Correspondence of D.H. Lawrence, 1903-1930, in the D.H. Lawrence Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence from D.H. Lawrence to various individuals on family, personal and literary matters. Correspondents include Rosalind Baynes, Dorothy Warren, Rev. R. Reid, Walter de la Mare, Dolly Radford and Marie Hubrecht.

Correspondence from Lawrence is also present within other sub-groups of the Lawrence Collection; in particular, significant numbers of letters can be found within the Papers of Louie Burrows (La B) and the George Lazarus Collection (La Z).

Administrative / Biographical History

This is an artificial grouping of letters and postcards written by D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) to various family members, friends and acquaintances. They were brought together when accessioned by the Library. The collection includes some separate series of correspondence with individuals. Lawrence correspondence which naturally belongs within a larger archive group has not been moved to join the La C group, but can be found in its appropriate context (see e.g. within La Z).


The correspondence is arranged primarily by date of acquisition; material within separate series is in chronological order.

Access Information

Access to surrogate copies is available to all registered readers. Readers requiring access to the original papers must seek permission in advance.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

Typescript Catalogue, 10 pp

At the National Register of Archives, London:

Typescript Catalogue, 10 pp

On the World Wide Web:

Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. This electronic catalogue supersedes, and is more detailed than the typescript catalogues, and users are advised to refer to the online catalogue in preference to the printed versions.

Custodial History

The first items were acquired by the University of Nottingham in the 1960s. The collection continues to grow from different sources as opportunity allows. Further provenance information is supplied at lower levels of description.


Boulton, J.T. (ed), 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence', (Cambridge University Press, 1979-1996) passim.