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Robin Waterfield Papers

 Collection — Box: Boxes 1-2
Identifier: MS157
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.

Dates

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

Creator

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.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

2.00 Boxes

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.

Source of Acquisition

Ahasuerus the bookseller
Method of Acquisition Purchase
Title
Guide to the Robin Waterfield Papers
Author
Benn Joseph
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

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