Spike Milligan Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Before his death in 2002 Spike Milligan gave to St John’s College Oxford the manuscripts of around 30 works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including his five volume Second World War biography. The collection totals around 4,500 leaves of manuscript, typescript and illustrative material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Milligan, Terence Alan [Spike] (1918–2002), comedian and author, one of the key creative forces who transformed post-war British comedy, bringing irreverence, surrealism and the absurd to popular culture. He wrote best-selling fiction, memoirs, poetry and children’s literature, just under half of which is represented in some form in this collection of manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact the Librarian, library@sjc.ox.ac.uk, to make an appointment

Archivist's Note

Prepared by the Library