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Louis MacNeice:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: MacNeice, Louis, 1907-1963
Title: Louis MacNeice Collection
Dates: 1916-1977, undated
Extent: 22 boxes (9.24 linear feet), 1 oversize box (osb), 3 galley folders (gf), 2 oversize folders (osf)
Abstract: Manuscripts of poetic and dramatic works, a large number of notebooks, and some correspondence document the life and work of British writer Louis MacNeice.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-02632
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
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Administrative Information

Processed by: Joan Sibley and Richard Workman, 2017 Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

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Scope and Contents

Manuscripts of poetic and dramatic works, a large number of notebooks, and some correspondence document the life and work of British writer Louis MacNeice. All periods of MacNeice's life and work are represented, but most of his outgoing correspondence is from his school years at Sherborne Preparatory School, Marlborough College, and Merton College, Oxford.
Most of the papers were purchased by the Ransom Center from collector T. E. Hanley, primarily in 1964, but also in 1958 and in a later acquisition; other material was subsequently acquired from MacNeice family members.
Two boxes of materials that were acquired in 2013 (Acquisition 13-11-002-P) included material that had previously been on loan at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. These materials have been arranged in this finding aid according to the Ransom Center's usual procedures, but the folders have also been marked with their previous box and folder numbers in parentheses on the right edge, for the convenience of users who may have worked with them at the Bodleian.
Researchers interested in the correspondence may find especially useful a letter from MacNeice's sister, Elizabeth Nicholson, in which she supplies identifications for many of his correspondents.

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