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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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.


Organized into the following series:

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-171; B-001582; B-001583