T. E. Lawrence Letters

Scope and Content

Written between 16 June 1927 and 5 April 1935, the letters represent Lawrence's part of a correspondence with Ede that initially focussed on Lawrence's writings. They also provide insight to his (as Thomas Edward Shaw) service in the ranks, 1922 - 1935, particularly his work with motor launches. Ede (b. 1895 d. 1990) a former curator at the Tate gallery, acquired much of the estate of Sophie Brzeska, the partner of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Later he wrote two books about the couple, the writing of which was the subject of several of the letters in this collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection of forty-four original letters from T. E. Lawrence to H. S. 'Jim' Ede of Kettlesyard were donated to the Library by Ede in 1964. These letters were published previously in 1942 as Shaw-Ede: T. E. Lawrence's letters to H. S. Ede 1927 - 1935.

Access Information

By written application to either the Librarian or Deputy Librarian. A letter of introduction may be required and prospective users will be obliged to sign an undertaking outlining the terms and conditions of access to the research materials.

Access to the original letters is restricted. Consultation copies are to be used instead of the originals.


This record was compiled by Yulu Griffith, UK Data Archive, using entries from:

Albert Sloman Library (2000) A Note on Special Collections, (University of Essex: Albert Sloman Library), p. 5. Additionally the published letters and http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/ and http://www.telstudies.org/

Record entered by Nadeem Ahmad of Qualidata, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Other Finding Aids

A record for all materials in the Special Collection is available via the Albert Sloman Library, Special Collections web page.

Conditions Governing Use

No part of the Special Collections material may be reproduced, published, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Albert Sloman Library. This may be obtained by application to the Librarian or Deputy Librarian.

Appraisal Information

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No further accruals expected


Ede's publication Shaw-Ede: T. E. Lawrence's letters to H. S. Ede 1927 - 1935 (London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1942) provides explanatory notes to the letters. It is available at the Albert Sloman Library (ref. DA 566.9.L3).

Additional Information

University of Essex: Albert Sloman Library.