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PEN archive

Identifier: 1984-004

Scope and Contents

Approximately 28,300 letters addressed to the London Centre of the PEN Club complemented by carbon copies of approximately 23,200 letters from the General Secretaries and their respective assistants. The correspondence spans roughly the years 1940 to 1980, bridging Herman Ould's administrative command which ended wih his death in 1951, the years 1951-1974 in which David Carver was International Secretary, Tresurer, and General Secretary of the London Centre, and more recentlly Pater Elotob's administration.

The papers are arranged into two series: Correspondence, consisting of approximately 61,500 handwritten, typed, and carbon copy typed letters and cards between various authors and the London Centre of English P.E.N. General Secretaries and their assistants. Also included are handwritten, typed, and carbon copy typed drafts of poems, talks, and essays as well as publication announcements and press cuttings; and Adminstrative papers. Readers may wish to refer to P.E.N. The Early Years. 1921-1926 by Marjorie Watts (Archive Press, 1971).


  • Creation: 1932 - 1983

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader. 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 Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright.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.


68 Linear Feet (101 boxes)

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Physical Location

Collection shelved at off-site storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown

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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
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