GLAM Survey of Collecting Policy & Practice:
University of Exeter Library

The Library specialises in the literary archives and manuscripts of writers associated with the South West of England. The collection is predominantly twentieth century and includes a number of figures of international significance (e.g. the du Maurier family, Henry Williamson, Ted Hughes, Agatha Christie, A.L. Rowse and Charles Causley, where the latter two archives include major letter collections), as well as less-well known figures with notable regional interest (e.g. Jack Clemo, Arthur Caddick, Frances Bellerby). Since 2001, the Library has actively renewed its collecting practices and is now seeking to establish purchasing relationships with living writers/ literary organisations in the region. Recent accessions include the Arvon Foundation archive, The Ronald Duncan archive and the Patricia Beer archive.

Recent Acquisitions

Description of acquisition (including extent) Type of acquisition Source of acquisition
1 .2001 EUL MS 144Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) & George du Maurier (1834-1896): literary papers.

c. 26 small archival boxes

Loan/deposit Approach to owner
2. 2003 EUL MS 212Lawrence Sail (b 1942), poet, critic, editor, translator: literary papers, 1974-2002.

c. 11 small archival boxes

Purchase Approach to owner
3. 2003 EUL MS 263Ted Hughes (1930-1998), poet: bound autograph manuscript of his collection for children, Under the North Star.

1 bound ms volume (plus 3 books)

Purchase Dealer (Funded by own resouces & Grant FNL & MLA/V&A) )
4. 2005 EUL MS 272John Fairfax ((1930), poet / Arvon Foundation: co-founder of Arvon’s personal Arvon archive, c.1971-1991

7 small archival boxes

Purchase Approach to owner
5. 2005 EUL MS 50 Add 3Charles Causley, poet, (1917-2003) / Frances Bellerby, poet.(1899-1975): literary papers, final instalment from Causley’s personal archive.

35 medium sized boxes of literary mss; c25 boxes of signed, annotated books with letter enclosures

Bequest Offer from owner

For further information or enquiries please contact the University of Exeter Library direct.

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