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HAYMON, Sylvia (1917-1995)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 7HAY
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: HAYMON, Sylvia (1917-1995)
Date(s): 1961-1965
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 0.5 A box (2 folders)
Name of creator(s): Haymon | Sylvia Rosen | 1917-1995 | writer
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Sylvia Haymon (1917-1995) was born Sylvia Rosen in Norwich on 17 Oct 1917, the daughter of a Jewish master tailor. She was educated at the London School of Economics but did not complete the course, instead marrying Mark Haymon in 1933. During the Second World War she worked in the United States, where she was employed by a New York toyshop as a buyer. She returned with the first of her two daughters to Britain in 1947 where she became a broadcaster, working with Woman's Hour in the early 1950s. She also became a freelance writer for The Lady, The Times and Punch until the late 1960s, writing articles on subjects including the militant suffrage movement at the start of the century. It was at the end of this decade that she began writing children's books, Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1969, and King Monmouth the following year. Subsequently she began to publish crime novels under the name of S T Haymon, the first being Death and The Pregnant Virgin in 1980, followed by Ritual Murde' in 1982, for which she won the Silver Dagger Award. She published seven of these in all, in addition to two volumes of autobiography: Opposite the Cross Keys (1988) and The Quivering Tree (1990). She died, three years after her husband, in Oct 1995.


Scope and content/abstract:

The archive consists of correspondence with Margery Corbett Ashby, Theresa Garnett, Anne Guthrie, Mary Stott, etc; publications; booklets; bulletins; press cuttings and a photograph of Charlotte Despard. The collection is concentrated around articles written by Mrs Haymon for the Guardian newspaper in Nov 1961 and Apr 1962, entitled 'The End of the Women's Freedom League' and 'The Patient Suffragette', an account of Corbett Ashby's career.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

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

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Finding aids:

Fawcett Library Catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased at auction in Feb 1981 through the Friends of The Fawcett Library.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Women's Library also holds the papers of Catherine Mary Stott. (7CMS)

Publication note:

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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