Plowman Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Max Plowman, including letters to and from Plowman; and manuscripts and notebooks including publications, drafts of works, typescripts of plays, poems, articles and addresses, newspaper articles, and diaries. There are also papers of Dorothy Lloyd Plowman, including correspondence, poems, prose, and writings on Max Plowman and on family relationships.

Administrative / Biographical History

Max Plowman was born on 1 September 1883 at Northumberland Park, Tottenham, and was educated at various private schools. From 1937 to 1938 he was Secretary of the Peace Pledge Union. He was the Editor of 'The Adelphi' from 1938. He wrote four books of verse and 'War and the creative impulse' in 1919; 'Introduction to the study of Blake', 1927; 'A subaltern on the Somme (by Mark VII)', 1928; and 'The faith called pacifism', 1936. Plowman married Dorothy Lloyd Sulman in 1914 and had one son. Plowman died on 3 June 1941.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of the collection is closed

Acquisition Information

Part of the collection was presented by Piers Plowman (son of Max and Dorothy), in September 1982.

Other Finding Aids

Draft handlist