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Mitford, Nancy, 1904-1973.
Nancy Mitford Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of letters by Nancy Mitford, Britsth novelist and biographer, to Elizabeth Forbes, manager of the London bookstore G. Heywood Hill, Ltd.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of thirteen autograph letters and twenty-nine postcards sent by Nancy Mitford to Elizabeth Forbes. Most of the letters are postmarked from Versailles, France, and are addressed to "Miss Liz," or, The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street, London, where Forbes worked. There are two letters (1966) addressed to G. Heywood Hill, owner of the bookstore. In her letters Mitford invariably asks for Forbes' help with sending out copies of her books, with magazine subscriptions (for Gaston Palewski), with stationery---or thanks her for doing all of the above. In her later correspondence, Mitford mentions the pain she is suffering due to her illness. Included are copies of articles about the bookstore of G. Heywood Hill and about Mitford.


The letters are arranged by date.

Collection Creator Biography:

Mitford, Nancy, 1904-1973.

Nancy Freeman-Mitford was a British novelist and biographer. She is best known for her series of novels about upper-class life in England and France, including The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Don't Tell Alfred (1960). She also wrote four well-received, well-researched, popular biographies of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great.

Collection History


Gift of the Viscountess Eccles in honor of Richard M. Ludwig on December 9, 1996 (AM1997-59).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 13, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on August 14, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Nancy Mitford Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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