Catalogue of the papers of Walter Edwin Peck and of his wife Marian Breckenridge Morrow Peck, 1894-1959

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2003; online catalogue 2009

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Table of Contents

A    Letters to Walter Peck, 1908-28, n.d.
B    Diaries of Marian Peck, [1913-20]
C    Letters from Walter to Marian Peck, 1921-34 (a few incomplete)
D    Miscellaneous papers

Papers of Walter Edwin Peck and of his wife Marian Breckenridge Morrow Peck, 1894-1959

Family correspondence and papers of Walter Edwin Peck (1891-1951), Shelley scholar, and of his wife Marian Breckenridge Morrow Peck (1892-1972).

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 4749-52, e. 2798-801

Extent: 8 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Family correspondence and papers of Walter Edwin Peck (1891-1951), Shelley scholar, and of his wife Marian Breckenridge Morrow Peck (1892-1972).


Given by their son, Raleigh Peck, 1993.

Personal names (NCA rules)

Peck | Marian Breckenridge Morrow | 1892-1972
Peck | Walter Edwin | 1891-1951 | Shelley scholar

Subjects (LCSH)

Diaries | 20th century

A   Letters to Walter Peck, 1908-28, n.d.

Letters to Walter Peck from his parents, Charles E. Peck and Mary Fortune Peck of Ashtabula, Ohio, 1908-28, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4749
Extent: 202 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 160, 166-7, 194) three letters to Marian Peck, 1916-28, one letter to Walter from his younger brother Charles Peck, Jr., [1909]
  • (fol. 156v) a poem drafted by Walter on the back of a letter of 1915

B   Diaries of Marian Peck, [1913-20]

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. e. 2798-801

Scope and Content:

Typed fair copies, illustrated with photographs and news-cuttings (some later removed) and including poems by Walter Peck, transcripts of family letters, and accounts of theatre- and film-going. Uniform red half-leather bindings with gilt spines, by Morley of Oxford, 1921

Vol. I. 11 Sept. 1913-14 March 1915, at Wooster, Ohio
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2798
Extent: iv + 183 leaves

Scope and Content:

Courtship, marriage (26 Aug. 1914) and early married life; with (fols. 167-76) table of contents. Covers distorted by damp.

Note: Vols. II-III wanting.

Vol. IV. 1 Nov. 1917-31 Oct. 1918, at New Rochelle, N. Y.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2799
Extent: iv + 189 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 165-77v) an illustrated plot-summary of the film The Forbidden City, starring Norma Talmadge.

Vol. V. 1 Nov. 1918-29 Oct. 1919, at New Rochelle, N. Y., and (from Sept. 1919) Oxford, England
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2800
Extent: xvi + 316 pages

Scope and Content:

With (pp. 243-53) table of contents.

Vol. VI. 1 Nov. 1919-31 Oct. 1920, in Britain, mostly at Oxford
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2801
Extent: xii + 334 pages

Scope and Content:


  • (pp. 152, 198-201, 203-4, 206-7, 293) encounters with Robert Graves and Edmund Blunden
  • (pp. 210-70) a summer holiday to Scotland and the Lake District
  • (pp. 304-13) table of contents

C   Letters from Walter to Marian Peck, 1921-34 (a few incomplete)

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 4750-1

Scope and Content:

Includes descriptions of his trip to Oxford in June 1922 to collect his D. Phil. degree and of his subsequent continental tour, and occasional references to his contacts with Carl H. Pforzheimer over Shelley materials.

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4750
Extent: 183 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fol. 1) a postcard to his baby son, 1921
  • (fols. 2-3, 158, 182-3) three letters from Marian to Walter, 1921 and 1927

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4751
Extent: 66 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fol. 66) one letter of 1934.

D   Miscellaneous papers

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 4752

Miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1894-1959, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4752
Extent: 108 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-17) eleven letters from Walter Peck to his parents-in-law, Rev. & Mrs. Winfield S. Morrow, 1918-21, mostly from Oxford
  • (fols. 18-21) a letter from Marian Peck to their daughter Rosemary, 1957, discussing Walter's life and quoting reviews of his 1927 biography of Shelley, with a fragment from a similar letter of 1959 quoting two of Walter's poems of 1919
  • (fols. 22-43) letters to Walter or Marian from Waldo H. Dunn, their mentor at the College of Wooster, 1916-22, and from other miscellaneous correspondents, 1921-7
  • (fols. 44-65) poems by Walter, 1917-37 and n.d., many to Marian, a few in manuscript but mostly typed or duplicated
  • (fols. 66-9) a paper by Walter, 'Comparison of Brooke's Poem with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet', typed and handwritten, 1916
  • (fols. 70-4, 75-81) offprints of two pieces by Marian as printed in Wooster journals, 'Johnny' (a short story, 1913) and 'Oxford through American Eyes' (1920)
  • (fol. 82) an example of Walter's bookplate, n.d.
  • (fols. 83-101) news-cuttings and other printed ephemera, 1922-8 and n.d., including programmes of events at the College of Wooster
  • (fols. 102-8) seven photographs, 1894-1916 and n.d., including individual portraits of Walter and Marian

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