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Adams, R. mss., 1968-1984

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Adams, Richard, 1920-

Adams, R. mss., 1968-1984

Collection No.
LMC 1006

2000 items

Materials are in English.

The Adams, R. mss., 1968-1984, collection consists of the papers of publishing firm Rex Collings Ltd. relating to the publication of several novels by author Richard Adams, primarily Watership Down.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Richard Adams is an English writer best known for the novel Watership Down (1972).

Scope and Content Note

Most of the papers concern the bestselling children's classic Watership Down (1972), including correspondence, contracts, publicity and production materials, royalty statements, clippings, a radio script, and materials regarding the illustrated edition and the film. There also is a press release and clipping for his The Girl in a Swing (1980); a contract with Penguin Books for The Plague Dogs (1977); and production materials, a press release, and contract materials with Penguin Books for Shardik (1974), as well as correspondence relating to all three of these titles: in particular is a letter from Adams to Rex Collings dated Apr. 29, 1977 concerning a perceived attack on civil servants and parliamentarians in The Plague Dogs. In a July 3, 1973 letter to Collings, Adams discusses the concept and imagery behind the story of Shardik.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1991
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], Adams, R. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Correspondence: 1968-1984 

(32 folders)

Bulk of correspondence pertains to Watership Down. Also includes correspondence regarding The Ship's Cat, Shardik, and The Plague Dogs.

The Girl in a Swing

Press release and clipping.

The Plague Dogs

Copy of contract with Penguin Books.


Production material; press release; contract materials with Penguin Books; Theoria to theory, v. 10, no. 1 (1976),  containing two articles about Shardik

Watership Down

Agreements and contracts

(4 folders)

Illustrated edition

Production materials

Publicity and sales

Watership Down (continued)

Radio script


(7 folders)



Richard Adams, miscellaneous materials

Rex Collings, Ltd., miscellaneous materials