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Lola Gornall papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2715

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, drafts of writings, clippings, photographs, and printed material documenting the life and work of Australian writer Lola Gornall, and in particular her relationship with the American writer Zane Grey. The bulk of the collection consists of extensive correspondence from Grey between 1933 and 1938, and includes some letters written in a private code. Drafts of Gornall's writings include three collections of verse for children, including "Sing a Song of Sydney" and "New Zealand Nursery Rhymes," as well as a group of poems titled "King's Cross Nights". The collection also includes correspondence from others, clippings documenting Gornall's career, a family bible, and books inscribed to her by Zane Grey and other writers. Zane Grey's engagement calendar for 1935 is also present.

Dates

  • 1883-1945

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Lola Gornall 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 Serendipity Books on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2002.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Zane Grey correspondence, 1933-1938. II. Writings, 1923-circa 1945. III. Other papers, 1883-1939.

Extent

6.5 Linear Feet (7 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.gornall

Overview

The collection contains correspondence, drafts of writings, clippings, photographs, and printed material documenting the life and work of Australian writer Lola Gornall, and in particular her relationship with the American writer Zane Grey. The bulk of the collection consists of extensive correspondence from Grey between 1933 and 1938, and includes some letters written in a private code (a key created by the dealer is present). Drafts of Gornall's writings include three collections of verse for children, including "Sing a Song of Sydney" and "New Zealand Nursery Rhymes," as well as a group of poems titled "King's Cross Nights". The collection also includes correspondence from others, clippings documenting Gornall's career, a family Bible, and books inscribed to her by Zane Grey and other writers. Zane Grey's engagement calendar for 1935 is also present.

Lola Gornall (1884-1969)

The writer Lola Sydney Gornall was born in Sydney, Australia, on January 24, 1884, to Peter and Alice Hardman Gornall, proprietors of The Suburban Times, Redfern, Sydney. She had one sister, Olive Agnes Gornall Clough. Lola Gornall was a poet and a drama critic, and a member of the Australian Journalists Association. Her poems were published in a variety of periodicals and anthologies, chiefly in Australia and New Zealand, in the early twentieth century.

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. The collection received basic rehousing at the time of acquisition in 2002. Some further arrangement, rehousing, and description were carried out in 2012.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection by the dealer, and from an initial survey of the contents. The arrangement of the correspondence in Series I was carried out by the dealer and has not been further refined.

Formerly classed as Uncat MSS 319.
Title
Guide to the Lola Gornall Papers
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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Location

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Opening Hours

Access Information

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