The material received from the University of Sussex consists of six boxes, five of which contain texts of broadcasts made by Vernon Bartlett between 1928 and 1968 (most dating from the wartime and pre-war periods) in manuscript, typescript and printed formats. These include transcripts of The way of the world series for the BBC (with an index); broadcasts from various European cities 1932-1933; wartime news broadcasts to the U.S.A., to the Empire, to South America and to other areas; propaganda broadcasts to Germany, France, Scandinavia, Italy, Czechoslovakia and other areas during the war; despatches from Moscow 1941, and other broadcasts on foreign affairs and politics, many for the Overseas Service. The sixth box contains addresses 1935-1973; typescript and printed copies of articles published in various papers 1932-1961; around 100 items of correspondence 1933-1968, chiefly from politicians and diplomats; ephemera; a few memoranda 1939-1947; an album of news cuttings 1913-1919; a file of loose cuttings 1935-1973, and around 40 items of wartime propganda addressed to the German people, in English and German.
The remainder of the collection, acquired from Laurence Pollinger Ltd, consists chiefly of typescripts of Bartlett's books, articles, broadcasts, poems and short stories. Many are annotated, and some contain unpublished material. There are also news cuttings; diaries from his active service in 1915; reviews; manuscript stories and notebooks, and obituary notices. In addition there is some correspondence with literary and political figures.