Papers of J.W. Lambert (1917-86)

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. c. 2289-355; Photogr. c. 14
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      68 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Lambert's papers consist of correspondence and working papers. The correspondence consists of nearly 3,000 letters, mainly from distinguished writers, performers and politicians. The working papers include notes and drafts for The Bodley Head Saki and The Bodley Head, 1887-1987; manuscripts of articles, reviews, broadcasts and lectures, and a small collection of Lambert's own poems and short stories.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jack Walter Lambert (1917-1986) was Assistant Literary Editor, 1948-60, Literary and Arts Editor, 1960-76, and Associate Editor, 1976-81, of the Sunday Times.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Some of the letters have been placed in a restricted category and are not available. See catalogue for further details.

Acquisition Information

The papers were purchased in 1988, with the support of the John S. Cohen Foundation and the Purchase Grant Fund administered by the Victoria & Albert Museum.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A cataalogue of the collection is avialable online at

Related Material

Eighteen printed books and a quantity of printed ephemera which originally formed part of Lambert's papers were transferred to the Department of Printed Books and to the John Johnson Collection, respectively.