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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.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sitwell family letters and manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--293-24/6/80; 293-22/09/80; 293-17/11/80 (Gift of Winifred Myers, 1982); 297-9/02/81; 297-13/04/83. Date of acquisition--06/24/80. Accession number--M-80-06-24.
Edith Sitwell letter to Charles Ede: Source of acquisition--293 (Maggs Bros. Ltd.). Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--07/27/92. Accession number--M-92-07-27.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical 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.