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Lehmann, John, 1907-1987
Lehmann Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1649-1990 (mostly 1930-1975)
173 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-171; B-001582; B-001583


John Lehmann was an English author, poet, journalist, editor, and publisher. His papers consist of letters from his literary friends, the correspondence of his family since the nineteenth century, manuscripts of his publications, financial and domestic files, and personal memorabilia.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the extensive family papers of John Lehmann. Included are thousands of letters to him from friends and literary associates, such as E. M. Forster, Edith Sitwell, Harold Nicolson, William Plomer, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, Demetrios Capetanakis, and Alexis Rassine, and correspondence and papers of family members going back to the 1800s, including his grandparents, Frederick and Nina Chambers Lehmann, his parents, Rudolf and Alice Lehmann, and his sisters, Beatrix, an actress, and Rosamond, an author. Also present are autograph and typescript manuscripts for poems, articles, speeches, reviews, broadcast talks, and drafts for his autobiography; papers relating to the Hogarth Press and New Writing; many diaries and notebooks; business, financial, and domestic account files; personal documents; juvenilia; photographs, drawings, and paintings; memorabilia; amd printed matter.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Lehmann, John, 1907-1987

John Lehmann (1907-1987) was an English author, poet, journalist, editor, and publisher. He was founder and editor (1936-1950) of New Writing, manager (1938-1946) of Hogarth Press, founder and director (1946-1952) of John Lehmann, Ltd. (publishers), founding editor (1953-1961) of London Magazine, and visiting professor at various universities. He also wrote and edited numerous works, including Forty Poems (1942), The Age of the Dragon: Poems, 1930-1951, Edith Sitwell (1952), I am My Brother (1960), Demetrios Capetanakis, A Greek Poet in England (1947), and Shelley in Italy: An Anthology (1947).

Collection History


Purchased at a Sotheby auction from Christopher Edwards in 1993, from John Wilson Ltd. in 1993, from David Holmes in 1995, from John Wilson in 1995, and from David Holmes in 1995. Leather notebook of Frederick Lehmann is a gift of Guy Phillips. Diaries of R. C. Lehmann were a gift of Roland Philipps in 2021 (AM 2022-001).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz in 1996. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz in 1996.

A 2021 addition was added by Kelly Bolding in June 2021.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Lehmann Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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