Manuscripts and Special Collections

Lawrence collections elsewhere

There are a number of other collections of Lawrence manuscripts, papers and correspondence held in other repositories and libraries in Britain and abroad, in particular in the United States of America.

Where appropriate an active link is supplied to the relevant institution. This does not necessarily indicate that full details of their Lawrence holdings will be available over the Internet.


In Nottinghamshire

  • Nottinghamshire Archives holds a collection of 33 letters of David and Frieda Lawrence, 1913-1933 and correspondence, 1910-1929.
  • There are also important collections of Lawrence's published works, papers and correspondence held by the Nottinghamshire Library Service at the Local Studies Library, Nottingham Central Library and also at Eastwood Library.
  • D H Lawrence - A guide to resources within the County of Nottingham provides links to all the major Lawrence-related resources in the county.


Elsewhere in the United Kingdom

  • The British Library holds Lawrence's correspondence with the Society of Authors, 1915-1928 and his letters to S.S. Koteliansky.
  • Birmingham University Library Special Collections holds his letters to F and J Brett Young, 1919-1921.
  • Lawrence's letters to E. M. Forster, 1915-1930 are held at Kings College Modern Archives Centre, Cambridge University.
  • Liverpool University Department of Special Collections and Archives holds 20 letters from Lawrence to Blanche Jennings and 4 manuscripts, 1908-1910.
  • Tate Gallery Archive, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG holds Lawrence letters to Anita Brackenbury, 1915-16.

Additional information on smaller collections can be found through the National Register of Archives .


In the United States of America

There are a large number of varied collections of Lawrence materials held by American Universities including:

  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin (printed books and manuscripts)
  • Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • State University College at Buffalo, New York State
  • Cornell University Libraries
  • Southern Illinois University Library
  • University of Chicago Library, Department of Special Collections
  • University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
  • Indiana University, Lilly Library
  • Harvard University, Houghton Library
  • Stanford University Libraries, Department of Special Collections
  • Yale University Libraries, Beinecke Library
  • University of Cincinnati Libraries, Archives and Rare Books Department
  • Columbia University Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • University of New Mexico Library, Special Collections Department, Zimmerman Library

Further brief details of these can be found through the National Register of Archives.

Finding Aids to American University Collections gives direct on-line access to the detailed finding aids to D H Lawrence holdings at University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles and Stanford University.

Repositories of Primary Sources provides links to most American University Library collections.


In Canada

  • University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (printed books and ephemera)


Published bibliographic sources including details of Lawrence collections

  • Location Register of Twentieth Century English Literary Manuscripts and Letters in the British Isles (British Library 1988) gives the locations of Lawrence collections in the British Isles.
  • A Bibliography of D H Lawrence by Warren Roberts and Paul Poplawski (3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2001). Section E. provides a detailed list of manuscripts of Lawrence works and their location world wide.

Published guides to specific collections include:

  • A Bibliography of the D H Lawrence Collection at Illinois State University compiled, described and annotated by Rodger L Tarr and Robert Sokan (1979)
  • The Freida Lawrence Collection of D H Lawrence Manuscripts: A descriptive bibliography by E W Tedlock Jr. (1948)


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