Guide to the Garnett Collection

Collection Title: Garnett Collection
Dates: 1882-1966
Bulk Dates: 1891-1928
Identification: MS3
Creator: Garnett, David, 1892-1981
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Garnett collection of correspondence spans three generations of the Garnett family, consisting of more than 700 pages of correspondence written to Richard (1835–1906), his son Edward (1868–1937), and Edward's son David (1892–1981). Authors of these letters include H.E. Bates, E.M. Forster, Leslie Stephen, Richard Curle, Liam O'Flaherty, Henry Williamson and H.G. Wells. Although the collection of correspondence spans nearly eight decades, from 1882 to 1966, the bulk of the letters were written between 1891 and 1928.
Acquisition Information: The purchase of the Garnett Collection from Hamill & Barker, Inc. in 1971 was made possible through a larger fund established in memory of Kenneth Farwell Burgess (1887–1965), a trustee of Northwestern University from 1931–1959.
Separated Materials: Presentation copies of books from David Garnett's library have been cataloged with other Special Collections monographs, primarily in the 20th Century English Collection; a list of these books can be found in the Garnett folder in the department's Collections File.Additional material connected with the Garnett family can be found in the Hamill & Barker Collection and in the general manuscript files under Norman Douglas and Edward and Richard Garnett.
Conditions Governing Use: Copyright for materials resides with the literary executors of individual letters. All users must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Conditions Governing Access: Available for research.
Preferred Citation: Garnett Collection, Manuscript Series III, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library.
Repository: Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Biographical/Historical Information

Richard Garnett (1835–1906) worked at the British Museum for 50 years, and became Keeper of Printed Books; he was the author of many biographies, histories of Italian and English literature, verse translations of European poetry, and a poet in his own right.

His son, Edward (1868–1937), was a publisher's editor for over 50 years. He recognized the literary talents of such authors as Stephen Crane, Robert Frost, Sinclair Lewis and Ernest Hemingway, and was able to get their work published in England. Edward Garnett was also the friend and advisor of such writers as Joseph Conrad, W.H. Hudson, John Galsworthy, D.H. Lawrence, W.H. Davies, and T.E. Lawrence.

David Garnett (1892–1981), Edward's son, became an author and wrote eleven novels as well as his autobiography; he edited the letters of T.E. Lawrence and the novels of Thomas Love Peacock. He and Francis Birrell started a bookshop; he helped found the Nonesuch Press and the publishing firm of Rupert Hart-Davis.

Scope and Content

The Garnett Collection consists of more than 700 pages of correspondence written to members of the Garnett family, Richard (1835–1906), Edward (1868–1937) and David (1892–1981). Authors of these letters include H.E. Bates, E.M. Forster, Leslie Stephen, Richard Curle, Liam O'Flaherty, Henry Williamson and H.G. Wells.

The correspondence in the Garnett Collection reflects the careers and friendships of these men. Another important part of the collection is the correspondence of John Maynard Keynes to Vanessa Bell, the mother of David Garnett's second wife, Angelica Bell. This group of nearly 80 letters shows Keynes' affection for Vanessa as well as his admiration of her talents.

The original, corrected typescript of George Bernard Shaw's “The Peace Conference” (c. 1918) is also included in the collection. These articles were written during the conference and were later published as Peace Conference Hints by Constable in 1919.

Arrangement of Materials

The correspondence in the Garnett Collection has been arranged first by recipient, then alphabetically.

Subjects

Personal Name

Bell, Vanessa, 1879-1961

Curle, Richard, 1883-1968

Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970

Garnett, David, 1892-1981

Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937

Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906

Keynes, John Maynard, 1883-1946

Manhood, H. A. (Harold Alfred), 1904-

Mitchison, Naomi, 1897-1999

O'Flaherty, Liam, 1896-1984

Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950

Stephen, Leslie, 1832-1904

Williamson, Henry, 1895-1977


Container List / Contents

  • Correspondence to Richard Garnett
    • Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904) 11 ALS 24pp.Box 1, Folder 1
    • Sir John Strachey (1823-1907) 1 ALS 3pp.Box 1, Folder 2
    • Lady Jane Strachey 5 ALS 15pp., 1895-1903Box 1, Folder 3
    • Sir Richard Strachey (1817-1908) 3 ALS 11pp., 1891-1892Box 1, Folder 4
  • Correspondence to David Garnett
    • Richard Curle (1883-1968) 1 TLS 1p., 1966Box 1, Folder 5
    • Kathleen Farrell 3 ALS 6pp., 1950-1952Box 1, Folder 6
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1920-1964Box 1, Folder 7
        Scope and Contents: Typescript copy of letter from T.E. Lawrence to E.M.F. dealing with unpublished story by E.M.F., “Dr. Woolacott”, 12/21/1927, 9pp. With AN to H.H. Banbury on 2/26/28. All sent to David Garnett.
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1920-1964Box 1, Folder 8
        Scope and Contents: Typescript copy of letter from T.E. Lawrence to E.M.F. dealing with unpublished story by E.M.F., “Dr. Woolacott”, 12/21/1927, 9pp. With AN to H.H. Banbury on 2/26/28. All sent to David Garnett.
    • Robert Graves (1895- ) 1 ALS 1p., c. 1919Box 1, Folder 9
    • John Middleton Murry (1889-1957) 1 ALS 2pp., 1954Box 1, Folder 10
    • Kate Perugoni 1 ALS to (Frances) Birrell 1p., 1920Box 1, Folder 11
    • Bruce Rogers (1870-1957) 1 ALS 3pp., 1938Box 1, Folder 12
    • Siegfried L. Sassoon (1886-1967) 4 ALS 6pp., 1938-1952Box 1, Folder 13
    • T.H. White (1906-1964) 1 ALS c. ? 2pp., 1954Box 1, Folder 14
  • Correspondence between Vanessa Bell and John Maynard Keynes
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 15
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 16
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 17
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 18
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 19
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 20
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 21
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 22
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 23
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 24
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 25
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 26
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 27
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 28
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 29
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 30
    • E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 48 ALS 78pp., 1916-1945Box 1, Folder 31
    • Vanessa Bell to J.M.K. 1 ALS 1p., 1945Box 1, Folder 32
    • Jack W. Hill 1 ALS 4pp., 1931Box 1, Folder 33
    • J.M.K. to Duncan Grant 1 ALS 4pp., 1921Box 1, Folder 34
    • Lydia Lopokova Keynes to Vanessa Bell 1 ANS 1p. 1 ALS ? 2pp., 1940, 1922Box 1, Folder 35
    • George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) “The Peace Conference” 67pp.Box 1, Folder 36
        Scope and Contents: TMsS with corrections by Ann M. Elder, Shaw's secretary Peace Conference Hints, London, Constable, 1919. 108pp.
  • Correspondence to Edward Garnett (1868–1937)
    • Adams , Eldridge L. 1 ALS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 1
    • Aubry, Georges Jean (1882-1950) 8 ALS/TLS 13pp., 1925-28Box 2, Folder 2
    • Ayscough, Florence Wheelock (1878-1942) 2 TLS 2pp., 1927-28Box 2, Folder 3
    • Babb, James Tinkham 4 ALS 14pp., 1928Box 2, Folder 4
    • Bates, H.E. (1905-1974) 12 ALS 23pp., 1926-28Box 2, Folder 5
    • Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931) 2 TLS 2pp., 1927Box 2, Folder 6
    • Booth, Charles 1 ALS 3pp., 1896Box 2, Folder 7
    • Breal, Auguste 4 PCS 4pp., 1904-06Box 2, Folder 8
    • Bussy, Simon 1 PCS 1p., 1910Box 2, Folder 9
    • Campbell, Mary (Mrs. Roy) 1 ALS 1p., 1927Box 2, Folder 10
    • Campbell, Roy (1901-1957) 2 ALS 2pp., 1924Box 2, Folder 11
    • Canny, James R. 1 TLS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 12
    • Jonathan Cape, Ltd. 1 TLS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 13
    • Caufman, Elizabeth 1 ALS 3pp., 1925Box 2, Folder 14
    • Chesson, Wilfrid Hugh 10 ALS 20pp., 1927-28Box 2, Folder 15
    • Clemens, Cyril (1902- ) 1 ALS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 16
    • Conrad, Jesse 4 ALS 10pp., 1924-25Box 2, Folder 17
    • Curle, Richard (1883-1968) 24 ALS/TLS 52pp., 1924-28Box 2, Folder 18
    • Davies, Rhys (1903- ) 1 ALS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 19
    • Davies, W.H. (1871-1940) 2 TLS 2pp., 1926-28Box 2, Folder 20
    • DeLaMare, Richard 4 ALS 8pp., 1927-28Box 2, Folder 21
    • Ede, Harold Stanley (1895- ) 1 ALS 3pp., 1928Box 2, Folder 22
    • Fausset, Hugh l'Anson (1895- ) 1 ALS June 27th 2pp.Box 2, Folder 23
    • Fletcher, John Gould (1886-1950) 2 ALS 2pp., 1922-26Box 2, Folder 24
    • Ford, Ford Madox (1873-1939) 1 TLS 5pp., 1928Box 2, Folder 25
        Scope and Contents: re: relationship with Joseph Conrad
    • Forster, E.M. (1879-1970) 14 ALS 19pp., 1907-31Box 2, Folder 26
    • Freeman, Kathleen (1897- ) 1 ALS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 27
    • Garnett, Constance (1826-1946) 1 ALS 4pp., n.d.Box 2, Folder 28
    • Garnett, David (1892- ) 7 ALS ? 15pp., 1926-35Box 2, Folder 29
    • Garnett, Edward ALS to Henry Williamson 2pp. re: Lawrence's “Tarka”, with TLS from Putnam's on same page ALS to “Miss Roberts” 2pp., 1928, 1926Box 2, Folder 30
    • Garnett, Edward ALS to Henry Williamson 2pp. re: Lawrence's “Tarka”, with TLS from Putnam's on same page ALS to “Miss Roberts” 2pp., 1928, 1926Box 2, Folder 31
    • Garnett, Martha [Roscoe] (Mrs. R.S.) 1 ALS 3pp., 1926Box 2, Folder 32
    • Garnett, Olive 5 ALS 13pp., 1926-27Box 2, Folder 33
    • Garnett, R.S. 2 ALS/TLS 3pp., 192628Box 2, Folder 34
    • Garnett, Ray (Mrs. David) 1 ALS 1p., 1926Box 2, Folder 35
    • Graham, R.B.C. (1852-1936) 6 ALS 30pp., 1903-35Box 2, Folder 36
    • Graves , Robert (1895- ) 4 ALS/ACS 6pp., 1922-28Box 2, Folder 37
    • Guthrie, James Joshua 2 ALS 3pp., 1927Box 2, Folder 38
    • Hamilton, James 5 ALS 12pp., 1926-28Box 2, Folder 39
    • Havens, Munson 3 ALS 7pp., 1925Box 2, Folder 40
    • Henderson, Walter Brooks 1 ALS 1p., 1928Box 2, Folder 41
    • Hogarth, David George (1862-1927) 7 ALS 13pp., 1926-27Box 2, Folder 42
    • Hogarth, W.D. 2 ALS 5pp., 1928Box 2, Folder 43
    • Hunt, Violet (1866-1942) 1 ALS 5pp., 1928Box 2, Folder 44
    • Ingpen, Roger (1868-1956) 1 ALS 1p., 1927Box 2, Folder 45
    • James, John C. 3 ALS 12pp., 1927-28Box 2, Folder 46
    • Jones, Thomas (1870- ) 2 ALS/TLS 2pp., 1927-28Box 2, Folder 47
    • Kallas, Alice 1 ALS, 3pp., 1927Box 3, Folder 1
    • Keating, Georges T. (1892- ) 5 TLS, 7pp., 1927-1928Box 3, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: re: his Conrad collection
    • Lawrence, Arnold Walter (1900- ) 6 ALS, 9pp., 1926-28Box 3, Folder 3
    • Lucas, Edward Verrall (1868-1938) 1 ALS, 1p., 1927Box 3, Folder 4
    • MacCormack, Gibson 1 ALS, 1p., 1928Box 3, Folder 5
    • Manhood, Harold Alfred (1904- ) 32 ALS/TLS, 66pp., 1928-29Box 3, Folder 6
    • Marsh, Sir Edward Howard (1872-1953) 3 ALS, 6pp., 1928Box 3, Folder 7
    • Marwood, Arthur 2 ALS, 6pp., [c1914]Box 3, Folder 8
        Scope and Contents: re: Joseph Conrad
    • Maynard, Robert Ashwin 3 ALS/TLS 4pp.Box 3, Folder 9
    • Mejroz, R.L. 2 ALS, 3pp., 1928Box 3, Folder 10
    • Mickle, Alan Durward (1882- ) 1 ALS, 1p., 1929Box 3, Folder 11
    • Miller, R.G. 1 ALS, 2pp., 1928Box 3, Folder 12
    • Mitchison, Naomi Haldine (1897- ) 17 ALS/TLS, 21pp., 1926-29Box 3, Folder 13
    • Monkhouse, Allan Noble (1858- ) 6 ALS, 10pp., 1924-28Box 3, Folder 14
    • Morley, C. 1 ALS, 2pp., 1926Box 3, Folder 15
    • Murry, John Middleton (1889- ) 1 ALS, 1p., 1927Box 3, Folder 16
    • Nisbet, C.R. (Mrs.) 2 ALS, 16pp., 1925Box 3, Folder 17
    • O'Faolain, Sean (1900- ) 1 TLS, 2pp., 1926Box 3, Folder 18
    • O'Flaherty, Liam (1897- ) 10 ALS/TLS, 18pp., 1926-28Box 3, Folder 19
    • O'Flaherty, Topsy 1 ALS, 4pp., 1926Box 3, Folder 20
    • Pinker, James B. 1 TLS, 1p., 1926Box 3, Folder 21
    • Poel, William (1852-1934) 1 ALS, 2pp., 1913Box 3, Folder 22
    • Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur (1863-1944) 1 TLS, 1p., 1925Box 3, Folder 23
    • Ray, Joseph 1 ANS, 1p., 1926Box 3, Folder 24
    • Read, Herbert Edward (1893- ) 4 ALS, 5pp., 1927-28Box 3, Folder 25
    • Rhetts, M. 1 ALS, 2pp., 1922Box 3, Folder 26
    • Rhys, Jean 1 ALS, 2pp., n.d.Box 3, Folder 27
    • Rice, David J. 2 ALS, 5pp., 1926, 1928Box 3, Folder 28
    • Richardson, Dorothy Miller (1873-1957) 1 ANS, 1p., 1923Box 3, Folder 29
    • Russell, Dora 1 TLS, 2pp., 1928Box 3, Folder 30
    • Salkin, Celia 1 TLS, 1p., 1928Box 3, Folder 31
    • Salt, Henry Stephens (1851-1939) 1 ALS, 2pp., 1928Box 3, Folder 32
    • Sassoon, Siegfried (1886-1967) 1 ANS, 1p., n.d.Box 3, Folder 33
    • ScottBox 3, Folder 34
      • Scott, Mrs. C.A. Dawson 1 ALS, 2pp., n.d.Box 3, Folder 34
      • Scott, C.P. (Manchester Guardian) 1 TLS, 1p., 1927Box 3, Folder 34
    • Settergren, Anna 1 ALS 1p., 1926Box 3, Folder 35
    • Shahani, Ranjee Gurdarsing (1904- ) 4 ALS 6pp., 1928Box 3, Folder 36
    • Sinclair, May 1 ALS 2pp., 1923Box 3, Folder 37
    • Strachey, Oliver 2 ALS 10pp., 1927Box 3, Folder 38
    • Thomas, Helen Noble 3 ALS 8pp., 1926-27Box 3, Folder 39
    • Thorndike, Sybil (1882- ) 1 TLS 1p., 1926Box 3, Folder 40
    • Tomlinson, Philip 1 ALS 1p., 1926Box 3, Folder 41
    • Tracy, Henry Chester (1876- ) 2 ALS 3pp., 1926Box 3, Folder 42
    • Wells, H.G. (1866-1946) 1 ALS 1p., 1927Box 3, Folder 43
    • Whitaker, Mrs. Malachi 1 ALs 3pp., 1929Box 3, Folder 44
    • Williams, Alfred (1877-1930) 1 ALS 1p., 1912Box 3, Folder 45
    • Williams-Ellis, Amabel ( 1894- ) 4 ALS/TLS 8pp., 1926-27Box 3, Folder 46
    • Williamson, Henry (1897- ) 16 ALS/TLS 32pp., 1926-28Box 3, Folder 47
    • Woods, Margaret L. 1 ALS 2pp., n.d.Box 3, Folder 48
    • Yorke, Henry Green 20 ALS/TLS 37pp., 1926-28Box 3, Folder 49
    • Unidentified correspondents 11 ALS/TLSBox 3, Folder 50
        Scope and Contents: Catalog cards for most of the above correspondents are filed in the manuscript shelf list.