||Summary of English PEN and PEN International Records:
||Group 1: 131 document boxes; accessions R4101, R5841/R5842, R8286 (purchases,
1968-1978); span dates 1921-1952. Records of the founding English PEN centre and
International, chiefly general correspondence spanning 1921 to 1952 from the files
of founder Catherine Amy Dawson Scott and Hermon Ould, the first International
secretary (1926-1951). The correspondence documents the day-to-day activities
organization along with numerous other files for annual PEN International Congresses
and other meeting and events, committees, membership, prizes awarded, PEN
publications, and financial records.
||Group 2: 33 cartons; accession R12143 (purchase, 1990); span dates 1951-1973. Records
of PEN International Secretary David Carver (and his assistants), containing
extensive files of correspondence with PEN’s worldwide centres, together with
extensive documentation, including texts of addresses and resolutions, of the
International Congresses, 1951-1973.
||Group 3: 64 cartons; accession R15188 (purchase, 2003); span dates 1912-2002 (bulk
1976-1997). In large part, this accession comprises the files of Josephine
Pullein-Thompson, who was the general secretary of the English PEN centre from
to 1993 and who also served as its president from 1994-1997. Some earlier records
are also present, as well as files begun by earlier officials (Herman Ould, David
Carver, Peter Elstob) and carried forward by Pullein-Thompson.
||Group 4: 3 document boxes, 2 cartons; accession 2009-07-006-G (gift, 2009); span
dates 1970-2003. Chiefly English PEN centre financial papers and related
correspondence, membership cards, and general information documenting the centre’s
activities and projects, 1970-2003.
||Group 5: 17 cartons; accession 2015-12-018-P (purchase, 2015); span dates 1941-2008.
Chiefly membership files of the English PEN centre (14 cartons) and records of
Writers in Prison Committee (3 cartons), 1941-2008.