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Creator:
De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956
Title:
Walter de la Mare Letters to Olive C. Jones
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/nk322d39t
Dates:
1927-1956
Size:
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists primarily of letters by British novelist and poet Walter De la Mare to Olive C. Jones, his secretary during the 1930s and, later, editor of Methuen's children's books.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of letters by De la Mare to Olive C. Jones, his secretary during the 1930s and, later, editor of Methuen's children's books. Included are 192 autograph and typed letters, notes, and postcards. The earliest letter in the collection is actually from Colin de la Mare, written on 5 Oct.1927, on his father's behalf, giving Ms. Jones the train schedule for her first visit to Taplow to meet De la Mare on 8 October 1927. De la Mare's first letter (13 Oct. 1927) is a request that Jones begin work on Monday the 31st. The subsequent letters concern all manner of personal and professional matters including De la Mare's work, answering correspondence, local and family news, his own and Jones's health, research projects, travel plans, Jones's editorial advice, her contribution to the production of anthologies De la Mare was compiling, mutual friends, the Second World War, book reviews, old age, books De la Mare is reading, his ideas on writing, and many other subjects.

Also present are a few letters relating to De la Mare written by other correspondents, including R. N. Green-Armytage, Elfrida de la Mare, and E. N. Saxton (signed "N"), a qualified nurse who helped bring De la Mare back to health after a stroke in the late 1940s and subsequently became his friend and companion during the last years of his life; a TLS from Olive Jones to De La Mare; two "Book Token" Christmas cards inscribed by the poet; a copy of the Order of Service for "The Burial of Walter De la Mare O.M., C.H., 1873-1956" held at St. Paul's Cathedral, 28 June 1956; and "Alas," an autograph poem by De la Mare, 10 lines, n.d.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged chronologically by year.

Collection Creator Biography:

De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956

Walter De la Mare was a British novelist and poet.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from David J. Holmes in 2002 (AM2002-133).

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Walter de la Mare Letters to Olive C. Jones; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/nk322d39t
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1