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Lesley Blanch papers

 Collection
Call Number: OSB MSS 202

Scope and Contents

The Lesley Blanch Papers contain correspondence, photographs, artwork, and printed material by Lesley Blanch or pertaining her life and work. Also included are personal and business papers related to her writings and estate, as well as a small amount of audio and born digital material.

Dates

  • circa 1850-2011

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 17 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 18 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Lesley Blanch Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bookblast LTD., on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2016.

Arrangement

Organized into seven series: I. Correspondence, circa 1950s-2009. II. Photographs, 1907-2013. III. Personal Papers, 1960-2008. IV. Business Papers, 1945-2009. V. Printed Material, 1850-2008. VI. Audiocassettes, circa 1944-1998. VII. Electronic Media, circa 2001-2011.

Extent

12.5 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.blanch

Overview

The Lesley Blanch Papers contain correspondence, photographs, artwork, and printed material by Lesley Blanch or pertaining her life and work. Also included are personal and business papers related to her writings and estate, as well as a small amount of audio and born digital material.

Lesley Blanch

Lesley Blanch (1904-2007) was an English writer, historian, artist, and traveller. Her works and journeys focused on Russia and the Middle East. She began her career as an artist, studying painting at the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. She later became a journalist, serving as the features editor of British Vogue from 1937 to 1944. Her first book, The Wilder Shores of Love, was published in 1954. Over the course of her life, she wrote 12 books, and a posthumous collection of her memoirs was released in 2015. She was married to Robert Alan Wimberley Bicknell from 1930 to 1941, and to French novelist Romain Gary from 1945 to 1962.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Lesley Blanch Papers
Author
by Kristen E. Muenz
Date
July 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.