Contents and Arrangement

Domestic Pensées, 2004

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection documents the writing and publishing career of Stuart Mills, with materials spanning the 1950s to 2006. Materials pertaining to Mills' work as a poet include his published and unpublished writings in both poetry and prose, and consist of notebooks, scrapbooks, diary entries, manuscript and typescript drafts, notes, and drawings. Materials concerning his work as a small-press publisher include correspondence; mockups and layouts of issues, including annotations on typeface and design; drafts of compositions, fragments, and notes; publicity ephemera, such as clippings, newsletters, and brochures; photographs; and in some cases, the copies of the issues themselves. During the operation of Aggie Weston's in particular, are materials (mostly correspondence) concerning the funding difficulties that the press had after the East Midlands Arts and Arts Council of Great Britain pulled its funding. Overall, the bulk of the collection consists of correspondence; there is correspondence throughout the collection, in addition to the correspondence series. Even within Mills' writings and notebooks, he includes drafts of letters he wrote to his correspondents. Many of Mills' correspondents were poets, artists, editors, typographers, authors, literary critics, and publishers with whom he collaborated, or who had contributed to his publications, but a large amount of the correspondence is to and from Simon Cutts and Ian Hamilton Finlay. A small amount of correspondence is more business-oriented and concerns the libraries, bookshops, and individuals who subscribed to or purchased his publications. The collection also contains a small amount of photographic prints depicting the Midland Group Gallery in Nottingham; Stuart Mills' sculptural works; Ian Hamilton Finlay's property at Stonypath; John Blakemore still-lifes; and various portraits and events.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Photocopies of the Ian Hamilton Finlay notebook in the "Domestic Pensées" series were discarded, as the collection contains the original notebook.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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.

Special Requirements for Access:

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.

Credit this material:

Domestic Pensées; Stuart Mills Papers, C1654, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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