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Freeman, Barbara Constance (fl 1920s-fl 1989)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2108 KUAS20
Held at: Kingston University
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Full title: Freeman, Barbara Constance (fl 1920s-fl 1989)
Date(s): 1902-1989
Level of description: collection
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Freeman | Barbara Constance | fl 1920s-fl 1989 | author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Barbara Constance Freeman was a student of art at Kingston School of Art, 1923-[1926]; passed an examination in drawing and won a scholarship in 1929 (information sourced from correspondence from Ernest Kyle within the collection, does not specify what scholarship was awarded). Freeman was awarded Silver trophy from Society of Women Journalists for 'Best illustration' in the Annual Literary Festival, 1949 and became an author.

Publications include Clemency in the Moonlight (Pan Macmillan, 1981) and Two Thumb Thomas (Puffin, 1978).


Scope and content/abstract:

Barbara Constance Freeman collection, 1902-1989, comprises books, sketchbooks, illustrations, photographs, a diary, letters and an audio tape containing a BBC interview with Freeman. Sketchbooks contain pencil drawings including people and animals and the collection also contains notebooks comprising notes on architecture used whilst studying at Kingston School of Art. The collection contains certificates awarded to Freeman and Mary Freeman (possibly her aunt) including Barbara's certificate for passing an examination in drawing, 1926; correspondence including a letter from Ernest Kyle, 1929 and a testimonial requested by Freeman discussing her achievements at Kingston School of Art.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English (contains one letter in French).

System of arrangement:

The collection is uncatalogued and remains in its original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Contact archive for information concerning reproduction at

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids currently exist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired in 2006.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Barbara Constance Freeman acquisitions file (Archives and Special Collections reading room, Kingston University) and the collection (KUAS20).
Entry compiled by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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:
May 2008.

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