Guide to the Papers of Edward Thomas, 1896 - 1994Manuscript MS-958

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Edward Thomas, 1896 - 1994

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-958

Collection Dates:

1896 - 1994

Size of Collection:

7 Boxes (7 linear feet)

Abstract:

The Edward Thomas (1878-1917) papers include Edward Thomas' collection of books, handwritten and typed manuscripts, notes, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper and magazine clippings B.A.out Thomas' prose and poetry.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers document include Edward Thomas' collection of books, handwritten and typed manuscripts, notes, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper and magazine clippings B.A.out Thomas' prose and poetry. There are also some diaries, manuscripts/notes of Helen Thomas' work, Myfanwy (Ann) Thomas' articles B.A.out her parents, and correspondence of Helen Thomas and Ann Thomas.

Biography

Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was born in Lambeth in 1878 to Welsh parents. He was educated at Batteresea Grammar school and St. Paul's School, Hammersmith. At the age of 16, he met the critic James Ashcroft Noble, who encouraged him in his writing and arranged for the publication of several youthful essays. Edward and Helen, Noble's second daughter, were married in 1899 while Thomas was still an undergraduate student at Lincoln College, Oxford. They had a son, Merfyn Thomas, daughter Myfany Thomas. After leaving Oxford, they moved to Wandsworth and in 1901 moved to New Hampshire. In November 1916, he was given a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery, and counted on being off to France early in the following year. He was killed in April of 1917 near Arras while regulating the fire of a siege battery from an advance post.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1901-1989

Box 1 includes sixteen manuscript diaries, magazine articles, sheet music, photographs, audio cassette tapes, original unpublished poems, correspondence, maps, and manuscripts.

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Box: 2, Dates: 1901-1989

Box 2 contains diaries from 1925-1954, a canvas map of Cambridge, letters from Helen Thomas's grandchildren, press notices and letters to Myfanwy Thomas about "Time and Again" and "One of These Fine Days," assorted sketches, articles, poems, news clippings, Christmas cards, prayers, postcards, letters, brochures, and books of poetry, most of which contain articles, letters, notes inside the front covers.

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Box: 3, Dates: Ca. 1896-1990, undated

Box 3 contains "Eve's Journal for July 1939", Thomas' published essays, handwritten letters (ca. 1910-1932), handwritten and typed manuscripts of Helen Thomas and Ann Thomas, newspaper clippings of Helen Thomas' published essays, correspondence to Helen Thomas (ca. 1937-1978) and between Ann Thomas and Eleanor Farjeon (ca. 1956-1965), post cards addressed to Ms. Eleanor Farjeon 1913-1916, photographs of Edward and Ann Thomas, loose books and notebooks, 12 volumes of exercise books of Ramon Willey, with notes about his study of Adlest Rop, 5 volumes of "The Adelphi" 1924-1927, "The Bermondsey Book", and four copies of John O'London's Weekly, 1938-1940. q

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Box: 4, Dates: Ca.1903-1989

Box 4 contains handwritten and typed manuscripts and essays of Myfanwy (Ann) Thomas and Helen Thomas, proofs of Edward and Helen Thomas "A Visit To William Morris," "A Memory of W.H. Hudson," 2nd draft of Helen Thomas' "One of Their Fine Days," correspondence (ca.1903-1991), typed articles, newspaper and magazine clips, three albums, ca. 1923-1925, three volumes of home diary 1948, 1952, 1955, notebooks and Helen's collection of Christmas cards signed by Richard De La Mare and Charles Monteith (1950-1971).

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Box: 5, Dates: Ca. 1932- 1994

Box 5 contains poetry by Richard Gates and Peter Walton, Thomas' catalogue, pamphlets and booklets, articles, newspaper and magazine clippings, and books. There is also a collection of pamphlets and leaflets relating to the Edward Thomas 1937 Memorial stone and the Eastbury engraved window, 1971 and letters and cards (ca. 1950-1994) to Helen & Myfanwy Thomas, including an interesting letter from E. Farjeon about her relationship with Thomas.

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Box: 6, Dates: 1937

Box 6 contains newspaper clippings relating to the Edward Thomas 1937 Memorial stone.

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Box: 7, Dates: circa 1972

Contains galley proofs of Edna Langley's ‘Poems and Last Poems' by Edward Thomas.

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