Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

Location and Filing of Letters

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

Location and Filing of Letters

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The Monks House Papers collection is divided into letters and manuscripts, with the letters then being further divided into three parts: Letters I, Correspondence between Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Letters II, Correspondence of Leonard Woolf, and Letters III, Correspondence of Virginia Woolf. Letters III consists of 10 boxes, numbered 69-78, of letters written to Virginia Woolf. The first nine boxes are filled with alphabetically arranged folders, one folder to each known correspondent--the letters from Elizabeth Bowen, for example, are located in Box 70, Bosanquet-Cecil. The last box, Box 78, Correspondence of Various Persons re: Books, Articles, is divided into two main parts, "Letters from readers about VW's Books" and "Letters from agents, editors, publishers, etc." The "Letters from readers about VW's Books" are sorted into the following folders: Letters about specific books; Letters about Orlando; Letters about Roger Fry; Letters about A Room of One's Own; Letters about Three Guineas; Letters about To the Lighthouse; Letters about The Waves. The "Letters from agents, editors, publishers, etc." are divided into the following folders: Chambrun/Harpers concerning "The Duchess and the Jeweller"; Donald Brace; Letters about articles; Correspondence about publications; and three folders of fan mail labeled Letters about various books, Fan mail, and Miscellaneous fan mail. The labels and distinctions do not always seem accurate or consistent, but for the most part, they serve a useful organizational function. Two hundred and eighteen letters are filed in the Correspondence of Various Persons box, with 58 of those devoted to Three Guineas and 160 spread through the other folders.

As Anna Snaith has pointed out, Anne Olivier Bell, not Woolf, sorted the letters into those from known and unknown correspondents, and some anomalies result (WSA 6: 3); in fact, some correspondents appear in both locations. …

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