Papers of Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (1913-80)

Scope and Content

Barbara Pym's papers include the manuscripts of published and unpublished novels and short stories, literary papers, notebooks, diaries and correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (1913-80) was a novelist. Further details can be found in the introduction to the online catalogue ( and in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The majority of the papers (together with published translations, catalogued as [pr. bk.] 25615 e. 17194, 25617 e. 12567-9) were given by Hilary Walton, 1980, and Robert Smith, 1981.


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