Lady Ottoline Morrell Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88886
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000040.0x00011a
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      114 volumes

Scope and Content

Letters, diaries and journals of Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell née Cavendish-Bentinck, literary hostess and patron of the arts, 1873-1938 from the Goodman collection; Partly transcripts.


  • her letters to Lytton Strachey, 1910-1931, and to Philippa Strachey, 1932;
  • miscellaneous notebooks 1896–1937;
  • engagement diaries 1905-1937, with diaries of her husband Philip Edward Morrell, 1930-1938;
  • early travel journals, 1901-1904;
  • journals kept between 1907–1938;
  • visitors' books, 1907-1938.

As well as reflecting her role as a liteary and political hostess the journals and notebooks also reflect her religious faith, and interest in music, literature, painting, and her travels.


Arranged as follows:

Access Information


Not Public Record(s)

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the Goodman family, 31 July, and 1 September 2003

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