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Masefield, John (1878-1967)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 SLV/92-99
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Masefield, John (1878-1967)
Date(s): 1910-1967
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 8 items
Name of creator(s): Masefield | John Edward | 1878-1967 | poet and novelist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Masefield was born in Ledbury in 1878. Having entered the Merchant Navy Masefield deserted ship in America where he drifted for some time. Returning to England he became a journalist and his interest in writing was explored, publishing several volumes of poetry before the outbreak of World War One. During the war Masefield was a member of the Red Cross and witnessed the disaster at Gallipoli, which he later wrote about in his position as head of the War Propaganda Bureau. During the twenties and thirties Masefield wrote numerous volumes of poetry which were most successful, as well as two novels and an autobiography. Masefield continued to write until his death in 1967.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers and correspondence of John Masefield, 1910-1967. SL V 92-7 are letters and SL V 98 are book tokens inscribed by Masefield. SL V 99 are proofs for Sea Life in Nelson's Time (1971).

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Open, subject to the conditions outlined at fonds level

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Allied Materials

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In Senate House Library MS951 and MS952 contain photographs of Masefield, Mrs Ethel Stockdale Ross, theatre productions and HMS Conway (?). B/W and colour photographs and negatives. MS 953 contains watercolours and one ink drawing by Masefield. MS 966 contains a watercolour, The Dalgoner, 1920s. The University of London Library also holds correspondence between John Masefield and Ethne Thompson (Ref: MS 935).

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library, University of Texas at Austin, USA, holds literary papers; New York Public Library, USA, has literary papers; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contains correspondence, papers and literary manuscripts, [1902]-1967 (Ref: MSS Eng lett c255; misc 657-58, e602, f398; poet d194-95, e116-21), letters to his family, 1917 (Ref: MS Eng lett d310), papers relating to the Battle of the Somme, World War One, 1916-1917 (Ref: MSS Eng misc e670, g77), letters to Robert Seymour Bridges, 1915-1929 (Ref: Dep Bridges), letters to Celia Brown, 1926-1930 (Ref: MS Eng lett c453), letters to Neville Henry Kendal Aylmer Coghill, 1933-1948 (Ref: MSS Eng lett c798-809), letters to John Lawrence Le Breton Hammond, 1917-1930, letters to Phyllis Horne, 1940-1963 (Ref: MS Eng lett e122), letters to Grace Hunter, [1950]-1967 (Ref: MS Eng lett d475), correspondence with George Gilbert Aimé Murray, 1905-1958 (Ref: MSS Gilbert Murray), correspondence with Henry Wood Nevinson and Evelyn Sharp Nevinson, [1910]-1940 (Ref: MS Eng lett c269), letters to Sir James Shelley, 1913-1917, and letters to Audrey Napier-Smith; the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, holds correspondence, papers and literary manuscripts, 1903-1967 (Ref: NUC MS 81-599), and letters to Sir William Rothenstein (Ref: NUC MS 82-665); the Theatre Museum, London, has letters and papers relating to The Coming of Christ (William Heinemann, London, 1928), and letters; King's College Modern Archive Centre, Cambridge University, contains letters mainly to Charles Robert Ashbee, 1902-1941 (Ref: CRA), letters and postcards to Rupert Chawner Brooke, 1912-1915 (Ref: Brooke Papers/L/1/39-53), letters to Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, 1918-[1930] (Ref: Add 8889/3/229-42), Lambeth Palace Library, London, holds letters to George Kennedy Allen Bell, 1927-1954; Litchfield Historical Society, Connecticut, USA, has letters to Dorothy Bull, 1916-1930 (Ref: NUC MS 74-379); the British Library, London, contains correspondence with Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, 1904-1962 (Ref: Add MS 52735), letters to Harley Granville Granville-Barker, 1906-1916 (Ref: Add MS 47897), correspondence with the League of Dramatists, 1928-1955 (Ref: Add MSS 56854-56), letters to Lillah McCarthy, 1907-1945 (Ref: Add MS 47897), letters to George Bernard Shaw, 1907-1946 (Ref: Add MS 50543), and correspondence with the Society of Authors, 1909-1967 (Ref: Add MSS 56575-56626); the Brotherton Library, Leeds University, contains letters to Sir Edmund William Gosse, 1911-1916, and letters to Thomas Moult, 1919-1921; Columbia University, New York, USA, holds letters to Cyril Clemens and literary manuscripts, 1928-1967 (Ref: NUC MS 70-132); the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Dublin, has letters to Margaret Dobbs, 1909-1921; Birmingham University Information Services contain letters to Ada Galsworthy (Ref: JG117/2/11/1-21), and letters to Francis Brett Young, 1921-1926 (Ref: FBY3100-08); Forbes Magazine, New York, USA, contains correspondence with John Galsworthy, 1910-1918 (Ref: JG 216, 770-1, 1227-32); Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, holds letters to Florence Hardy; Kent University Library, Canterbury, has letters to Hewlett Johnson; the John Rylands University Library of Manchester contains letters to the Manchester Guardian, 1902-1952 (Ref: Guardian Archives); the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University, holds letters to Cecil Edric Mornington Roberts, 1918-1966 (Ref: RBTS); the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, has correspondence with Sir Ronald Ross, 1918-1921; the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has correspondence with Sir Ronald Ross, 1919-1931 (Ref: RCPSG); the Royal Society of Literature, London, has letters to the Society, 1913-1967; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, contains letters to Lilian Adam Smith (Ref: Dep 311), letters to Alice V Stuart, 1945-1961, and letters, 1955-1961 (Acc 4868); the News International Record Office, London, holds correspondence with The Times; Bradford Art Galleries and Museums have letters to Butler Wood, 1903-1905; the University of Arizona Library, USA, contains correspondence, 1906-1911 (Ref: NUC MS 62-1186); the Beinecke Library, Yale University, holds letters and literary manuscripts; Fales library, New York, USA, has letters; the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, USA, contains letters, 1932-1934; the Huntington Library, California, USA, holds letters and literary manuscripts, 1902-1957.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the Senate House catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009.

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