Diana Wynne Jones Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1840 DWJ
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1940-2011
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      16 archive boxes + books

Scope and Content

Archive created by Diana Wynne Jones during the course of her life and career as a writer. The collection contains stories and other compositions written by Jones when she was a child; draft material relating to 49 published works by Jones, including novels and short stories; draft material relating to numerous unpublished works, including plays, novels and poetry; correspondence and personal papers, including professional correspondence; drafts of articles and talks by or about Jones; and copies of some of Jones' published works, including some foreign language editions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Created by Diana Wynne Jones during the course of her life and career.


The collection is arranged into 6 sub-fonds/series as follows:

- DWJ/01 Juvenilia

- DWJ/02 Published work

- DWJ/03 Unpublished work

- DWJ/04 Correspondence and personal papers

- DWJ/05 Articles and talks

- DWJ/06 Printed books

Further information on the arrangement of each sub-fonds/series can be found at lower levels of the catalogue.

Access Information

Accessible to all researchers, by appointment only.

Archivist's Note

Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books, was established as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in 1996, with the aims of preserving, maintaining and adding to a growing and accessible collection of archival material, artwork and printed books relating to modern British children's literature. The collection is intended to form part of the national heritage in an archive and library of present and future historical interest for the public benefit. (See Memorandum of Association)

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in all original material resides with Diana Wynne Jones' estate.

Appraisal Information

The collection has been appraised, and all duplicate material removed.

Custodial History

Donated to Seven Stories by the creator in 2010. Some sorting and listing of the material was done by Diana Wynne Jones and her agent, Laura Cecil, prior to deposit.