Percy Westerman Collection: published and unpublished work

Scope and Content

This collection contains the following items:

  • Books
  • Unpublished typescripts
  • Scrapbooks
  • Letters
  • Personal archives
  • Representative titles of Westerman Adventure stories

Administrative / Biographical History

Dennis Butts began the collection during the 1960s, when he began to think about the origins of the British Boys' Adventure Story. Despite being one of the most prolific and popular boys' authors of the first half of the 20th century there was very little avaliable information on Westerman or the number of works he wrote. This inspired Dennis to compile a checklist of known Westerman works and the collection was built from there.

Percy F. Westerman was a prolific writer of adventure stories between 1908 and 1959. The Collection comprises six typescripts and five scrapbooks containing material pertinent to his work. Representative published stories are included in the Collection.

Access Information

Acquisition Information

Collection deposited by Dennis Butts in 2007

Other Finding Aids

Full cataloguing of items completed. Search the Library Catalogue for individual items

Items also listed on University of Worcester Research Collections website

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

All materials can be handled.

Archivist's Note

Collection level description by Sarah Stretton, Graduate Trainee, University of Worcester.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs can be made according to copyright law and depending on the condition of the documents. A copyright agreement and an agreement covering reproduction must be signed.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with University of Worcester Research Collection's collection policy and depositor agreement.

Custodial History

Collection deposited with the University of Worcester Research Collections in 2007. Listed on University of Worcester Research Collections:


Further accruals are expected