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Plowman Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 PLOWMAN
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Plowman Papers
Date(s): 1907-1966
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 18 boxes
Name of creator(s): Plowman | Mark (Max) | 1883-1941 | writer
Plowman | Dorothy Lloyd | d 1967 | née Sulman | wife of Max Plowman
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Max Plowman was born on 1 September 1883 at Northumberland Park, Tottenham, and was educated at various private schools. From 1937 to 1938 he was Secretary of the Peace Pledge Union. He was the Editor of The Adelphi from 1938. Plowman married Dorothy Lloyd Sulman in 1914 and had one son. Plowman died on 3 June 1941. Publications: four books of verse; War and the creative impulse (1919); Introduction to the study of Blake (1927); A subaltern on the Somme (by Mark VII) (1928); and The faith called pacifism (1936).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1907-1966, of Max Plowman and Dorothy Lloyd Plowman, comprising papers of Max Plowman, including correspondence, manuscripts and notebooks including publications, drafts of works, typescripts of plays, poems, articles and addresses, newspaper articles, and diaries; papers of Dorothy Lloyd Plowman, including correspondence, poems, prose, and writings on Max Plowman and on family relationships.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Part of the collection is closed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Draft handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The bulk of the collection was donated to UCL in 1967. Further papers were placed on permanent loan by Piers Plowman (son of Max and Dorothy) in September 1982.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Newcastle upon Tyne University, Robinson Library, holds 23 letters of Max Plowman to Jack Common, 1930-1940. Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, holds 42 letters to Geoffrey Keynes, 1924-1925. University of London (Library - Senate House) holds letters to Thomas Sturge Moore (Ref: MS 978). See also Location register of twentieth-century English literary manuscripts (1988).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: National Register of Archives. Revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
1999, revised Nov 2001

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