. The poet R. P. Lister was an early member of the society. Included in the collection are membership lists and summarizations of meeting minutes from 1945-1949. Also included is a typescript draft of a history of the society written by Lister. The history is divided into eleven chapters, and left uncompleted. It records the founding of The Saturdays, the effect of World War II on the group’s meetings, its growth in popularity, and its activities.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2015 (15-09-016-P)

Processed by:

Elizabeth E. Preston, 2015


Container List

The Saturdays, 1944-1949

Container
1.1 Attendance list, 1944
Container
1.2-3 History of The Saturdays, typescript draft
Container
1.4 Membership lists, undated
Container
1.5-6 Minutes, 1945-1949
Container
1.7-8 Empty files