Copies of Letters from Gissing and Others to Clara Collet

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 GRG/2/3/10/3
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [late 20th cent.]
  • Language of Material
      English  and some French
  • Physical Description
      203 pieces; 482 sheets.

Scope and Content

Photocopies of letters sent by George Gissing to Clara Collet between 1893 and his death in 1903, and subsequently by Edith Gissing and Gabrielle Fleury, arranged chronologically.

  • /1: 18 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 28 June 1893-17 December 1893 (31 sheets);
  • /2: 24 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 2 January 1894-26 December 1894 (49 sheets);
  • /3: 32 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 4 January 1895-18 December 1895 (62 sheets);
  • /4: 33 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 6 January 1886-27 December 1886 (62 sheets);
  • /5: 21 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 23 January 1897-26 December 1897 (53 sheets);
  • /6: 2 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 3 January 1898 and 10 February 1898 (7 sheets);
  • /7: 5 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 22 July 1899-29 December 1899 (12 sheets);
  • /8: 10 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 4 April 1900-27 December 1900 (19 sheets);
  • /9: 10 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 21 January 1901-6 August 1901 (22 sheets);
  • /10: 9 letters from Gissing to Collet, dated 10 January 1902-12 June 1903 (20 sheets);
  • /11: 5 letters from Edith Gissing to Collet, 21 June 1897-7 December 1897, and 1 letter from Ellen Gissing to Clara Collet, dated 8 August 1910 (14 sheets);
  • /12: 34 letters from Gabrielle Fleury (who later signs herself Gabrielle Gissing) to Collet, dated 1899-1913, some in French; the bundle includes a note entitled Letters from George Gissing to a Friend listing the principal events in Gissing's life from 1891 (131 sheets).

Administrative / Biographical History

Clara Elizabeth Collet (1860-1948) was a promoter of women's education, and she herself was one of the first women to have a distinguished career in government. She began her career in a teaching post at Wyggeston Girls' School in Leicester (1878-1885). In 1892 she became Assistant Commissioner to the Royal Commission on Labour, and subsequently Labour Correspondent and Senior Investigator at the Board of Trade (1893-1903; 1903-1917). She continued work with the Ministry of Labour until she retired in 1920. Collet was a close friend and correspondent of George Gissing from 1893 until his death in 1903.

Related Material

Original and copy letters between Gissing and Collet are held at the University of Warwick, Modern Records Centre, MSS. 29/3/1-5.