Northwestern

Robin Waterfield Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS157

Dates

  • 1941-1999 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 11/30/2007 (Other)

Extents

  • 2.00 Boxes (Whole)
  • 2.00 Boxes (Whole)

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Subjects

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    The Robin Waterfield Papers consist of correspondence, financial materials, drafts of poetry and other writings, illustrations, publicity materials, and photographs.

    Folders 1-8 contain Waterfield's correspondence with Tambimuttu and financial materials concerning the revival of Poetry London/Apple Magazine.

    Folders 9-14 in Box 1 and 1-5 in Box 2 contain extensive Waterfield correspondence with Jane Williams and others, as well as other records concerning the compiling and publishing of the festschrift Tambimuttu: Bridge between Two Worlds.  This is following Tambi's death in 1983.

    Folders 6-14 in Box 2 contain records concerning Waterfield's role with Stanley Revell in planning the centenary exhibit celebrating T.S. Eliot, held at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford, in May, 1988.  Revell was widely considered to have one of the more complete collections of Eliot books, and Waterfield played a key role in selecting books to exhibit, publishing a keepsake volume for the event, and selling portions of Revell's collection in order to fund the exhibit.  Information is also included here concerning Revell's death and the subsequent sale of his remaining collection.  Revell's will is contained in the correspondence section.

    Folders 15-16 in Box 2 contain a small amount of personal letters and Christmas cards from Anne Ridler, with whom the Waterfields were close friends, as well as a copy of her book A Little Book of Modern Verse, with an introduction by Eliot.  Some letters, newsclippings, and a book from David and Judy Gascoyne are also included.

  • Abstract

    Robin (Robert Everard) Waterfield (1914-2002), worked for a series of publishers and booksellers early in his career, and in 1974 opened Robin Waterfield Ltd., an antiquarian bookshop.  Waterfield ran this bookshop until being forced to retire in 1980.  The Robin Waterfield Papers consist of correspondence, financial materials, drafts of poetry and other writings, illustrations, publicity materials, and photographs, and contains materials relating to Tambimuttu, Jane Williams, Stanley Revell, and T.S. Eliot.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Ahasuerus the bookseller

  • Method of Acquisition

    Purchase

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

Instances

  • Type
    Text
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    Boxes 1-2

Components