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Sitwell family letters and manuscripts, 1928-1978

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1163
Bib ID 4079339 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sitwell family
Title Sitwell family letters and manuscripts, 1928-1978
Physical Description 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language(s) English .

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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Various letters and manuscripts by and about Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969), Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), and Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-). There are 2 notebooks which Dame Edith Sitwell inscribed to Siegfried Sassoon containing drafts of her poem "Gold Coast Customs" as well as numerous other drafts of prose and poems.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sitwell family letters and manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Edith Sitwell letter to Charles Ede Cataloged HR 08/07/92.

Case with 2 notebooks was placed into the manuscript box of paper. 2019-07-31 kws

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Book jackets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Checks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indexes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Sacheverell, 1897-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women poets, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographic note

Dame Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964) was a poet and novelist. Known for her poetry and her books English Eccentrics and Fanfare for Elizabeth.

Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) wrote prose, poetry, short stories, and novels, including Before the Bombardment (1926). He wrote a five volume autobiography Left Hand Right Hand.

Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) wrote on art, architecture, ballet and travel. His Southern Baroque Art secured him a reputation as author and art historian.