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Victoria Sackville-West papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 222

Content Description

The collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, personal papers, photographs, and artwork by or relating to Victoria Sackville-West, Lady Sackville, her daughter Vita Sackville-West, and other members of the Sackville-West family. Correspondents include Victoria's husband Lionel Sackville-West, Edwin Lutyens, Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson, and Edward VII. The collection also includes third-party letters to Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson, and Nigel Nicolson. The bulk of the legal papers relate to a trial concerning the Sackville-West inheritance and Knole House, the family home. Artwork includes sketches by Edwin Lutyens, Harold Nicolson, and Nigel Nicolson.


  • 1865 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Victoria Sackville-West 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 Joan Winterkorn on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2017.


Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1889-1984. II. Legal papers, 1865-1936. III. Personal papers, 1872-1952. IV. Photographics, artwork, and clippings, 1908-1970.

Related Materials

Vita Sackville-West Papers (GEN MSS 925), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Harold Nicolson Papers (GEN MSS 614), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


11.68 Linear Feet ( (21 boxes))

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Victoria Sackville-West

Victoria Sackville-West, Lady Sackville, (1862-1937), was the daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville and a Spanish dancer known as "Pepita de Oliva." Victoria married her first cousin, Lionel Edward Sackville-West, 3rd Baron Sackville, in 1892. Their daughter was the poet, novelist, and gardener Vita Sackville-West, who was married to British politician and writer Harold Nicolson.

Guide to the Victoria Sackville-West Papers
by Beinecke staff
December 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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