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STRACHEY family letters: (Autograph Letter Collection)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 9/27
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: STRACHEY family letters: (Autograph Letter Collection)
Date(s): 1805-1962
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 A box (1 volume)
Name of creator(s): Strachey family
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Scope and content/abstract:

The collection contains letters between members of the Strachey family and other correspondents. Writers include Philippa Strachey, Ralph Strachey, Richard Strachey, Oliver Strachey, Sir Richard Strachey, Pernel Strachey, James Strachey, Lady Jane Strachey, Dorothy Strachey, Marjorie Strachey, Elinor Rendel, Dorothy Bussy, Roger Fry, Virginia Woolf and Mlle Souvestre.

9/27/A- Letters between Roger Fry and Philippa Strachey 1915-1933.

9/27/B- Letters from Ralph Strachey to Philippa Strachey 1869-1893.

9/27/C- Letters to Philippa Strachey from Richard Strachey 1886-1917 and to Philippa Strachery from Oliver Strachey 1906-1912 (Begin at AL/4767).

9/27/D- Ralph at School 1878-1889; James at School 1899; Elinor Rendel 1889-1896; Sir Richard Strachey 1889-1899; Pernel Strachey 1891 & 1894-1895.

9/27/E- Letters from: Pippa to her mother 1902/1905; Passport 1915; Dorothy Strachey to Pippa Strachey 1895-1903; Dorothy Bussy to Pippa Strachey 1903-1929; Marjorie Strachey to Pippa Strachey 1898-1956; Ray Strachey to Pippa Strachey 1911-1929.

9/27/F- Letters from friends and acquaintances to various members of the Strachey family 1865 to 1958; Letters from Marietta Pallis to Philippa Strachey Nov 1955-Jan 1957 - begin AL/5073; Letters of Condolence on the death of Pernel Strachey. Arranged alphabetically 1951-1952 - begin AL/5097.

9/27/G- Letters from Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey written in French from 'Les Ruches'; The Strachey letters Volume 27 Part G II, Letters from Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey, Written in French 1874-1879 - Begin AL/5156.

Access & Use

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This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit. Available on microfiche only

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Finding aids:

Abstracts of individual letters in the autograph letters collection were written and held alongside the letters. This work was done from the 1960s by volunteers including Nan Taylor. In 2004 Jean Holder completed a 3 year project to list the letters, copy-type the abstracts, and repackage the letters to meet preservation needs. In 2005 Vicky Wylde and Teresa Doherty proof read and imported the entries to the Special Collections Catalogue.

The original card index of all correspondents, including date of letter and volume reference, is available on the microfiche.

Archival Information

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Allied Materials

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Also held at The Women's Library are personal papers of Jane Strachey (7JMS), Philippa Strachey (7PHS), Pernel Strachey (7JPS) and Strachey Family Papers (7BSH).

Further papers of the Strachey family are available in a number of repositories. Further letters of Dorothy Bussey are available in the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library while her letters to Philippa Strachey are in the Tate Gallery Archive (Reference : TGA 7028.1.1-22). The papers of James Strachey are held by the British Psycho-Analytical Society while his letters to Dora Carrington (1916-1932) are in the British Library Manuscripts Department (Reference : Add MS 65158) and those to Leonard Woolf are in Sussex University Library Special Collections (Reference : SxMs 13/Pt III). The majority of the papers of Jane Maria Strachey are also in the British Library Manuscripts Department (Reference : Add MSS 60631-54) along with extensive family and personal correspondence deposited in the British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections (Reference : MSS Eur F 127). Papers of Joan Pernel comprising her correspondence with Dame Katharine Furse (1934-51) are in the PowerGen Library (Reference : URWICK ARCHIVE). Oliver Strachey's letters to G E Moore are in the Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (Reference : add MSS 8330/8S/47). Sir Richard Strachey's notes and notebooks are held in both the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library and Archives and in the Natural History Museum, while large sections of his other papers are held in the British Library, Manuscript Collections (Reference : Add MSS 60631-54).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Finding aid created by export from CALM v7.2.14 Archives Hub EAD2002. Edited for AIM25 by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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