W. Somerset Maugham collection
Scope and Contents
This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to W. Somerset Maugham, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The W. Somerset Maugham Collection 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
Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Type of accession (gift or purchase) and date of acquisition is noted in the box-and-folder list. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
3.8 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
Contains letters from Maugham to various people, including William Morris Colles, Ada Leverson, Charles Hanson Towne, and Donald Goddard Wing; manuscript and proof versions of writings by Maugham, including "Ashenden, or the British agent", "Lady Frederick", and "On a Chinese Screen"; and an etching of Hugh Walpole hitting Elinor Mordaunt in the jaw.
This finding aid was produced from previously existing cards in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, it has been noted in the box-and-folder list. This finding aid will be updated periodically to account for new materials that may be added to the collection. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been added since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.
- Ashenden, or, the British agent
- Authors, English -- Archives
- Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926
- Lady Frederick: a comedy in three acts
- Leverson, Ada, 1862-1933
- Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965
- Mordaunt, Elinor, 1877?-1942
- On a Chinese screen
- Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949
- Walpole, Hugh, 1884-1941
- Wing, Donald Goddard, 1904-1972
- Guide to the W. Somerset Maugham Collection
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff
- June 1997
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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