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Ian Hamilton Finlay Correspondence

Identifier: MS35

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence between Ian Finlay or his wife Sue Finlay and literary friends John Furnival and Derek and Peggie Stanford. Finlay collaborated with both Furnival and Stanford on several works, and letters describe those joint ventures, as well as Finlay’s other projects between 1968 and 1970. Finlay’s dispute with Fulcrum Press is also described in these letters, especially Stanford’s efforts to help Finlay by enlisting support from other authors. Stanford’s carbon copies of his side of the correspondence are included.


  • 1949 - 1970
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1968 - 1970


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.


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Poet Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas, but relocated to Scotland with his family as a child. This collection contains letters between Ian Finaly or his wife Sue Finlay and literary friends John Furnival and Derek and Peggie Stanford.


The Finaly correspondence is arranged in an approximately chronological order.

Related Materials

For Ian Hamilton Finlay published works in the McCormick Library see:

Eng F511 titles; for editions of The Dancers Inherit the Party, including the Fulcrum Press edition, see Eng F511d (1960, 1962, 1969).

Private Presses Wild Hawthorn.

Private Presses Wild Hawthorn Serial P82 (Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.), 22 pages.

Related Materials

The McCormick Library of Special Collections holds a large collection of Finlay’s published poems, cards, prints, and booklets, as well as the issues of Poor. Old. Tired. Horse., announcements of publications, and other items of ephemera.

Processing Information

Sigrid Pohl Perry, 1999.

Guide to the Ian Hamilton Finlay Correspondence
Sigrid Pohl Perry, 1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US