Extensive correspondence to and from Britten.
The correspondents include many key figures of twentieth century music and culture, as well as people of lesser renown such as members of the local community, teachers, students, friends and fans.
The files include manuscript and typescript letters to Britten.
The letters from Britten include some manuscript letters in Britten's hand as well as photocopies of Britten manuscript letters. Letters from Britten are mostly typescript copy letters from Britten, his secretary or assistant. From the late 1940s onwards, Britten's secretary or assistant typed replies to many letters with Britten signing them.
All letters to and from Britten are catalogued by file, giving a list of all correspondents and dates covered.