Papers of Edward John Thompson (1886-1946)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. c. 5273-368, c. 5783, d. 2642-704, e. 2915-31; Photogr. c. 57-9
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      180 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of correspondence, with some literary papers. The outline arrangement is as follows:  

  • General correspondence, 1905-46, arranged alphabetically
  • Literary papers, 1902-48, including drafts of early poetry, manuscripts of unpublished works, working papers for Rabindranath Tagore; his life and work, and papers relating to a report on the political climate in India for the Rhodes Trustees
  • Printed papers, 1894-1950, consisting mainly of newspaper reviews of Thompson's works arranged alphabetically by title
  • Personal and financial papers, 1886-1945, including Thompson's war diaries, 1914-19, publishers' contracts, and photographs
  • Family correspondence and papers, 1848-1962, including correspondence and papers of Elizabeth Thompson (Thompson's mother), including letters to her son; and correspondence and papers of Theodosia Thompson (Thompson's wife), including further correspondence with the publishers of E.J. Thompson's works

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward John Thompson (1886-1946) was a writer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by E.P. Thompson in 1992 and 1995.


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

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue is available in the Library.

Related Material

See also the Papers of Theodosia Thompson (MSS. Eng. e. 3030-45).

Geographical Names