The Quentin Bell Papers, extending to over five thousand letters and related documents, are concerned chiefly with evaluating and commenting on research, advising on editorial matters, and the business of administering copyright consents. The collection therefore contains a large body of correspondence between Professor Bell and the many scholars, critics and enthusiasts world-wide who contributed to Woolf studies in the second half of the twentieth century. That sequence of letters constitutes the first part of this archive - the General Correspondence.
The second part of the collection, listed under Topic Files, comprises subject and thematic files which relate to both Virginia Woolf and other members or activities of the Bloomsbury group, with a few exceptions (the Bells' visit to China in 1982-83; correspondence with Ernst Gombrich). The file titles are those assigned by Professor Bell. The largest group includes over seven hundred letters between Bell and the staff of the Hogarth Press.