Papers of Kenneth Grahame

Scope and Content

Papers and letters of Kenneth Grahame, his wife Elspeth and his sister-in-law Winifred Hope Thomson, including papers relating to The Wind in the Willows, correspondence with publishers, letters from Grahame to his wife, and photographs of and by Winifred H. Thomson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was an author and the Secretary of the Bank of England. He married Elspeth Thomson in 1899. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought from the Dorneywood Trust in 1961.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43834-71.

Custodial History

The papers were left by Elspeth Grahame to her brother Courtauld, Baron Courtauld-Thomson, in 1946.

Related Material

See also Manuscripts of Kenneth Grahame (MSS. Eng. misc. d. 281-2, e. 247-8).


The papers were used in P.R. Chalmers, Kenneth Grahame: life, letters and unpublished work (London, 1933) and in P.M. Green, Kenneth Grahame: a biography (London, 1959).