Papers of T.E. Lawrence, with some related material c.1894-1970, and the correspondence and papers of A.W. Lawrence relating to his brother T.E. Lawrence, 1917-85.
Papers of T.E. Lawrence and A.W. Lawrence, c.1894-1985
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 161 MSS. Eng. b. 2095-6, c. 6737-58, c. 6767, d. 3327-49, e. 3299-301; Photogr. b. 27, c. 122-6, d. 27-8; Film 2058
- Dates of Creation[ca. 1894-1985]
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description60 shelfmarks
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935), was an archaeologist, soldier and author. He participated in the British Museum Expedition excavating the Hittite city of Carchemish, 1910-14. He was involved in the Arab Revolt from 1916 to 1918, and petitioned for the Arab cause in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. After his resignation as adviser to the Colonial Office in 1922, he wrote a personal account of the Arab revolt, which was published as The Seven Pillars of Wisdom in 1922. Further details can be found in the introduction to the online catalogue ( http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm and in the Dictionary of National Biography. Arnold Walter Lawrence was Lawrence's youngest brother. After his brother's death, A.W. Lawrence spent a considerable part of his life promoting Lawrence's memory, collecting papers about him, and condemning what he considered any misrepresentation of his character in the press. At the same time he pursued his own career as a professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University and at the University College of Ghana.
Conditions Governing Access
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections)
T.E. Lawrence's papers were given to the Bodleian Library by the Lawrence family over a period of 45 years, beginning with a gift of family letters in 1939, and continuing to arrive intermittently throughout the decades to 1985. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust gave a bundle of press cuttings to add to the collection in 2000 (see MS. Eng. c. 6767).
The papers were given to the Bodleian on condition that until 1970 they could be consulted only with the written permission of the Lawrence Trustees (who acted for the family). This restriction was later extended to 1 January 2000. From that date the Bodleian administers requests for access to and copies of the papers.
Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other Finding Aids
A catalogue of the collection is available online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests to publish or quote from the papers must be addressed in writing to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust, through the Bodleian Library.