Literary manuscripts, correspondence, and publications of Will Foster

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Foster
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1888-1942
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      6 boxes, 50 notebooks, 4 printed books, 1 galley proof, and 4 photographs; manuscript, typescript, printed material, and photographs.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 20 play typescripts; (2) Poems in typescript; (3) The Jolly Friar, a light opera; (4) Correspondence, 96 letters in 5 envelopes together with 68 reviews and other items in 3 envelopes; (5) Manuscripts of plays (23 notebooks), verses (19 notebooks), and religious writings (8 notebooks); (6) 4 of his own publications; (7) A galley proof of 'What Thomas said', by himself and L. Foster; (8) 4 photographs, 2 of his parents and 2 of himself and Archbishop C.G. Lang.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Dunn Foster (1864-1955), better known as 'Will Foster', was a Yorkshire poet and playwright.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The gift of F.G. Foster, Esq., F.R.G.S., F.R.S.A. on 7 October 1957.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

The letters are listed in the Letters database

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