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David Alan Richards Collection of Rudyard Kipling

Call Number: GEN MSS 1143

Scope and Contents

The David Alan Richards Collection of Rudyard Kipling consists of material by and relating to English author Rudyard Kipling. There are autograph and typescript letters, signed, from Kipling to others as well as some third-party letters relating to Kipling or the collection. Correspondents include Edward Bok, Ladies Home Journal, Sir Philip Burne-Jones, Moncure D. Conway, C. S. Jarvis, John Lockwood Kipling, A. E. W. Mason, H. Cotton Minchin, S. S. McClure Company, E. W. Stoddard, and others. Writings include a corrected typescript draft of Kipling's first novel, The Light that Failed (1890), an autograph manuscript draft and illustrations for The Princess in the Pickle-bottle, and autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of a number of poems. In addition, there are illustrated works by Kipling's father, John Lockwood Kipling, and a bibliography of Kipling's work. Other papers include scrapbooks, consisting chiefly of clippings, photographs, postcards and other printed ephemera, artwork, and memorabilia relating to Kipling.


  • 1869-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1894 - 1936


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The David Alan Richards Collection of Rudyard Kipling 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

Gift of David Alan Richards, 2004-2022.


Organized into eighteen groupings: May 2004 Acquisitions, February 2005 Acquisition, October 2008 Acquisition, November 2008 Acquisition, October 2009 Acquisition, November 2010 Acquisition, September 2011 Acquisition, November 2013 Acquisition, August 2014 Acquisition, November 2014 Acquisition, October 2015 Acquisition, December 2016 Acquisition, July 2017 Acquisition, September 2019 Acquisition, September 2021 Acquisition, March 2022 Acquisition, November 2022 Acquisition, and November 2022 Acquisition.


15.23 Linear Feet ((26 boxes) + 8 art, 1 broadside)

Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Catalog Record

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

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the English author, was born in Bombay, India, on 30 December 1865, to John Lockwood Kipling, professor in the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art in Bombay, India, and his wife, Alice (Macdonald) Kipling. Kipling was sent to England at the age of five, where he boarded and schooled until he took a job at a newspaper, the Civil and Military Gazette, in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1882. He started publishing stories in the 1880s while working at the Gazette and later at the Pioneer. He returned to England briefly in 1889 and then travelled and settled in the United States for several years. He continued to write prolifically during the 1890s, and by the time he returned to England in late 1896, he was already very well-known. In 1902 Kipling settled at "Bateman's" in Burwash, East Sussex, where he resided until his death on 18 January 1936.

Additional biographical information can be found in standard print and online sources.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing in 2015, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified by month and year of acquisition.

Descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are 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 processing.

Former call numbers: Uncat Ms Vault File, Uncat MSS 743, Uncat MSS 1047, Uncat MSS 1236, Uncat MSS 1255, and Uncat MSS 1292.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

David Alan Richards Collection of Rudyard Kipling
Beinecke staff
3 February 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

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