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Jean Rhys archive

Identifier: 1976-011

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts relating to colonial writer and author of Wide Sargasso Sea: drafts of stories, letters to, from and about her; sound recordings; reviews of her books; interviews with and articles about her.

Jean Rhys (1890-1979) had two intensely creative periods in her career as novelist and story writer; the first from about 1920 to 1935 and the second from about 1950 until her death in 1979. Apart from her published work, few records of the earlier period are known to survive. This collection, while it includes some items from the earlier period, documents the second period in some detail. The collection, assembled from several sources, contains drafts of Rhys' work, substantial correspondence to, from, and about her, sound recordings, a variety of printed material, reviews, taped interviews, articles about her and editions of her published works. The correspondence includes letters from Francis Wyndham, Selma Vaz Dias, Olwyn Hughes, Oliver Stoner (E. Morchard Bishop) and Joan Forman.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1991
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1949 - 1979


These materials are in English and French.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader. Physical access to the exercise notebooks is restricted, however photocopies have been provided.

Use and Copyright

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 Unpublished manuscripts, photographs, recordings, etc.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

Biographical / Historical

Jean Rhys (August 24, 1890 - May 14, 1979), was born Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams in Roseau, Dominica.


15 Linear Feet (30 boxes, 1 oversized folder)


The collection has been artificially organized into four series: Series 1: Writings, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Photographs, and Series 4: Personal papers.

Physical Location

Shelved on 3rd floor, 5th floor Vault, and 5th floor oversize racks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Jean Rhys archive
Milissa Burkart
2005 March
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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
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