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Simonis, Henry
Henry Simonis Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists of three volumes of correspondence of British journalist Henry Simonis concerning his literary, wartime, and charitable activities.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of three volumes of correspondence, both sent and received, concerning Simonis's literary, wartime, and charitable activities. Letters span the years 1916-1919, and each volume is indexed, with correspondence filed alphabetically.

The first volume contains correspondence relating to his efforts to aid the British government in the dissemination of information to the public, the recruitment of workers for the war effort, and his appointment as Director of the Government Information Bureau. Correspondents include Neville Chamberlain, David Lloyd George, and Frances Stevenson.

The second volume also contains correspondence about various war work projects, and the third concerns Simonis's book The Street of Ink (1917), a history of Fleet Street, which he had begun as a series of newspaper articles. It includes correspondence with his publisher, Arthur Spurgeon of Cassell & Co., and letters from various newspaper editors, such as James Garvin, Lord Burnham, and Fisher Unwin, as well as congratulatory letters for the book.


Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Simonis, Henry

Henry Simonis was a British journalist and author who served as director of the Government Information Bureau during World War I.

Collection History

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012. Expanded by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Henry Simonis Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2