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KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0019
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936)
Date(s): c1888-1943
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Kipling | Rudyard | 1865-1936 | author
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay on 30 December 1865. He was the son of the architectural sculptor and designer John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) and a cousin of Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947). He was educated at United Services College, Westward Ho! North Devon. In 1882, he joined the staff of the Civil and military gazette and pioneer in Lahore, and became Assistant Editor serving until 1889. He then settled in London though travelled widely in China, Japan, America, Africa, and Australia. From 1902 he lived in Burwash. His early writing included Plain tales from the hills (1887), Soldiers three and Wee Willie Winkie . Other stories and verse such as The light that failed (1891), The jungle book (1894), Second jungle book (1895), and Captains Courageous (1897) brought him to the height of his fame. His publications also included Barrack-room ballads (1897), Kim (1901), the Just so stories for little children (1902), Puck of Pook's hill (1906), and A school history of England (1911). In 1907 Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Rudyard Kipling, who was a cousin of Stanley Baldwin, died on 18 January 1936.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rudyard Kipling, c1888-1943, comprising letters from Edward Burne-Jones to Kipling, [c1888-1897]; Kipling to Sir John and Lady Bland-Sutton, [1917-1934]; letters from and to Lord Webb-Johnson, Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt concerning two unpublished poems poems by Kipling, 1943; text of the two unpublished poems, 'The Burden of Jerusalem' and 'A Chapter of Proverbs'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by written appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The volume was presented to the Royal College of Surgeons of England by Sir A Webb-Johnson in 1944.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other papers of Rudyard Kipling include correspondence, literary MSS and papers, c1880-1947 held by Sussex University Library Special Collections (Reference: SxMs 38); literary MSS held by the British Library, Manuscript Collections (Reference: Add MSS 44481, 45540-42, 59840); correspondence, literary MSS and papers (1425 items) held by the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington DC (Reference: NUC MS 62-529, 85-1636) and correspondence with Lord Beaverbrook, 1910-1818, held by the House of Lords Record Office: The Parliamentary Archives (Reference: BBK C/197-9). See the Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives website for further details.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Archives Hub website; Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line Catalogue. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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.

Date(s) of descriptions:
October 2002

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