Strachey Papers

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence, 1929-1975 and undated, of Julia Frances Strachey, including diaries, notebooks, manuscripts and typescripts, 1929-1975 and undated; letters to Julia, 1924-1956 and undated, the writers including Dora Carrington; letters to Stephen Tomlin and Julia, 1923-1930 and undated, the writers including Lytton Strachey; correspondence between Stephen Tomlin and Julia, 1930-1931; correspondence between Julia and Lawrence Gowing, 1939-1971 and undated, and other letters to Julia, 1952-1967 and undated; personalia, including a copy of a divorce certificate, 1967, a will, 1971, a business diary, 1971, an appointment diary, 1974, passports, and an undated address book; postcards and photographs, largely undated, mainly miscellaneous works of art but also including Lytton and Oliver Strachey, Dora Carrington, and Stephen Tomlin; a scrapbook, 1932-1971, mainly comprising press cuttings including reviews of Strachey's novels, with a few miscellaneous letters inserted.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1901; daughter of Oliver Strachey and his first wife Ruby Mayer, and niece of the critic and biographer Lytton Strachey; a writer, but published few books during her lifetime; wrote sketches and stories for 'New Writing', 'New Statesman' and 'New Yorker'; married firstly Stephen Tomlin (d 1937) and secondly the artist (Sir) Lawrence Gowing (Slade Professor of Fine Art at University College London, 1975-1985; d 1991), 1952; divorced, 1967; died, 1979. Publications: 'Cheerful weather for the wedding' (1932); 'The man on the pier' (1951).


The papers are divided into sections comprising correspondence (Ref: A-E) and personalia and photographs (Ref: F-H).

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

The papers were presented to University College London by Professor Sir Lawrence Gowing in three accessions, one in 1983 and two in 1985.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available on the online catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some papers are in a fragile condition.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission for publication should be sought from the literary executor.


The papers were extensively used for 'Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey, by herself and Frances Partridge' (Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1983).