Papers of Major OA Forsyth-Major

Scope and Content

The collection contains typescripts of plays and other literary works and a large correspondence with authors such as JM Barrie, Arnold Bennett, John Buchan, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, John Masefield, William Somerset Maugham and George Bernard Shaw.

Administrative / Biographical History

Major Forsyth-Major was a prolific but unsuccessful writer who wrote under many different noms de plume including John Beverley, Don Beverley, Guy Beverley, Barry Macdonald, Ian Mac, Ivor McIvor, Randolph Major, and Maxim Major. The only work by him to achieve publication was a collection of lectures entitled Elements of tactics (1916).


U DFM/1 Literary works, 1910 - 1969

U DFM/2 Correspondence, 1905 - 1965

U DFM/3 Genealogical material, 1609 - 1964

U DFM/4 Photographs and images, 1591 - 1961

U DFM/5 Miscellaneous, 1746 - 1956

U DFM/6 Charles Immanuel Forsyth Major, 1843 - 1971

U DFM/7 George Bernard Shaw, 1914 - 1963

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Other Finding Aids

Entry in Modern English literature and drama subject guide

Custodial History

Donated by the Treasury Solicitor, 1979