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Gaither mss., 1955-1986

Papers, 1955-1986, of Mary Elizabeth Gaither at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda.

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Gaither, Mary E.

Title
Gaither mss.,1955-1986

Collection No.
LMC 2215

Extent
238 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Consists of correspondence and writings of Mary Elizabeth Gaither relating primarily to work on Leonard and Virginia Woolf and on the publications of their Hogarth Press. Additions to the collection include receipts and invoices, 1961-1969, for the purchase of Hogarth Press books.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Indiana University Professor Emeritus of English.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence and writings of Mary Elizabeth Gaither relating primarily to work on Leonard and Virginia Woolf and on the publications of their Hogarth Press. Additions to the collection include receipts and invoices, 1961-1969, for the purchase of Hogarth Press books.

The first folder of correspondence is between Leonard Woolf and Mary E. Gaither, 1955-1961. In 1961 Gaither interviewed Woolf and the notes for that interview are in the first folder of writings. The majority of the correspondence is from 1974-1986 and is primarily with book dealer and bibliogra­pher J. Howard Woolmer, first of Andes, New York, later of Revere, Pennsylvania. In 1976, Woolmer's A Checklist of the Hogarth Press, with a Short History of the Press by Mary E. Gaither, was published by the Hogarth Press in London and by Woolmer-Brotherton in the US. Work on the revised edition began in 1985 and was published in late 1986. In addition to "the Short History" present in the writings section, there are offprints of two articles that Gaither did for The Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 112, in 1991: "Hogarth Press" and "Nonesuch Press."

A few miscellaneous items at the end of the collection include a photographic copy of a portrait of Leonard Woolf that is in the National Portrait Gallery, and a group of news clippings about him, mostly from the 1960s.

Additions to the Gaither mss. include receipts and invoices, 1961-1969, for the purchase of Hogarth Press books by Mary Gaither. Her main source for her collection was British bookseller R.A. Brimmell, first located in Middlesex then in Sussex. Also present in this group is an exchange with American bookseller Robert A. Wilson relating to the purchase of Virginia Woolf’s Two Stories in 1965.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Indiana University --Faculty --Archives.
    • Hogarth Press.
    • Gaither, Mary E.
    • Woolf, Leonard, 1880-1969 --Correspondence.
    • Woolf, Leonard, 1880-1969.
    • Woolmer, J. Howard.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Gift, 1999, 2001.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Gaither mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Collection, 1955-1986 

Box 1
Folder 1

1955-1961.  Correspondence with Leonard Woolf

Box 1
Folder 2

1965-1974.  Correspondence – general

Box 1
Folder 3

1974-1986:  Correspondence re: Hogarth checklist and history, chiefly with J. Howard Woolmer

Box 1
Folder 4

Writings: interview with Leonard Woolf, 1961 

Box 1
Folder 5

Writings, re: Hogarth Press manuscript, 1968 

Box 1
Folder 6

Hogarth Press Bibliography, draft, ca. 1968 

Box 1
Folder 7

[Short history of Hogarth Press], and Appendix, 1976 

Box 1
Folder 8

Offprints: review of Hogarth Press checklist; "Hogarth Press" from DLB 112; "Nonesuch Press" from DLB 112

Box 1
Folder 9

Notes, pencil, re: Lytton Strachey / Virginia Woolf correspondence

Box 1
Folder 10

Photograph of portrait of Leonard Woolf

Box 1
Folder 11

Miscellaneous clippings and printed items.

Box 1
Folder 12

Receipts and invoices, for purchase of Hogarth Press books. 1961-1964 

Box 1
Folder 13

Receipts and invoices, 1965-1969