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TOMALIN, Ruth (1919-2012)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP110
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: TOMALIN, Ruth (1919-2012)
Date(s): 1938-2003
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Tomalin | Ruth | 1919-2012 | author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1919, Ireland; grew up on the Stansted Park estate in Sussex where her father was head gardener; educated at King's College London where she studied journalism, [1938-1939]; landgirl at Bosham in Sussex during the early stages of World War Two; reporter in Portsmouth, 1942-1945; joined the BBC after the War; published numerous novels, poetry, children's books and semi-autobiographical books on subjects including horticulture and country life; died Eastbourne, 2012.


Scope and content/abstract:

One file comprising a copy transcript of Ruth Tomalin's diary, May-Dec 1938 as a Journalism student at King's College London, with brief notes on College lectures attended and giving an interesting flavour of student life in London during the late 1930s with descriptions of West End theatre productions, parties and the geography of London; lecture notes in two notebooks, 1938; copies of press articles by Ruth Tomalin, 1938-1945; colour copy of the cover for Green ink (written as Ruth Leaver, Harrap, 1951); first edition of The sound of pens (written as Ruth Leaver, Blackie, London, 1955), which includes a fictionalised version of of King's College as 'Thames College' (pp 28-30); copy of Garden house diaries: life on a country estate, 1930-1945 (Ruth Tomalin, Quercus Press, Eastbourne, 2003).

Numerous publications include: All souls (Faber and Faber, london, 1952), The garden house (Faber and Faber, London, 1964), Long since (Faber, 1989), Away to the west (Faber and Faber, London, 1972).

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged as above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

A gift from the author Ruth Tomalin Ross in 2004.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Ruth Tomalin Ross, 2004

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Geoff Browell using biographical information derived from Ruth Tomalin's publications.

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:
August 2005; update Apr 2015

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