Diaries of George Bernard Shaw, 1885-1897, containing entries relating to his daily life in London during this period, mostly written in Pitman shorthand, with details of names, places, finances and petty expenses. The diaries provide and interesting insight into his personal life, various radical intellectual organisations in London, his professional journalistic work, and his attempts to create a successful writing career. Also included in the collection are five volumes of transcripts made by Shaw's secretary, Blanche Patch, [1946-1950].
SHAW, George Bernard, 1856-1950: Diaries
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
For a full biography, see the description for the Shaw business papers (Ref: Shaw).
Each volume contains a year's diary entries.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection has been microfilmed and the originals withdrawn from public use for preservation purposes. The microfilm must be used. Apply to Archivist for originals.
Other Finding Aids
Printed handlist available.
Alternative Form Available
Microfilm made available by Follet Preservation Microfilming Project, 1998. Films are held on open access in the Library (Archives MF 20-21).
Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue; Stanley Weintraub (ed) Bernard Shaw: the Diaries 1885-1897 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1986). Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright is held by the Society of Authors. Microfilm copies only.
The diaries were in the possession of Shaw's sister Lucy until her death in 1920, when they were inherited by Shaw's aunt Arabella Gilmore. Her daughter, Georgina Musters, later removed them from a storage warehouse  and sent them to Shaw's secretary, Blanche Patch, who made an incomplete transcript of them. They were eventually deposited for safekeeping with Otto Kyllmann, a director of Shaw's publisher, Constable and Company. The 1892 diary was given by Shaw's mother to a bookseller, who returned it to Shaw in 1907. On Shaw's death in 1950, all of his papers were bequeathed to between the British Museum and the LSE. The diaries were transferred from the British Museum to the Library in 1960, along with other materials bequeathed to the Library by Shaw. The typescript transcripts of the diaries made by Blanche Patch were bought by the Library in 1960. Also known as R 0293.
Stanley Weintraub (ed) Bernard Shaw: the Diaries 1885-1897 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1986).