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Collection Level Description: Papers of Kenneth Grahame

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. c. 379-81, c. 720-3, d. 524-37, d. 1098-1102, e. 480-2, e. 1132-4, f. 174-6, f. 639-41
Title: Papers of Kenneth Grahame
Dates of Creation: 19th-20th cent.
Extent: 38 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was an author and the Secretary of the Bank of England. He married Elspeth Thomson in 1899. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers and letters of Kenneth Grahame, his wife Elspeth and his sister-in-law Winifred Hope Thomson, including papers relating to The Wind in the Willows, correspondence with publishers, letters from Grahame to his wife, and photographs of and by Winifred H. Thomson.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The papers were left by Elspeth Grahame to her brother Courtauld, Baron Courtauld-Thomson, in 1946.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought from the Dorneywood Trust in 1961.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43834-71.

Related Units of Description

See also Manuscripts of Kenneth Grahame.

Publication Note

The papers were used in P.R. Chalmers, Kenneth Grahame: life, letters and unpublished work (London, 1933) and in P.M. Green, Kenneth Grahame: a biography (London, 1959).

Access Points

Authors | 19th century

Authors | 20th century

Childrens literature | 20th century

Grahame | Elspeth S | 1862-1946

Grahame | Kenneth | 1859-1932 | Author and Secretary of the Bank of England

Thomson | Winifred Hope | fl 1884-1943 | artist

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