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Perriam, Wendy: The Wendy Perriam Archive

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2108 KUAS91
Held at: Kingston University
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Full title: Perriam, Wendy: The Wendy Perriam Archive
Date(s): [1940]-date
Level of description: Fonds (Collection)
Extent: 100 boxes
Name of creator(s): Perriam | Wendy | b 1940 | author
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Wendy Perriam is the author of several novels, often associated with suburban life. Her work includes Sin City, Absinthe for Elevenses and Broken Places. She has also published several collections of short stories and had these, poetry and other works published in magazines. After studying at a convent school Perriam studied at Oxford and Kingston School of Art before becoming a full-time author. She also teaches creative writing.


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers of author Wendy Perriam. This includes the working papers for all of her novels including idea notebooks, research, drafts, correspondence and notes on publicity. The collection also contains materials relating to her poetry and short story collections, plus her teaching, public speaking and other work. In addition there is material relating to her personal life.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The collection has been arranged by Perriam's activities, starting with her novel writing. Papers for the novels are arranged alphabetically by novel title, followed by materials for her short stories, poetry, other writing, other work and personal records.

Conditions governing access:

Items from the collection are able to be viewed by appointment in the Kingston University Archives and Special Collections search room.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copying from the collection is restricted due to copyirght restrictions and to protect the phydical condition of the records. Please refer any requests for copies to a member of staff.

Finding aids:

A box list of the collection is available to view in the Archives search room. Full catalogue records for the collection will eventually be added onto the Archives catalogue at

Archival Information

Archival history:

The collection was drawn together by Wendy Perriam over the course of many years prior to its transfer to Kingston University Archives and Special Collections. More material continues to be added as Perriam continues her work.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Wendy Perriam.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

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Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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.

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