Papers, chiefly correspondence, by and relating to John Gray. This collection includes approximately two hundred letters to and from Gray's family, friends and acquaintances. Topics covered include literature and literary criticism, Gray's poetry, Gray's anthropological research, the commissioning of artwork for St. Peter's Church, Edinburgh, and a Toy Exhibition held Edinburgh's Outlook Tower which was organised by Gray in 1907. Many letters are of a social nature and include arrangements to visit and discussions of mutual acquaintances. Gray appears to have been in the habit of sending copies of his newly-published works to his friends and family, and many letters were written to thank him for these and for other gifts.
Chief correspondents in this collection include the poets Gordon Bottomley and Pierre Louÿs and Gray's niece, Coralie Tinklar. Other correspondents include historian and printer H.P.R. Finberg, artist Charles Haslewood Shannon, academic W.P. Ker, poet Ernest Dowson and art critic Félix Fénéon.
Also included in the John Gray collection is a series of letters and papers relating to the John Gray commemorative edition of the Aylesford Review (Vol. 14:2 1961), edited by Reverend Brocard Sewell, and papers relating to a publication entitled Frederick Rolfe and Others: A Miscellany of Essays on John Gray, Henry Williamson, Ronald Firbank, André Raffalovich, and Frederick Baron Corvo (St. Albert's Press, for the Aylesford Review, 1961).
Brocard Sewell corresponded extensively with Gray's youngest sister, Sister Mary Raphael, O.S.B., in preparation for the commemorative issue, and went on to produce a biography of Gray: Footnote to the Nineties: a Memoir of John Gray and André Raffalovich (London: Woolfe, 1968). The extensive biographical information provided by Sister Mary Raphael appears in Sewell's Footnote to the Nineties. Sewell's work also draws on letters from Gray to his friend Frances Langdale, photocopies of which can be found with the series of papers relating to Gray (JHG/3).