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Muriel Spark papers, 1957-1988

Identifier: 1983-003

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts, dead material, press cuttings and business correspondence of British writer and author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Masterfile note: The Muriel Spark papers consist of handwritten and typed manuscripts, dead material, and press cutting of reviews of Muriel Spark's major works dating from 1957-1988, as well as collected short stories and poetry. Business correspondence dating from 1942-1988 includes letters to and from Muriel Spark, her publishers, editors, and literary agents; people to whom she corresponded for research; two letters from her son, Robin; and a draft fragment of a letter from Muriel Spark to Graham Greene. Miscellaneous material includes draft book reviews; a transcript of an interview between Sara Frankel and Muriel Spark; draft obituary for Alfred Noyes; and various notes and unidentified draft fragments. Photographs are mostly publicity photos of Muriel Spark. Press cuttings are of articles about Muriel Spark and general subjects.

The Muriel Spark Manuscripts, housed in 86 document boxes, consist primarily of autograph and typescript manuscripts, dead pre-publication material, and press cuttings relating to her major works between 1957 to 1988. The collection includes some business correspondence dating from 1942 to 1988. The preponderance of the material within the collection was acquired from Howard Woolmer and Bertram Rota in 1983 and later, the last in 1990.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1988


These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader. Most of this material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.


43 Linear Feet (86 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

Physical Location

86 boxes shelved on 3rd floor, 2 oversize boxes shelved on 5th floor oversize racks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition




Muriel Spark papers, 1957-1988
Milissa Burkart
2016 April
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496