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Dorothy Richardson collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 302

Scope and Contents

Dorothy Miller Richardson, 1873-1957

(Mrs. Alan Odle)

The collection is divided into three series:


Letters by Dorothy Richardson

Letters to Dorothy Richardson

Letters by others, mostly about Dorothy Richardson



MSS and typescripts of Dorothy Richardson's works

MSS and typescripts of works about Dorothy Richardson


Clippings of articles by Dorothy Richardson

Clippings about Dorothy Richardson

Clippings about Dorothy Richardson's works

Clippings about other people connected with Dorothy Richardson

Legal agreements



  • 1889-1967


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Many materials have been microfilmed. Consult the Public Service Desk for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Dorothy Richardson 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

The Dorothy Richardson Collection was established in 1958 by the gift of letters, manuscripts, annotated books and photographs from her sister-in-law, Mrs. Rose Odle. Additional gifts have been made by Mrs. John Austen, Bryher, Bernice Elliott, John Cowper Powys, Mrs. Harold Tomkinson, and others.


4.2 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Correspondence by, to, and about Dorothy Richardson, with manuscripts of her short stories, articles and novels, as well as other writings about Richardson. Accompanied by clippings of articles by and about Richardson and her friends, legal agreements, and photographs. Principal correspondents include John and Ruby Austen, Bernice Elliott, Peggy Kirkaldy, Alan and Rose Odle, Phyllis Playter and John Cowper Powys, Henry Savage, and H. G. Wells.

Processing Information

About this Finding Aid: This finding aid, created before the advent of computer-generated files has been converted into a ASCII data file by means of scanning and Optical Character Recognition software. While attempts have been made to retain the complete information from the original document a number of format changes have been made to present the structure of this archive in accordance with current practice.

Guide to the Dorothy Richardson Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
September 2003
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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