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Masefield, John Edward

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS951-953 and 966
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Masefield, John Edward
Date(s): 1907-1971
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 5 bundles, 4 single sheets, photographs
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 of John Masefield, 1907-1971. Manuscripts 951 and 952 contain photographs of Masefield, Mrs Ethel Stockdale Ross, theatre productions and HMS Conway (?). B/W and colour photographs and negatives. Manuscript 953 contains watercolours and one ink drawing by Masefield. Manuscript 966 contains a watercolour, 'The Dalgoner', 1920s.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open but access to some files may be restricted by the Freedom of Information Act. 24 hours notice necessary.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

MS 951 was given by Rosina M. Hew (companion to Ethel Stockdale Ross) in 1977.

Allied Materials

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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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