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Norman Douglas Collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 88
Scope and Contents

The Norman Douglas Collection chiefly documents Douglas's writing career, personal life, and relationships with other writers and artists. Although the collection spans the years 1864-2000, the bulk of the papers fall in the period 1920-1980. The collection contains material created and accumulated by Norman Douglas, Kenneth Macpherson, Islay de Courcy Lyons, and Maurice Magnus. Material includes correspondence, writings, diaries, photographs, photograph albums, financial and business papers, personal effects, printed material, artwork, and a bronze sculpture.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Norman Douglas 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

I. 1968-1993 Acquisitions: This group is made up of a number of separate acquisitions received by the library from 1968 to 1993. The largest of these are the 1968 purchase of David G. Jeffreys's collection, purchased on the Beinecke Fund (Kitty Miller), and the 1972 and 1975 gifts of Kenneth Macpherson. A detailed list of sources for material in this collection is located in Box 1.

II. 1993-2003 Acquisitions: Acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on the folders. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

III. January 2008 Acquisition: Purchased from Elysium Press on The Edwin J. Beinecke Fund, 2008.

IV. August 2008 Acquisition: Purchased from Elysium Press on The Edwin J. Beinecke Fund, 2008.

V. August 2019 Acquisition: Purchased from Blackwell Rare Books on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2019.


Organized into five groupings: I. 1968-1993 Acquisitions, II. 1993-2003 Acquisitions, III. January 2008 Acquisition, IV. August 2008 Acquisition, and V. August 2019 Acquisition.

Material within this collection has been organized in groups reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.

Researchers should note that material within each group overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other groups. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each group described in the Collection Contents section.

Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each group, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.

1864 - 2000
Majority of material found within 1920 - 1980
27.72 Linear Feet ((65 boxes) + 1 art)
Related Names
Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952
Lyons, Islay, 1922-1993
Macpherson, Kenneth
Magnus, Maurice, 1876-1920
Language of Materials