Catalogue of the papers of Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, 1923-95

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Table of Contents

A    Correspondence and personal papers, 1923-95
    A.1  Correspondence, 1923-92
        A.1.1  General and family correspondence, mainly letters to Wedgwood, 1923-92, n.d.
        A.1.2  Miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-92, n.d.
    A.2  Personal papers
        A.2.1   Commonplace books, 1941-62
        A.2.2   Diaries, 1938-67
        A.2.3  Other papers, 1926-95
B    Literary papers, c.1956-83
    B.1  Papers relating to published works, c.1956-83
    B.2  Papers relating to 'The English Republic', 1960s
    B.3  Lecture notes and notes for articles, 1959-74
C    Printed material, 1931-90
    C.1  Press cuttings, 1931-90, n.d.
    C.2  Published articles and lectures, 1952-78

Papers of Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, 1923-95

Papers of Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-97), historian.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2105, c. 6829-41, d. 3386-97, e. 3330-43

Extent: 40 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, 1910-97, historian, see Who Was Who.

Scope and Content

Section A contains the correspondence and personal papers of Dame Veronica, including a group of letters written to her parents. Section B contains some of her working papers and provides an insight into how she carried out her research. These include notes and workings for some of her published works ( The King's Peace, The Trial of Charles I) but also detailed drafts of two unpublished works; one of which was to be the third in the Civil War series after The King's Peace and The King's War and was to be called 'The English Republic'. Section C contains printed material principally consisting of volumes of newscuttings with copies of Wedgwood's articles in Time and Tide, and off-prints of some of her articles and lectures. Several photographs were found in the collection, see MS. Photogr. c. 128, fols. 71-80.


Given on behalf of Dame Veronica by Miss Jacqueline Hope-Wallace, 1996 and 2000.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6829, fols. 1-2].

Wedgwood | Dame | Cicely Veronica | 1910-1997 | historian
Commonplace books

A   Correspondence and personal papers, 1923-95

A.1   Correspondence, 1923-92

A.1.1   General and family correspondence, mainly letters to Wedgwood, 1923-92, n.d.

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Bowen - Plumb
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6829
Extent: 246 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including letters from

  • (fols. 2-49) Elizabeth Bowen, 1949-72, n.d.
  • (fols. 63-5) Frances Cornford, 1956
  • (fols. 66-8) Cecil Day-Lewis and his wife, 1968, n.d.
  • (fols. 84-7) Sir Alec Guinness, 1969, n.d.
  • (fols. 89-92) Sir Philip Hendy, 1958, n.d.
  • (fols. 93-109) Ivon Hitchens, 1945-79, n.d.
  • (fols. 110-32) Leslie Hotson, 1955-72, n.d.
  • (fol. 142) Laurie Lee, 1960
  • (fols. 143-54) Rosamond Lehmann, 1953-78
  • (fols. 157-96) Rose Macaulay, 1945-58, n.d.
  • (fols. 197-209) Sir Desmond MacCarthy, 1945-52
  • (fols. 215-20) Charles Morgan, 1953-8
  • (fols. 234-7) Sir John Ernest Neale, 1961-70

Polanyi - Young
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6830
Extent: 275 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including letters from

  • (fols. 1-98) Michael Polanyi, 1947-71, n.d.
  • (fols. 141-83) G.M. Trevelyan, 1935-59
  • (fols. 189-99) John Dover Wilson, 1945-50
  • (fols. 200-16) Godfrey Winn, n.d.


  • (fols. 227-73) letters from Wedgwood to her parents, 1923-56

Photocopies of letters to Wedgwood, 1923-83, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6831
Extent: 154 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including letters from

  • (fols. 15-16) Joseph Conrad, 1923
  • (fols. 17-23) T.S. Eliot, 1949-59
  • (fols. 24-9) E.M. Forster, 1951-9
  • (fols. 31-51) Leslie Hartley, 1953-69
  • (fols. 63-6) Sir Compton Mackenzie, 1956-72
  • (fols. 67-72) Walter de la Mare, 1947-50
  • (fols. 73-6) Somerset Maugham, 1947, n.d.
  • (fols. 77-8) George Orwell, 1949
  • (fols. 79-130) William Plomer, 1949-69, n.d.
  • (fols. 131-3) Edward Sackville-West, 1946-51
  • (fols. 134-5) Victoria Sackville-West, 1959
  • (fol. 136) Siegfried Sassoon, 1948
  • (fols. 137-42) Edith Sitwell, 1948-57
Note: The original letters were sold to a dealer by Dame Veronica

A.1.2   Miscellaneous correspondence, 1946-92, n.d.

Letters to Wedgwood, 1946-92, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6832
Extent: 195 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 10-31) letters in response to the publication of The King's Peace, 1954-5
  • (fols. 108-23) letters congratulating Wedgwood on her awards, 1968-9
  • (fols. 143-57) letters in response to the publication of The Spoils of Time, 1984-5

A.2   Personal papers

A.2.1    Commonplace books, 1941-62

Commonplace book, 1941-62
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3330
Extent: 93 leaves, 42-91 blank

Commonplace book, 1944, 1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3331
Extent: 83 leaves, 29-83 blank

Scope and Content:

Including (fols. 14-28) history quotations, 1960

Commonplace book, 1945, 1954-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3332
Extent: 81 leaves, 13-81 blank

Scope and Content:

Contains notes on style and vocabulary

A.2.2    Diaries, 1938-67

Diary, Jan.-Aug. 1938
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3333
Extent: 72 leaves, 37-69 blank

Diary, 1948
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3334
Extent: 56 leaves, 47-57 blank

Diary, 1949, 1950-1
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3335
Extent: 185 leaves, 78-183 blank

Diary, Oct. 1952-June. 1953
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3386
Extent: 138 leaves, 121-36 blank

Scope and Content:

Including (fols. 107-11) a description of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Diary, 1959, and Jan. 1960
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3336
Extent: 67 leaves

Diary, 1960, and (fols. 57-69) loose notes for Jan.-June 1961
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3387
Extent: 69 leaves

Diary, 1963
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3337
Extent: 116 leaves, 79-113 blank

Diary, July 1965-Aug. 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3338
Extent: 86 leaves, 75-86 blank

A.2.3   Other papers, 1926-95

Papers, 1926-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6833
Extent: 129 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-2) copies of Wedgwood's birth certificate, 1926, 1957
  • (fols. 3-27) passport, 1945-55
  • (fols. 28-71) typescript articles written about Wedgwood, 1945-95, including
    • (fols. 57-71) a talk by Conrad Russell, produced for BBC Radio 3, 1995
  • (fols. 78-81) typescript notes of a speech given by Wedgwood, proposing a toast to the 'Immortal Memory of William Shakespeare', 1960s

B   Literary papers, c.1956-83

B.1   Papers relating to published works, c.1956-83

Notebook for The King's War, c.1956-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6834
Extent: 109 leaves

Notebook relating to Poetry and Politics, c.1958-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3339
Extent: 75 leaves

Notebook on the Restoration, 1960s
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3340
Extent: 78 leaves

Notebook relating to The Trial of Charles I, 1960s
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6835
Extent: 94 pages

Duplicated typescript of a play by Wedgwood, To Die A King: The Trial and Execution of Charles I, with manuscript notes by Wedgwood; broadcast for the BBC Home Service, 1968
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6836
Extent: 32 leaves

Notebook relating to The Spoils of Time,1980s
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3388
Extent: 44 leaves

Drafts of chapters of The Spoils of Time, c.1980s
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3389
Extent: 184 leaves

B.2   Papers relating to 'The English Republic', 1960s

Scope and Content:

This was to be the title of the third volume in the Civil War series, following The King's Peace and The King's War.

Notebook for 1646-62
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6837
Extent: 96 leaves

Notebook for June 1647-Feb. 1649
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3341
Extent: 50 leaves

Notebook for 1647-53
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3390
Extent: 125 leaves

Notebook for 1654-60, containing notes for the projected fourth volume
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3391
Extent: 121 leaves, 10-38, 74-81 blank

Drafts of the introduction and chapters 1 to 4, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6838
Extent: 235 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 207-35) notes and bibliography for a projected work on the Counter-Reformation, n.d.

B.3   Lecture notes and notes for articles, 1959-74

Notebook for Bryn Mawr lectures, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3342
Extent: 71 leaves

Lecture notes and articles, 1959-74, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6839
Extent: 223 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-39) notes and essays on Friedrich Schiller, 1959, n.d.
  • (fols. 188-203) 'Some thoughts on History', 1970-4
  • (fols. 204-7) lecture on Oliver Cromwell, n.d.
  • (fols. 210-23) miscellaneous papers, with
    • (fols. 210-17) notes on the alleged marriage certificate of Prince Rupert, n.d.

C   Printed material, 1931-90

C.1   Press cuttings, 1931-90, n.d.

Scope and Content:

Most of the volumes include copies of Wedgwood's articles for Time and Tide

Presscuttings, 1935-52, pasted (and a few loosely inserted) into a 19th-cent. blank volume
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3392
Extent: 242 pages, 179-228 blank
Binding: brown morocco, gilt, by R. Potter, binder, York; spine missing, boards detached

Presscuttings, 1946-56
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3393
Extent: i + 32 pages

Scope and Content:

With (fol. i) an index of 'principal contents'

Presscuttings, 1946-57, mostly 1953-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3394
Extent: 112 pages
Binding: calf, blue cloth sleeve, with white plastic letters 'C V W' tied to front part of sleeve

Scope and Content:

Including (pages 109-10) index to the Time and Tide articles which appear in the volume

Presscuttings relating to the publication of Last of the Radicals, 1946, 1951-2, pasted into an unused printed diary
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3343
Extent: 152 pages, 132-45 blank
Binding: green morocco, gilt, by Fortnum & Mason

Scope and Content:


  • (pages 77-131) letters (including some copies) commenting on the book, 1951
  • (pages 147-8) index to the printed reviews
  • (pages 149-50) index to the written comments

Presscuttings, 1952-90, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6840
Extent: 73 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 14-53) reviews of The Spoils of Time, 1984-6, with
    • (fols. 50-3) letters of congratulation to Wedgwood from her literary agent, 1985-6
  • (fols. 57-69) reviews of History and Hope, 1987-9

Presscuttings, 1957-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3395
Extent: 100 pages

Presscuttings, 1959-62
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2105
Extent: 63 pages

Presscuttings, 1962-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3396
Extent: 104 pages

Presscuttings, 1931, 1965-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3397
Extent: 56 pages, 34-55 blank

C.2   Published articles and lectures, 1952-78

Scope and Content:

Several of the pamphlets have manuscript dedications in them from Wedgwood to Richard Curle, and many are offprints or have been reprinted from a series volume.

Articles and lectures by Wedgwood, 1952-78
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6841
Extent: 19 items

Scope and Content:


  • (item 4) The Sense of the Past, The Leslie Stephen Lecture, 1957 (Cambridge, 1957)
  • (item 8) 'The scientists and the English Civil War', offprint from The Logic of Personal Knowledge, Essays presented to Michael Polanyi on his seventieth birthday, 11th March 1961 (London, 1961)
  • (item 15) Edward Gibbon (Writers and their work, 66, London, 1969)
  • (item 17) The English Civil War in perspective, 1st Sophia Lecture, 1978, (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1978)
  • (item 18) Civil War Battlefields 1642-6 (BBC, n.d.)

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