Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Correspondence, 1940-2010

9 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series primarily consists of correspondence sent to Frank Kermode, and occasionally manuscripts, typescripts, poems, and some printed material. In addition, there are three boxes of correspondence from Frank Kermode to Anita Kermode, along with five folders of miscellaneous and unidentified correspondence to Kermode.


Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by last name. The three boxes of correspondence from Frank Kermode to Anita Kermode are arranged by year, as are the five folders of miscellaneous and unidentified correspondence, with the undated correspondence at the end (box 25). Correspondence from Series 7 has been integrated into pre-existing folders alphabetically by name, with the remaining folders by name filed in box 26.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on December 20, 2006. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on January 11, 2007 and updated by Sylvia Yu in April 2011. Additions were made in June 2009 (AM 2009-77) and April 2011 (AM 2011-66).

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.

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:

Series 2: Correspondence; Sir Frank Kermode Papers, C1149, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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